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$108,303
Australia & Oceania$98,977
Central Asia$75,691
East & SE Asia$73,155
Europe$119,669
Middle East$77,916
North America$95,519
South America$88,356
South Asia$68,265
RegionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Africa$108,303from1,198 responsesacross87 jobs
Australia & Oceania$98,977from372 responsesacross74 jobs
Central Asia$75,691from263 responsesacross67 jobs
East & SE Asia$73,155from1,128 responsesacross87 jobs
Europe$119,669from1,391 responsesacross89 jobs
Middle East$77,916from2,348 responsesacross90 jobs
North America$95,519from2,251 responsesacross92 jobs
South America$88,356from578 responsesacross83 jobs
South Asia$68,265from322 responsesacross68 jobs


Compensation by Type of Position   Last 12 Months
Type of PositionAverage Compensation
Drilling$116,549
Engineering$89,653
Geoscience$107,097
HSE$84,998
Maritime$96,559
Mgmt/Support$96,879
Oilfield Service$79,002
Production$90,265
Trades$75,522
Type of PositionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Drilling$116,549from879 responsesacross11 jobs
Engineering$89,653from2,941 responsesacross18 jobs
Geoscience$107,097from490 responsesacross5 jobs
HSE$84,998from973 responsesacross7 jobs
Maritime$96,559from403 responsesacross10 jobs
Mgmt/Support$96,879from1,870 responsesacross9 jobs
Oilfield Service$79,002from873 responsesacross15 jobs
Production$90,265from592 responsesacross7 jobs
Trades$75,522from830 responsesacross10 jobs
  
Recent Trends
Up Crane Operator
Avg Salary Up Less Than 5%
 
Down Field Service Tech
Avg Salary Down Less Than 5%
 
Up Welder/Fitter
Avg Salary Up More Than 5%
 
Down Subsea Engineer
Avg Salary Down Less Than 5%
 
Up Safety Engineer
Avg Salary Up Less Than 5%
 
Down Safety Officer
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
Coil Tubing replied May 24
working in North America up in 2016
with 15 years exp. vs 2015
 
Executive replied May 24
working in East & SE Asia down in 2016
with 15 years exp. vs 2015
 
General / Other Eng. replied May 24
working in North America up in 2016
with 25 years exp. vs 2015
 
Sales / Marketing replied May 24
working in Middle East up in 2016
with 12 years exp. vs 2015
 
Mechanical Engineer replied May 24
working in Africa up in 2016
with 6 years exp. vs 2015
 
Petroleum Engineer replied May 24
working in Middle East up in 2016
with 14 years exp. vs 2015
 
Geoscientist replied May 24
working in Africa down in 2016
with 2 years exp. vs 2015
 
Instrument Engineer replied May 24
working in East & SE Asia up in 2016
with 6 years exp. vs 2015
 
General / Other Eng. replied May 24
working in North America up in 2016
with 6 years exp. vs 2015
 
Leasing / Contracts replied May 24
working in Middle East up in 2016
with 8 years exp. vs 2015
 
Field Service Tech replied May 23
working in Australia & Oceania up in 2016
with 4 years exp. vs 2015
 
Executive replied May 23
working in Middle East up in 2016
with 30 years exp. vs 2015
 
Executive replied May 23
working in North America up in 2016
with 16 years exp. vs 2015
 
Pipe Inspection replied May 23
working in Middle East up in 2016
with 2 years exp. vs 2015
 
Driller replied May 23
working in Europe down in 2016
with 9 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.