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$102,042
Australia & Oceania$99,190
Central Asia$75,503
East & SE Asia$69,006
Europe$111,998
Middle East$77,176
North America$91,625
South America$86,295
South Asia$71,832
RegionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Africa$102,042from848 responsesacross83 jobs
Australia & Oceania$99,190from247 responsesacross66 jobs
Central Asia$75,503from228 responsesacross63 jobs
East & SE Asia$69,006from857 responsesacross80 jobs
Europe$111,998from983 responsesacross83 jobs
Middle East$77,176from1,830 responsesacross81 jobs
North America$91,625from1,865 responsesacross83 jobs
South America$86,295from423 responsesacross73 jobs
South Asia$71,832from243 responsesacross62 jobs


Compensation by Type of Position   Last 12 Months
Type of PositionAverage Compensation
Drilling$107,900
Engineering$84,676
Geoscience$108,051
HSE$84,936
Maritime$101,338
Mgmt/Support$91,800
Oilfield Service$77,133
Production$87,979
Trades$71,727
Type of PositionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Drilling$107,900from676 responsesacross10 jobs
Engineering$84,676from2,319 responsesacross18 jobs
Geoscience$108,051from363 responsesacross5 jobs
HSE$84,936from716 responsesacross6 jobs
Maritime$101,338from269 responsesacross8 jobs
Mgmt/Support$91,800from1,409 responsesacross9 jobs
Oilfield Service$77,133from722 responsesacross14 jobs
Production$87,979from406 responsesacross6 jobs
Trades$71,727from644 responsesacross10 jobs
  
Recent Trends
Down Executive
Avg Salary Down More Than 5%
 
Down Marine Engineer
Avg Salary Down Less Than 5%
 
Down Accounting / Finance
Avg Salary Down Less Than 5%
 
Up Geoscientist
Avg Salary Up Less Than 5%
 
Down Safety Officer
Avg Salary Down Less Than 5%
 
Down Other HSE
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
Drilling Engineer replied May 23
working in South Asia up in 2017
with 10 years exp. vs 2016
 
Pipe Inspection replied May 23
working in East & SE Asia down in 2017
with 8 years exp. vs 2016
 
Downhole Intervention replied May 23
working in South Asia down in 2017
with 30 years exp. vs 2016
 
Reservoir Engineer replied May 23
working in Australia & Oceania up in 2017
with 13 years exp. vs 2016
 
MWD/LWD/Logging replied May 22
working in North America up in 2017
with 7 years exp. vs 2016
 
Mechanical Engineer replied May 22
working in North America up in 2017
with 23 years exp. vs 2016
 
Welder/Fitter replied May 22
working in Middle East up in 2017
with 3 years exp. vs 2016
 
Petroleum Engineer replied May 22
working in Middle East up in 2017
with 6 years exp. vs 2016
 
Marine Engineer replied May 22
working in Africa up in 2017
with 17 years exp. vs 2016
 
Onshore Worker replied May 22
working in South America up in 2017
with 16 years exp. vs 2016
 
Operations Manager replied May 22
working in Europe up in 2017
with 25 years exp. vs 2016
 
Production Engineer replied May 22
working in Africa up in 2017
with 10 years exp. vs 2016
 
Production Engineer replied May 22
working in Africa up in 2017
with 10 years exp. vs 2016
 
Safety Officer replied May 22
working in Africa up in 2017
with 4 years exp. vs 2016
 
Budget / Cost Control replied May 22
working in South Asia up in 2017
with 13 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.