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$102,911
Australia & Oceania$102,578
Central Asia$74,602
East & SE Asia$76,834
Europe$114,964
Middle East$75,225
North America$92,577
South America$87,264
South Asia$70,465
RegionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Africa$102,911from1,575 responsesacross91 jobs
Australia & Oceania$102,578from578 responsesacross85 jobs
Central Asia$74,602from349 responsesacross69 jobs
East & SE Asia$76,834from1,352 responsesacross90 jobs
Europe$114,964from1,681 responsesacross93 jobs
Middle East$75,225from2,721 responsesacross92 jobs
North America$92,577from3,895 responsesacross94 jobs
South America$87,264from781 responsesacross88 jobs
South Asia$70,465from378 responsesacross76 jobs


Compensation by Type of Position   Last 12 Months
Type of PositionAverage Compensation
Drilling$124,194
Engineering$86,536
Geoscience$104,144
HSE$84,772
Maritime$97,302
Mgmt/Support$92,782
Oilfield Service$80,046
Production$87,233
Trades$72,355
Type of PositionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Drilling$124,194from1,325 responsesacross12 jobs
Engineering$86,536from3,666 responsesacross18 jobs
Geoscience$104,144from540 responsesacross5 jobs
HSE$84,772from1,280 responsesacross7 jobs
Maritime$97,302from572 responsesacross11 jobs
Mgmt/Support$92,782from2,593 responsesacross9 jobs
Oilfield Service$80,046from1,202 responsesacross15 jobs
Production$87,233from763 responsesacross7 jobs
Trades$72,355from1,369 responsesacross10 jobs
  
Recent Trends
Down Mud Engineer
Avg Salary Down More Than 5%
 
Up EMT / Paramedic
Avg Salary Up More Than 5%
 
Down Other Trade
Avg Salary Down Less Than 5%
 
Up Mechanical Engineer
Avg Salary Up More Than 5%
 
Up Structural Engineer
Avg Salary Up More Than 5%
 
Down Safety Officer
Avg Salary Down 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
Ships Engineer replied Jul 5
working in Middle East up in 2015
with 14 years exp. vs 2014
 
Other Drilling Support replied Jul 5
working in Africa down in 2015
with 3 years exp. vs 2014
 
Design Engineer replied Jul 4
working in Middle East up in 2015
with 8 years exp. vs 2014
 
Mechanical Engineer replied Jul 4
working in Middle East up in 2015
with 28 years exp. vs 2014
 
Electrical Engineer replied Jul 4
working in East & SE Asia up in 2015
with 25 years exp. vs 2014
 
Civil Engineer replied Jul 4
working in Middle East up in 2015
with 30 years exp. vs 2014
 
Structural Engineer replied Jul 4
working in North America down in 2015
with 15 years exp. vs 2014
 
Other Rig Worker replied Jul 4
working in Europe up in 2015
with 8 years exp. vs 2014
 
Field Service Tech replied Jul 4
working in North America up in 2015
with 5 years exp. vs 2014
 
Safety Officer replied Jul 4
working in Africa up in 2015
with 13 years exp. vs 2014
 
General / Other Eng. replied Jul 4
working in Africa up in 2015
with 5 years exp. vs 2014
 
Civil Engineer replied Jul 4
working in Australia & Oceania up in 2015
with 25 years exp. vs 2014
 
Mechanical Engineer replied Jul 4
working in Middle East up in 2015
with 25 years exp. vs 2014
 
EMT / Paramedic replied Jul 4
working in Europe up in 2015
with 3 years exp. vs 2014
 
Onshore Worker replied Jul 4
working in Europe down in 2015
with 4 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.