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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$104,571
Australia & Oceania$104,796
Central Asia$77,553
East & SE Asia$91,296
Europe$114,500
Middle East$78,091
North America$90,572
South America$86,783
South Asia$71,349
RegionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Africa$104,571from1,877 responsesacross91 jobs
Australia & Oceania$104,796from823 responsesacross86 jobs
Central Asia$77,553from731 responsesacross88 jobs
East & SE Asia$91,296from740 responsesacross83 jobs
Europe$114,500from1,459 responsesacross93 jobs
Middle East$78,091from3,055 responsesacross92 jobs
North America$90,572from6,628 responsesacross95 jobs
South America$86,783from981 responsesacross88 jobs
South Asia$71,349from825 responsesacross91 jobs


Compensation by Type of Position   Last 12 Months
Type of PositionAverage Compensation
Drilling$120,289
Engineering$87,406
Geoscience$100,111
HSE$83,159
Maritime$99,073
Mgmt/Support$92,031
Oilfield Service$84,062
Production$91,483
Trades$76,942
Type of PositionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Drilling$120,289from1,709 responsesacross12 jobs
Engineering$87,406from4,120 responsesacross18 jobs
Geoscience$100,111from646 responsesacross5 jobs
HSE$83,159from1,755 responsesacross7 jobs
Maritime$99,073from819 responsesacross11 jobs
Mgmt/Support$92,031from3,439 responsesacross9 jobs
Oilfield Service$84,062from1,634 responsesacross16 jobs
Production$91,483from1,019 responsesacross7 jobs
Trades$76,942from1,978 responsesacross10 jobs
  
Recent Trends
Up Captain
Avg Salary Up More Than 5%
 
Up Leasing / Contracts
Avg Salary Up Less Than 5%
 
Down Dynamic Position Officer
Avg Salary Down Less Than 5%
 
Down Production Operator
Avg Salary Down More Than 5%
 
Down Mechanical Engineer
Avg Salary Down More Than 5%
 
Up Safety Officer
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
Operations Manager replied Jul 31
working in Middle East up in 2014
with 21 years exp. vs 2013
 
Chemical Engineer replied Jul 31
working in Middle East up in 2014
with 21 years exp. vs 2013
 
Workover or Completion replied Jul 31
working in Europe up in 2014
with 13 years exp. vs 2013
 
Civil Engineer replied Jul 31
working in Middle East up in 2014
with 11 years exp. vs 2013
 
Subsea Engineer replied Jul 31
working in North America up in 2014
with 3 years exp. vs 2013
 
Other Backoffice replied Jul 31
working in South Asia up in 2014
with 9 years exp. vs 2013
 
Executive replied Jul 31
working in East & SE Asia up in 2014
with 4 years exp. vs 2013
 
Pipe Inspection replied Jul 31
working in North America up in 2014
with 6 years exp. vs 2013
 
Dynamic Position Officer replied Jul 31
working in East & SE Asia up in 2014
with 4 years exp. vs 2013
 
Pipeline Engineer replied Jul 31
working in Middle East up in 2014
with 8 years exp. vs 2013
 
Production Operator replied Jul 31
working in East & SE Asia up in 2014
with 15 years exp. vs 2013
 
Elec. or Instr. Tech replied Jul 31
working in North America up in 2014
with 22 years exp. vs 2013
 
Toolpusher replied Jul 31
working in Middle East up in 2014
with 20 years exp. vs 2013
 
EMT / Paramedic replied Jul 31
working in North America up in 2014
with 7 years exp. vs 2013
 
Operations Manager replied Jul 31
working in North America up in 2014
with 9 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.