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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$102,976
Australia & Oceania$104,681
Central Asia$78,275
East & SE Asia$85,494
Europe$113,193
Middle East$77,001
North America$90,053
South America$85,671
South Asia$71,126
RegionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Africa$102,976from1,808 responsesacross92 jobs
Australia & Oceania$104,681from754 responsesacross86 jobs
Central Asia$78,275from651 responsesacross87 jobs
East & SE Asia$85,494from1,010 responsesacross84 jobs
Europe$113,193from1,379 responsesacross94 jobs
Middle East$77,001from2,921 responsesacross92 jobs
North America$90,053from5,986 responsesacross94 jobs
South America$85,671from955 responsesacross88 jobs
South Asia$71,126from683 responsesacross86 jobs


Compensation by Type of Position   Last 12 Months
Type of PositionAverage Compensation
Drilling$120,031
Engineering$86,062
Geoscience$100,683
HSE$83,362
Maritime$98,671
Mgmt/Support$90,730
Oilfield Service$84,397
Production$89,805
Trades$75,704
Type of PositionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Drilling$120,031from1,555 responsesacross12 jobs
Engineering$86,062from4,007 responsesacross18 jobs
Geoscience$100,683from618 responsesacross5 jobs
HSE$83,362from1,672 responsesacross7 jobs
Maritime$98,671from758 responsesacross11 jobs
Mgmt/Support$90,730from3,192 responsesacross9 jobs
Oilfield Service$84,397from1,503 responsesacross15 jobs
Production$89,805from949 responsesacross7 jobs
Trades$75,704from1,893 responsesacross10 jobs
  
Recent Trends
Up Other Backoffice
Avg Salary Up Less Than 5%
 
Up Instrument Engineer
Avg Salary Up Less Than 5%
 
Up Field Service Tech
Avg Salary Up Less Than 5%
 
Down Elec. or Instr. Tech
Avg Salary Down More Than 5%
 
Down Safety Engineer
Avg Salary Down More Than 5%
 
Up Trainer
Avg Salary Up 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
Accounting / Finance replied Oct 31
working in North America up in 2014
with 30 years exp. vs 2013
 
Floorhand replied Oct 31
working in North America up in 2014
with 6 years exp. vs 2013
 
Information Technology replied Oct 31
working in North America up in 2014
with 4 years exp. vs 2013
 
Mechanic replied Oct 31
working in Middle East down in 2014
with 12 years exp. vs 2013
 
Mechanic replied Oct 31
working in Middle East down in 2014
with 12 years exp. vs 2013
 
Maintenance Engineer replied Oct 31
working in North America up in 2014
with 2 years exp. vs 2013
 
Maintenance Engineer replied Oct 31
working in North America up in 2014
with 2 years exp. vs 2013
 
Corrosion Engineer replied Oct 31
working in North America up in 2014
with 10 years exp. vs 2013
 
Well Control replied Oct 31
working in Europe down in 2014
with 16 years exp. vs 2013
 
Directional Driller replied Oct 31
working in Europe down in 2014
with 30 years exp. vs 2013
 
Well Control replied Oct 31
working in Middle East up in 2014
with 7 years exp. vs 2013
 
Electrical Engineer replied Oct 31
working in South America up in 2014
with 27 years exp. vs 2013
 
Maintenance Engineer replied Oct 31
working in Middle East down in 2014
with 4 years exp. vs 2013
 
Maintenance Engineer replied Oct 31
working in Middle East up in 2014
with 4 years exp. vs 2013
 
Electrical Engineer replied Oct 31
working in Middle East up in 2014
with 17 years exp. vs 2013
 
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.