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$101,245
Australia & Oceania$95,574
Central Asia$66,289
East & SE Asia$70,814
Europe$110,013
Middle East$76,545
North America$92,397
South America$89,536
South Asia$73,272
RegionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Africa$101,245from732 responsesacross79 jobs
Australia & Oceania$95,574from206 responsesacross62 jobs
Central Asia$66,289from190 responsesacross59 jobs
East & SE Asia$70,814from722 responsesacross73 jobs
Europe$110,013from872 responsesacross79 jobs
Middle East$76,545from1,668 responsesacross78 jobs
North America$92,397from1,668 responsesacross82 jobs
South America$89,536from383 responsesacross68 jobs
South Asia$73,272from216 responsesacross56 jobs


Compensation by Type of Position   Last 12 Months
Type of PositionAverage Compensation
Drilling$108,718
Engineering$84,603
Geoscience$107,558
HSE$81,145
Maritime$102,134
Mgmt/Support$91,942
Oilfield Service$74,955
Production$89,280
Trades$71,121
Type of PositionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Drilling$108,718from686 responsesacross9 jobs
Engineering$84,603from2,079 responsesacross18 jobs
Geoscience$107,558from296 responsesacross5 jobs
HSE$81,145from624 responsesacross6 jobs
Maritime$102,134from218 responsesacross6 jobs
Mgmt/Support$91,942from1,235 responsesacross9 jobs
Oilfield Service$74,955from618 responsesacross14 jobs
Production$89,280from342 responsesacross6 jobs
Trades$71,121from559 responsesacross10 jobs
  
Recent Trends
Up Civil Engineer
Avg Salary Up Less Than 5%
 
Up Reservoir Engineer
Avg Salary Up More Than 5%
 
Down Operations Manager
Avg Salary Down More Than 5%
 
Down Process Engineer
Avg Salary Down More Than 5%
 
Up Mechanic
Avg Salary Up More Than 5%
 
Down Field Service Tech
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
Design Engineer replied Sep 22
working in East & SE Asia up in 2017
with 10 years exp. vs 2016
 
Mechanic replied Sep 22
working in Middle East up in 2017
with 22 years exp. vs 2016
 
Toolpusher replied Sep 22
working in Middle East up in 2017
with 30 years exp. vs 2016
 
Ships Engineer replied Sep 22
working in Europe up in 2017
with 13 years exp. vs 2016
 
Operations Manager replied Sep 22
working in East & SE Asia up in 2017
with 13 years exp. vs 2016
 
Human Resources replied Sep 22
working in East & SE Asia up in 2017
with 5 years exp. vs 2016
 
Operations Manager replied Sep 21
working in North America up in 2017
with 15 years exp. vs 2016
 
Other Trade replied Sep 21
working in North America down in 2017
with 5 years exp. vs 2016
 
Elec. or Instr. Tech replied Sep 21
working in Europe down in 2017
with 24 years exp. vs 2016
 
Coil Tubing replied Sep 21
working in Middle East up in 2017
with 7 years exp. vs 2016
 
Coil Tubing replied Sep 21
working in Middle East up in 2017
with 7 years exp. vs 2016
 
Other HSE replied Sep 21
working in Middle East up in 2017
with 17 years exp. vs 2016
 
Other Production Support replied Sep 21
working in North America down in 2017
with 8 years exp. vs 2016
 
Electrical Engineer replied Sep 21
working in North America up in 2017
with 8 years exp. vs 2016
 
Operations Manager replied Sep 21
working in South America up in 2017
with 20 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.