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$99,407
Australia & Oceania$95,194
Central Asia$68,282
East & SE Asia$71,481
Europe$109,754
Middle East$76,859
North America$92,479
South America$88,552
South Asia$73,437
RegionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Africa$99,407from720 responsesacross77 jobs
Australia & Oceania$95,194from184 responsesacross59 jobs
Central Asia$68,282from184 responsesacross57 jobs
East & SE Asia$71,481from675 responsesacross72 jobs
Europe$109,754from829 responsesacross78 jobs
Middle East$76,859from1,645 responsesacross77 jobs
North America$92,479from1,604 responsesacross82 jobs
South America$88,552from361 responsesacross68 jobs
South Asia$73,437from199 responsesacross54 jobs


Compensation by Type of Position   Last 12 Months
Type of PositionAverage Compensation
Drilling$108,291
Engineering$84,468
Geoscience$108,019
HSE$81,197
Maritime$102,607
Mgmt/Support$91,632
Oilfield Service$74,950
Production$89,136
Trades$71,757
Type of PositionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Drilling$108,291from669 responsesacross9 jobs
Engineering$84,468from2,019 responsesacross18 jobs
Geoscience$108,019from271 responsesacross5 jobs
HSE$81,197from611 responsesacross6 jobs
Maritime$102,607from210 responsesacross6 jobs
Mgmt/Support$91,632from1,177 responsesacross9 jobs
Oilfield Service$74,950from604 responsesacross14 jobs
Production$89,136from312 responsesacross6 jobs
Trades$71,757from528 responsesacross10 jobs
  
Recent Trends
Down Marine Engineer
Avg Salary Down Less Than 5%
 
Down Toolpusher
Avg Salary Down More Than 5%
 
Up Electrical Engineer
Avg Salary Up More Than 5%
 
Up Instrument Engineer
Avg Salary Up Less Than 5%
 
Up Electrician
Avg Salary Up More Than 5%
 
Down Design Engineer
Avg Salary Down 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
Elec. or Instr. Tech replied Oct 22
working in North America up in 2017
with 4 years exp. vs 2016
 
Geologist replied Oct 22
working in North America up in 2017
with 15 years exp. vs 2016
 
Mechanical Engineer replied Oct 22
working in Middle East down in 2017
with 9 years exp. vs 2016
 
Geologist replied Oct 22
working in East & SE Asia up in 2017
with 17 years exp. vs 2016
 
Marine Surveyor replied Oct 22
working in North America up in 2017
with 30 years exp. vs 2016
 
Operations Manager replied Oct 22
working in Europe up in 2017
with 17 years exp. vs 2016
 
Electrical Engineer replied Oct 22
working in East & SE Asia up in 2017
with 15 years exp. vs 2016
 
Executive replied Oct 21
working in Africa up in 2017
with 30 years exp. vs 2016
 
Cementing replied Oct 21
working in South America up in 2017
with 27 years exp. vs 2016
 
Pipe Inspection replied Oct 21
working in Middle East up in 2017
with 10 years exp. vs 2016
 
Instrument Engineer replied Oct 20
working in Europe down in 2017
with 28 years exp. vs 2016
 
Other Drilling Support replied Oct 20
working in Europe up in 2017
with 2 years exp. vs 2016
 
Electrician replied Oct 20
working in North America up in 2017
with 6 years exp. vs 2016
 
General / Other Eng. replied Oct 20
working in Africa up in 2017
with 8 years exp. vs 2016
 
General / Other Eng. replied Oct 20
working in Africa up in 2017
with 8 years exp. vs 2016
 
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.