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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$103,632
Australia & Oceania$104,810
Central Asia$78,748
East & SE Asia$89,100
Europe$113,369
Middle East$76,868
North America$90,231
South America$85,997
South Asia$71,275
RegionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Africa$103,632from1,875 responsesacross92 jobs
Australia & Oceania$104,810from808 responsesacross86 jobs
Central Asia$78,748from663 responsesacross87 jobs
East & SE Asia$89,100from900 responsesacross84 jobs
Europe$113,369from1,416 responsesacross93 jobs
Middle East$76,868from2,997 responsesacross91 jobs
North America$90,231from6,228 responsesacross94 jobs
South America$85,997from968 responsesacross86 jobs
South Asia$71,275from769 responsesacross89 jobs


Compensation by Type of Position   Last 12 Months
Type of PositionAverage Compensation
Drilling$120,582
Engineering$86,677
Geoscience$100,537
HSE$83,371
Maritime$99,284
Mgmt/Support$91,364
Oilfield Service$83,995
Production$89,928
Trades$76,265
Type of PositionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Drilling$120,582from1,596 responsesacross12 jobs
Engineering$86,677from4,109 responsesacross18 jobs
Geoscience$100,537from628 responsesacross5 jobs
HSE$83,371from1,722 responsesacross7 jobs
Maritime$99,284from783 responsesacross11 jobs
Mgmt/Support$91,364from3,322 responsesacross9 jobs
Oilfield Service$83,995from1,562 responsesacross15 jobs
Production$89,928from969 responsesacross7 jobs
Trades$76,265from1,933 responsesacross10 jobs
  
Recent Trends
Down Operations Manager
Avg Salary Down More Than 5%
 
Down Directional Driller
Avg Salary Down More Than 5%
 
Down Budget / Cost Control
Avg Salary Down Less Than 5%
 
Up Petroleum Engineer
Avg Salary Up Less Than 5%
 
Up Captain
Avg Salary Up More Than 5%
 
Up Toolpusher
Avg Salary Up Less Than 5%
 
Changes calculated based on salary data submitted in last 90 days versus all previous year salaries for that job title.
Recent Results
Welder/Fitter replied Sep 20
working in North America down in 2014
with 12 years exp. vs 2013
 
Executive replied Sep 20
working in Middle East up in 2014
with 10 years exp. vs 2013
 
Petroleum Engineer replied Sep 20
working in Africa up in 2014
with 3 years exp. vs 2013
 
General / Other Eng. replied Sep 20
working in Middle East up in 2014
with 4 years exp. vs 2013
 
Other Rig Worker replied Sep 20
working in Europe up in 2014
with 14 years exp. vs 2013
 
Other Rig Worker replied Sep 20
working in Europe up in 2014
with 14 years exp. vs 2013
 
Civil Engineer replied Sep 20
working in Middle East up in 2014
with 10 years exp. vs 2013
 
Mechanical Engineer replied Sep 20
working in North America up in 2014
with 2 years exp. vs 2013
 
Rig Manager replied Sep 20
working in South America up in 2014
with 11 years exp. vs 2013
 
Petrophysicist replied Sep 20
working in Europe up in 2014
with 5 years exp. vs 2013
 
Other Backoffice replied Sep 20
working in East & SE Asia down in 2014
with 17 years exp. vs 2013
 
Geoscientist replied Sep 20
working in South America up in 2014
with 23 years exp. vs 2013
 
Geologist replied Sep 20
working in North America up in 2014
with 15 years exp. vs 2013
 
Budget / Cost Control replied Sep 20
working in North America up in 2014
with 30 years exp. vs 2013
 
Corrosion Engineer replied Sep 20
working in Middle East up in 2014
with 11 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.