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$108,269
Australia & Oceania$98,919
Central Asia$74,813
East & SE Asia$72,021
Europe$119,543
Middle East$77,178
North America$95,580
South America$88,969
South Asia$67,362
RegionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Africa$108,269from1,238 responsesacross88 jobs
Australia & Oceania$98,919from401 responsesacross82 jobs
Central Asia$74,813from266 responsesacross65 jobs
East & SE Asia$72,021from1,149 responsesacross88 jobs
Europe$119,543from1,451 responsesacross89 jobs
Middle East$77,178from2,402 responsesacross90 jobs
North America$95,580from2,336 responsesacross92 jobs
South America$88,969from594 responsesacross84 jobs
South Asia$67,362from331 responsesacross68 jobs


Compensation by Type of Position   Last 12 Months
Type of PositionAverage Compensation
Drilling$117,481
Engineering$89,268
Geoscience$106,695
HSE$85,282
Maritime$96,149
Mgmt/Support$96,276
Oilfield Service$79,255
Production$89,036
Trades$75,781
Type of PositionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Drilling$117,481from890 responsesacross12 jobs
Engineering$89,268from3,027 responsesacross18 jobs
Geoscience$106,695from503 responsesacross5 jobs
HSE$85,282from995 responsesacross7 jobs
Maritime$96,149from412 responsesacross10 jobs
Mgmt/Support$96,276from1,971 responsesacross9 jobs
Oilfield Service$79,255from884 responsesacross15 jobs
Production$89,036from624 responsesacross7 jobs
Trades$75,781from862 responsesacross10 jobs
  
Recent Trends
Down Accounting / Finance
Avg Salary Down Less Than 5%
 
Up Other HSE
Avg Salary Up More Than 5%
 
Up Reservoir Engineer
Avg Salary Up More Than 5%
 
Down Structural Engineer
Avg Salary Down More Than 5%
 
Up Offshore Worker
Avg Salary Up More Than 5%
 
Down Safety Officer
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
Subsea Engineer replied May 6
working in Africa up in 2016
with 20 years exp. vs 2015
 
Production Operator replied May 6
working in Africa up in 2016
with 25 years exp. vs 2015
 
Petrophysicist replied May 6
working in Europe up in 2016
with 27 years exp. vs 2015
 
Driller replied May 6
working in Middle East down in 2016
with 13 years exp. vs 2015
 
Marine Surveyor replied May 6
working in Middle East up in 2016
with 25 years exp. vs 2015
 
Field Service Tech replied May 5
working in East & SE Asia up in 2016
with 12 years exp. vs 2015
 
Chemical Engineer replied May 5
working in North America up in 2016
with 5 years exp. vs 2015
 
Safety Engineer replied May 5
working in Middle East up in 2016
with 10 years exp. vs 2015
 
Rigger replied May 5
working in Australia & Oceania down in 2016
with 14 years exp. vs 2015
 
Trainer replied May 5
working in Africa down in 2016
with 10 years exp. vs 2015
 
Safety Officer replied May 5
working in Africa down in 2016
with 10 years exp. vs 2015
 
Executive replied May 5
working in North America up in 2016
with 25 years exp. vs 2015
 
Captain replied May 5
working in North America down in 2016
with 30 years exp. vs 2015
 
HVAC replied May 5
working in Middle East up in 2016
with 22 years exp. vs 2015
 
Petroleum Engineer replied May 5
working in Australia & Oceania down in 2016
with 9 years exp. vs 2015
 
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.