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$101,956
Australia & Oceania$98,350
Central Asia$78,001
East & SE Asia$69,755
Europe$112,044
Middle East$77,790
North America$92,037
South America$85,842
South Asia$71,110
RegionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Africa$101,956from868 responsesacross84 jobs
Australia & Oceania$98,350from259 responsesacross68 jobs
Central Asia$78,001from230 responsesacross64 jobs
East & SE Asia$69,755from892 responsesacross80 jobs
Europe$112,044from1,028 responsesacross83 jobs
Middle East$77,790from1,884 responsesacross82 jobs
North America$92,037from1,899 responsesacross83 jobs
South America$85,842from430 responsesacross73 jobs
South Asia$71,110from252 responsesacross66 jobs


Compensation by Type of Position   Last 12 Months
Type of PositionAverage Compensation
Drilling$109,147
Engineering$85,411
Geoscience$108,031
HSE$84,644
Maritime$100,849
Mgmt/Support$92,309
Oilfield Service$77,520
Production$87,626
Trades$71,338
Type of PositionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Drilling$109,147from693 responsesacross10 jobs
Engineering$85,411from2,374 responsesacross18 jobs
Geoscience$108,031from375 responsesacross5 jobs
HSE$84,644from747 responsesacross6 jobs
Maritime$100,849from286 responsesacross8 jobs
Mgmt/Support$92,309from1,426 responsesacross9 jobs
Oilfield Service$77,520from734 responsesacross14 jobs
Production$87,626from429 responsesacross6 jobs
Trades$71,338from678 responsesacross10 jobs
  
Recent Trends
Down Other HSE
Avg Salary Down More Than 5%
 
Down Leasing / Contracts
Avg Salary Down More Than 5%
 
Up Other Backoffice
Avg Salary Up Less Than 5%
 
Up Design Engineer
Avg Salary Up More Than 5%
 
Down Drilling Consultant
Avg Salary Down Less Than 5%
 
Down Production Operator
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 Rig Worker replied Apr 25
working in South Asia up in 2017
with 5 years exp. vs 2016
 
Chemical Engineer replied Apr 25
working in North America down in 2017
with 10 years exp. vs 2016
 
Crane Operator replied Apr 25
working in Europe down in 2017
with 30 years exp. vs 2016
 
ROV Tech/Pilot replied Apr 25
working in North America down in 2017
with 10 years exp. vs 2016
 
Field Service Tech replied Apr 25
working in North America up in 2017
with 7 years exp. vs 2016
 
Reservoir Engineer replied Apr 25
working in North America up in 2017
with 7 years exp. vs 2016
 
Mechanical Engineer replied Apr 25
working in North America up in 2017
with 12 years exp. vs 2016
 
Structural Engineer replied Apr 25
working in North America down in 2017
with 9 years exp. vs 2016
 
Production Engineer replied Apr 25
working in North America up in 2017
with 30 years exp. vs 2016
 
Toolpusher replied Apr 25
working in Africa up in 2017
with 12 years exp. vs 2016
 
Toolpusher replied Apr 25
working in Africa up in 2017
with 12 years exp. vs 2016
 
Operations Manager replied Apr 25
working in Middle East down in 2017
with 30 years exp. vs 2016
 
Structural Engineer replied Apr 25
working in Middle East up in 2017
with 12 years exp. vs 2016
 
Operations Manager replied Apr 25
working in Middle East up in 2017
with 17 years exp. vs 2016
 
Operations Manager replied Apr 25
working in Middle East up in 2017
with 17 years exp. vs 2016
 
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.