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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$103,385
Australia & Oceania$104,598
Central Asia$78,212
East & SE Asia$86,229
Europe$112,876
Middle East$76,852
North America$90,208
South America$86,128
South Asia$71,166
RegionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Africa$103,385from1,825 responsesacross91 jobs
Australia & Oceania$104,598from760 responsesacross86 jobs
Central Asia$78,212from649 responsesacross87 jobs
East & SE Asia$86,229from997 responsesacross84 jobs
Europe$112,876from1,395 responsesacross94 jobs
Middle East$76,852from2,932 responsesacross92 jobs
North America$90,208from6,019 responsesacross94 jobs
South America$86,128from964 responsesacross87 jobs
South Asia$71,166from701 responsesacross86 jobs


Compensation by Type of Position   Last 12 Months
Type of PositionAverage Compensation
Drilling$120,529
Engineering$86,200
Geoscience$100,577
HSE$83,530
Maritime$98,655
Mgmt/Support$90,873
Oilfield Service$84,286
Production$89,942
Trades$75,887
Type of PositionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Drilling$120,529from1,555 responsesacross12 jobs
Engineering$86,200from4,035 responsesacross18 jobs
Geoscience$100,577from620 responsesacross5 jobs
HSE$83,530from1,675 responsesacross7 jobs
Maritime$98,655from768 responsesacross11 jobs
Mgmt/Support$90,873from3,218 responsesacross9 jobs
Oilfield Service$84,286from1,515 responsesacross15 jobs
Production$89,942from956 responsesacross7 jobs
Trades$75,887from1,900 responsesacross10 jobs
  
Recent Trends
Down Workover or Completion
Avg Salary Down More Than 5%
 
Down Mechanical Engineer
Avg Salary Down More Than 5%
 
Up Other Backoffice
Avg Salary Up Less Than 5%
 
Down Sales / Marketing
Avg Salary Down Less Than 5%
 
Down Electrician
Avg Salary Down More Than 5%
 
Up Other Production Support
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
Instrument Engineer replied Oct 24
working in Middle East up in 2014
with 19 years exp. vs 2013
 
Electrician replied Oct 24
working in Middle East up in 2014
with 7 years exp. vs 2013
 
Electrician replied Oct 24
working in Middle East up in 2014
with 27 years exp. vs 2013
 
Safety Officer replied Oct 24
working in Africa up in 2014
with 5 years exp. vs 2013
 
Executive replied Oct 24
working in Europe down in 2014
with 18 years exp. vs 2013
 
Design Engineer replied Oct 24
working in East & SE Asia up in 2014
with 6 years exp. vs 2013
 
General / Other Eng. replied Oct 24
working in Middle East up in 2014
with 7 years exp. vs 2013
 
Maintenance Engineer replied Oct 24
working in Europe up in 2014
with 6 years exp. vs 2013
 
Geologist replied Oct 24
working in Australia & Oceania up in 2014
with 8 years exp. vs 2013
 
Petrophysicist replied Oct 24
working in Europe up in 2014
with 6 years exp. vs 2013
 
Petrophysicist replied Oct 24
working in Europe up in 2014
with 6 years exp. vs 2013
 
Budget / Cost Control replied Oct 24
working in Europe up in 2014
with 30 years exp. vs 2013
 
Budget / Cost Control replied Oct 24
working in Europe up in 2014
with 30 years exp. vs 2013
 
Captain replied Oct 23
working in East & SE Asia up in 2014
with 30 years exp. vs 2013
 
Operations Manager replied Oct 23
working in Middle East up in 2014
with 14 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.