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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$101,064
Australia & Oceania$105,793
Central Asia$78,045
East & SE Asia$80,776
Europe$112,849
Middle East$76,915
North America$91,078
South America$86,350
South Asia$71,594
RegionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Africa$101,064from1,644 responsesacross91 jobs
Australia & Oceania$105,793from616 responsesacross82 jobs
Central Asia$78,045from472 responsesacross76 jobs
East & SE Asia$80,776from1,218 responsesacross85 jobs
Europe$112,849from1,339 responsesacross94 jobs
Middle East$76,915from2,672 responsesacross90 jobs
North America$91,078from4,946 responsesacross94 jobs
South America$86,350from886 responsesacross88 jobs
South Asia$71,594from492 responsesacross83 jobs


Compensation by Type of Position   Last 12 Months
Type of PositionAverage Compensation
Drilling$122,397
Engineering$85,220
Geoscience$100,172
HSE$83,934
Maritime$98,433
Mgmt/Support$91,440
Oilfield Service$82,630
Production$87,488
Trades$73,742
Type of PositionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Drilling$122,397from1,491 responsesacross12 jobs
Engineering$85,220from3,611 responsesacross18 jobs
Geoscience$100,172from550 responsesacross5 jobs
HSE$83,934from1,424 responsesacross7 jobs
Maritime$98,433from633 responsesacross11 jobs
Mgmt/Support$91,440from2,827 responsesacross9 jobs
Oilfield Service$82,630from1,301 responsesacross15 jobs
Production$87,488from851 responsesacross7 jobs
Trades$73,742from1,597 responsesacross10 jobs
  
Recent Trends
Down Operations Manager
Avg Salary Down Less Than 5%
 
Up Mechanical Engineer
Avg Salary Up Less Than 5%
 
Up Toolpusher
Avg Salary Up More Than 5%
 
Down Budget / Cost Control
Avg Salary Down Less Than 5%
 
Down Information Technology
Avg Salary Down Less Than 5%
 
Up Drilling Engineer
Avg Salary Up 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
Other Geotechnical replied Mar 4
working in North America up in 2015
with 17 years exp. vs 2014
 
Electrical Engineer replied Mar 4
working in Africa up in 2015
with 21 years exp. vs 2014
 
Instrument Engineer replied Mar 4
working in East & SE Asia up in 2015
with 3 years exp. vs 2014
 
Instrument Engineer replied Mar 4
working in East & SE Asia up in 2015
with 3 years exp. vs 2014
 
Marine Engineer replied Mar 4
working in Europe up in 2015
with 30 years exp. vs 2014
 
Instrument Engineer replied Mar 4
working in Europe up in 2015
with 30 years exp. vs 2014
 
Field Service Tech replied Mar 4
working in North America down in 2015
with 30 years exp. vs 2014
 
Other Production Support replied Mar 4
working in South Asia up in 2015
with 9 years exp. vs 2014
 
Budget / Cost Control replied Mar 4
working in Africa up in 2015
with 15 years exp. vs 2014
 
Operations Manager replied Mar 4
working in Africa up in 2015
with 15 years exp. vs 2014
 
Executive replied Mar 4
working in Europe down in 2015
with 30 years exp. vs 2014
 
Other Backoffice replied Mar 4
working in Europe up in 2015
with 25 years exp. vs 2014
 
Information Technology replied Mar 4
working in Middle East up in 2015
with 15 years exp. vs 2014
 
Drilling Engineer replied Mar 3
working in Middle East up in 2015
with 9 years exp. vs 2014
 
Process Engineer replied Mar 3
working in South America up in 2015
with 9 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.