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$104,718
Australia & Oceania$101,316
Central Asia$74,962
East & SE Asia$75,428
Europe$115,643
Middle East$75,552
North America$92,807
South America$88,827
South Asia$70,175
RegionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Africa$104,718from1,508 responsesacross91 jobs
Australia & Oceania$101,316from564 responsesacross85 jobs
Central Asia$74,962from330 responsesacross68 jobs
East & SE Asia$75,428from1,344 responsesacross90 jobs
Europe$115,643from1,685 responsesacross94 jobs
Middle East$75,552from2,696 responsesacross92 jobs
North America$92,807from3,712 responsesacross94 jobs
South America$88,827from753 responsesacross89 jobs
South Asia$70,175from378 responsesacross74 jobs


Compensation by Type of Position   Last 12 Months
Type of PositionAverage Compensation
Drilling$124,885
Engineering$86,851
Geoscience$104,831
HSE$84,391
Maritime$97,468
Mgmt/Support$93,359
Oilfield Service$79,809
Production$87,254
Trades$72,980
Type of PositionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Drilling$124,885from1,278 responsesacross12 jobs
Engineering$86,851from3,599 responsesacross18 jobs
Geoscience$104,831from534 responsesacross5 jobs
HSE$84,391from1,242 responsesacross7 jobs
Maritime$97,468from560 responsesacross11 jobs
Mgmt/Support$93,359from2,515 responsesacross9 jobs
Oilfield Service$79,809from1,162 responsesacross15 jobs
Production$87,254from752 responsesacross7 jobs
Trades$72,980from1,328 responsesacross10 jobs
  
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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 Aug 2
working in Europe up in 2015
with 4 years exp. vs 2014
 
Captain replied Aug 2
working in East & SE Asia up in 2015
with 14 years exp. vs 2014
 
Captain replied Aug 2
working in East & SE Asia up in 2015
with 14 years exp. vs 2014
 
Diving replied Aug 1
working in East & SE Asia up in 2015
with 30 years exp. vs 2014
 
Safety Officer replied Aug 1
working in East & SE Asia up in 2015
with 6 years exp. vs 2014
 
Geologist replied Aug 1
working in South America up in 2015
with 15 years exp. vs 2014
 
EMT / Paramedic replied Aug 1
working in North America up in 2015
with 9 years exp. vs 2014
 
Other Trade replied Aug 1
working in Middle East up in 2015
with 18 years exp. vs 2014
 
Other Trade replied Aug 1
working in East & SE Asia up in 2015
with 14 years exp. vs 2014
 
Process Control replied Aug 1
working in Africa down in 2015
with 4 years exp. vs 2014
 
Accounting / Finance replied Aug 1
working in Middle East up in 2015
with 10 years exp. vs 2014
 
Driller replied Aug 1
working in Middle East up in 2015
with 9 years exp. vs 2014
 
Driller replied Aug 1
working in Middle East up in 2015
with 9 years exp. vs 2014
 
Budget / Cost Control replied Aug 1
working in North America up in 2015
with 4 years exp. vs 2014
 
Safety Officer replied Aug 1
working in Middle East up in 2015
with 6 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.