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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$101,005
Australia & Oceania$106,149
Central Asia$76,368
East & SE Asia$79,402
Europe$113,515
Middle East$76,446
North America$91,517
South America$86,131
South Asia$71,895
RegionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Africa$101,005from1,577 responsesacross91 jobs
Australia & Oceania$106,149from611 responsesacross82 jobs
Central Asia$76,368from434 responsesacross76 jobs
East & SE Asia$79,402from1,257 responsesacross87 jobs
Europe$113,515from1,347 responsesacross94 jobs
Middle East$76,446from2,647 responsesacross91 jobs
North America$91,517from4,675 responsesacross94 jobs
South America$86,131from852 responsesacross88 jobs
South Asia$71,895from446 responsesacross83 jobs


Compensation by Type of Position   Last 12 Months
Type of PositionAverage Compensation
Drilling$123,787
Engineering$85,150
Geoscience$100,150
HSE$84,059
Maritime$98,729
Mgmt/Support$91,357
Oilfield Service$81,933
Production$87,750
Trades$72,690
Type of PositionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Drilling$123,787from1,458 responsesacross12 jobs
Engineering$85,150from3,511 responsesacross18 jobs
Geoscience$100,150from533 responsesacross5 jobs
HSE$84,059from1,385 responsesacross7 jobs
Maritime$98,729from615 responsesacross11 jobs
Mgmt/Support$91,357from2,710 responsesacross9 jobs
Oilfield Service$81,933from1,284 responsesacross15 jobs
Production$87,750from802 responsesacross7 jobs
Trades$72,690from1,548 responsesacross10 jobs
  
Recent Trends
Down Operations Manager
Avg Salary Down Less Than 5%
 
Down Budget / Cost Control
Avg Salary Down Less Than 5%
 
Up Executive
Avg Salary Up More Than 5%
 
Up Other HSE
Avg Salary Up Less Than 5%
 
Down General / Other Eng.
Avg Salary Down Less Than 5%
 
Up Electrician
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
Trainer replied Mar 31
working in Middle East up in 2015
with 25 years exp. vs 2014
 
Driller replied Mar 31
working in Europe up in 2015
with 19 years exp. vs 2014
 
Drilling Consultant replied Mar 31
working in Europe down in 2015
with 28 years exp. vs 2014
 
Accounting / Finance replied Mar 31
working in Africa up in 2015
with 7 years exp. vs 2014
 
Electrical Engineer replied Mar 31
working in Europe up in 2015
with 18 years exp. vs 2014
 
Electrical Engineer replied Mar 31
working in Europe up in 2015
with 18 years exp. vs 2014
 
Electrical Engineer replied Mar 31
working in Europe up in 2015
with 18 years exp. vs 2014
 
Electrical Engineer replied Mar 31
working in Europe up in 2015
with 18 years exp. vs 2014
 
Electrical Engineer replied Mar 31
working in Europe up in 2015
with 18 years exp. vs 2014
 
Electrical Engineer replied Mar 31
working in Europe up in 2015
with 18 years exp. vs 2014
 
MWD/LWD/Logging replied Mar 31
working in Europe down in 2015
with 2 years exp. vs 2014
 
MWD/LWD/Logging replied Mar 31
working in Europe up in 2015
with 2 years exp. vs 2014
 
Information Technology replied Mar 31
working in Middle East up in 2015
with 10 years exp. vs 2014
 
Executive replied Mar 31
working in East & SE Asia up in 2015
with 20 years exp. vs 2014
 
Safety Officer replied Mar 31
working in Europe down in 2015
with 25 years exp. vs 2014
 
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.