Salary Survey

As part of our efforts to provide the best online resources for job seekers and employers, Rigzone has worked to compile a broad survey of industry salary trends. The information below is just an overview of the full collection of data.

For employers and recruiters, we provide a flexible online system to allow you to research years worth of compensation data, as well as the most current results. In addition, we offer one-time reports covering specific skill sets. Learn more about The Rigzone Compensation Tracker.

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Oil & Gas Industry Compensation Trends
The graph below shows the average compensation for all respondents each year.
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Compensation by Region   Last 12 Months
RegionAverage Compensation
Africa$105,148
Australia & Oceania$100,202
Central Asia$73,938
East & SE Asia$74,653
Europe$115,994
Middle East$76,111
North America$93,229
South America$89,830
South Asia$70,021
RegionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Africa$105,148from1,447 responsesacross91 jobs
Australia & Oceania$100,202from540 responsesacross84 jobs
Central Asia$73,938from305 responsesacross70 jobs
East & SE Asia$74,653from1,299 responsesacross90 jobs
Europe$115,994from1,695 responsesacross94 jobs
Middle East$76,111from2,679 responsesacross92 jobs
North America$93,229from3,406 responsesacross94 jobs
South America$89,830from735 responsesacross90 jobs
South Asia$70,021from364 responsesacross74 jobs


Compensation by Type of Position   Last 12 Months
Type of PositionAverage Compensation
Drilling$125,064
Engineering$86,995
Geoscience$104,101
HSE$84,922
Maritime$96,616
Mgmt/Support$93,895
Oilfield Service$79,526
Production$87,880
Trades$72,933
Type of PositionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Drilling$125,064from1,233 responsesacross12 jobs
Engineering$86,995from3,484 responsesacross18 jobs
Geoscience$104,101from533 responsesacross5 jobs
HSE$84,922from1,171 responsesacross7 jobs
Maritime$96,616from555 responsesacross11 jobs
Mgmt/Support$93,895from2,413 responsesacross9 jobs
Oilfield Service$79,526from1,125 responsesacross15 jobs
Production$87,880from723 responsesacross7 jobs
Trades$72,933from1,233 responsesacross10 jobs
  
Recent Trends
Up Reservoir Engineer
Avg Salary Up More Than 5%
 
Down Welder/Fitter
Avg Salary Down Less Than 5%
 
Down Production Operator
Avg Salary Down Less Than 5%
 
Down Pipe Inspection
Avg Salary Down Less Than 5%
 
Down Other Specialty
Avg Salary Down Less Than 5%
 
Down Production Engineer
Avg Salary Down More Than 5%
 
Changes calculated based on salary data submitted in last 90 days versus all previous year salaries for that job title.
Recent Results
Other Specialty replied Sep 5
working in East & SE Asia up in 2015
with 30 years exp. vs 2014
 
Environmental Engineer replied Sep 4
working in East & SE Asia up in 2015
with 6 years exp. vs 2014
 
EMT / Paramedic replied Sep 4
working in Middle East up in 2015
with 20 years exp. vs 2014
 
Workover or Completion replied Sep 4
working in North America up in 2015
with 12 years exp. vs 2014
 
Accounting / Finance replied Sep 4
working in North America up in 2015
with 27 years exp. vs 2014
 
Drilling Consultant replied Sep 4
working in Middle East up in 2015
with 15 years exp. vs 2014
 
Safety Officer replied Sep 4
working in North America up in 2015
with 6 years exp. vs 2014
 
Driller replied Sep 4
working in Middle East up in 2015
with 0 years exp. vs 2014
 
Oiler replied Sep 4
working in Middle East up in 2015
with 5 years exp. vs 2014
 
Executive replied Sep 4
working in North America up in 2015
with 12 years exp. vs 2014
 
Electrical Engineer replied Sep 4
working in Central Asia up in 2015
with 30 years exp. vs 2014
 
Civil Engineer replied Sep 4
working in East & SE Asia up in 2015
with 10 years exp. vs 2014
 
Operations Manager replied Sep 4
working in North America up in 2015
with 15 years exp. vs 2014
 
Subsea Engineer replied Sep 4
working in East & SE Asia up in 2015
with 10 years exp. vs 2014
 
Mechanical Engineer replied Sep 4
working in Central Asia up in 2015
with 5 years exp. vs 2014
 
Averages, changes, and standard ranges are calculated by converting local currencies entered by respondents into US dollars using the prevailing exchange rate at the time of the response. The currency conversion process can introduce some extra volatility in salaries given that currency exchange rates sometimes fluctuate markedly from year to year.

Low Range and Hi Range are calculated by taking the standard deviation for a given group of salaries, after conversion to US dollars, and then either adding or subtracting that deviation from the average salary for the group. This range represents approximately 70% of responses, excluding the upper and lower 15% of responses.