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$108,545
Australia & Oceania$99,016
Central Asia$72,261
East & SE Asia$71,921
Europe$117,682
Middle East$75,716
North America$94,574
South America$90,627
South Asia$66,523
RegionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Africa$108,545from1,347 responsesacross89 jobs
Australia & Oceania$99,016from469 responsesacross86 jobs
Central Asia$72,261from275 responsesacross66 jobs
East & SE Asia$71,921from1,207 responsesacross88 jobs
Europe$117,682from1,665 responsesacross90 jobs
Middle East$75,716from2,650 responsesacross90 jobs
North America$94,574from2,646 responsesacross93 jobs
South America$90,627from664 responsesacross84 jobs
South Asia$66,523from338 responsesacross71 jobs


Compensation by Type of Position   Last 12 Months
Type of PositionAverage Compensation
Drilling$122,373
Engineering$87,859
Geoscience$106,754
HSE$86,207
Maritime$96,690
Mgmt/Support$95,867
Oilfield Service$78,209
Production$89,044
Trades$74,463
Type of PositionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Drilling$122,373from922 responsesacross12 jobs
Engineering$87,859from3,338 responsesacross18 jobs
Geoscience$106,754from527 responsesacross5 jobs
HSE$86,207from1,069 responsesacross7 jobs
Maritime$96,690from470 responsesacross10 jobs
Mgmt/Support$95,867from2,226 responsesacross9 jobs
Oilfield Service$78,209from1,045 responsesacross15 jobs
Production$89,044from674 responsesacross7 jobs
Trades$74,463from990 responsesacross10 jobs
  
Recent Trends
Up Electrical Engineer
Avg Salary Up Less Than 5%
 
Up Other HSE
Avg Salary Up Less Than 5%
 
Down Executive
Avg Salary Down Less Than 5%
 
Down Safety Officer
Avg Salary Down More Than 5%
 
Down Sales / Marketing
Avg Salary Down More Than 5%
 
Up Instrument Engineer
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
Other Rig Worker replied Feb 8
working in Middle East up in 2016
with 8 years exp. vs 2015
 
Derrickman replied Feb 8
working in Europe up in 2016
with 18 years exp. vs 2015
 
Budget / Cost Control replied Feb 8
working in Africa up in 2016
with 18 years exp. vs 2015
 
Other Rig Worker replied Feb 8
working in North America up in 2016
with 8 years exp. vs 2015
 
Operations Manager replied Feb 8
working in Middle East up in 2016
with 25 years exp. vs 2015
 
Safety Officer replied Feb 8
working in East & SE Asia down in 2016
with 30 years exp. vs 2015
 
Human Resources replied Feb 8
working in Europe up in 2016
with 20 years exp. vs 2015
 
Other Production Support replied Feb 8
working in Middle East up in 2016
with 9 years exp. vs 2015
 
Crane Operator replied Feb 8
working in North America up in 2016
with 4 years exp. vs 2015
 
Safety Officer replied Feb 7
working in Africa up in 2016
with 1 years exp. vs 2015
 
Subsea Engineer replied Feb 7
working in North America up in 2016
with 5 years exp. vs 2015
 
Mechanical Engineer replied Feb 7
working in Africa up in 2016
with 30 years exp. vs 2015
 
Petrophysicist replied Feb 7
working in Middle East up in 2016
with 30 years exp. vs 2015
 
Ships Engineer replied Feb 7
working in Europe up in 2016
with 28 years exp. vs 2015
 
Drilling Engineer replied Feb 7
working in South America up in 2016
with 4 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.