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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$100,843
Australia & Oceania$106,136
Central Asia$77,022
East & SE Asia$79,488
Europe$113,832
Middle East$76,376
North America$91,444
South America$86,550
South Asia$72,224
RegionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Africa$100,843from1,579 responsesacross91 jobs
Australia & Oceania$106,136from614 responsesacross82 jobs
Central Asia$77,022from434 responsesacross76 jobs
East & SE Asia$79,488from1,252 responsesacross87 jobs
Europe$113,832from1,337 responsesacross94 jobs
Middle East$76,376from2,625 responsesacross91 jobs
North America$91,444from4,703 responsesacross94 jobs
South America$86,550from863 responsesacross88 jobs
South Asia$72,224from446 responsesacross83 jobs


Compensation by Type of Position   Last 12 Months
Type of PositionAverage Compensation
Drilling$123,748
Engineering$85,180
Geoscience$99,357
HSE$83,713
Maritime$98,776
Mgmt/Support$91,484
Oilfield Service$82,128
Production$87,993
Trades$72,911
Type of PositionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Drilling$123,748from1,463 responsesacross12 jobs
Engineering$85,180from3,517 responsesacross18 jobs
Geoscience$99,357from534 responsesacross5 jobs
HSE$83,713from1,380 responsesacross7 jobs
Maritime$98,776from623 responsesacross11 jobs
Mgmt/Support$91,484from2,715 responsesacross9 jobs
Oilfield Service$82,128from1,280 responsesacross15 jobs
Production$87,993from800 responsesacross7 jobs
Trades$72,911from1,541 responsesacross10 jobs
  
Recent Trends
Down Operations Manager
Avg Salary Down Less Than 5%
 
Up Petroleum Engineer
Avg Salary Up More Than 5%
 
Down Production Operator
Avg Salary Down Less Than 5%
 
Up Derrickman
Avg Salary Up Less Than 5%
 
Down Budget / Cost Control
Avg Salary Down Less Than 5%
 
Up Leasing / Contracts
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
Geologist replied Mar 27
working in Middle East up in 2015
with 3 years exp. vs 2014
 
Electrical Engineer replied Mar 27
working in Central Asia up in 2015
with 1 years exp. vs 2014
 
Mechanic replied Mar 27
working in Africa down in 2015
with 10 years exp. vs 2014
 
Operations Manager replied Mar 27
working in North America up in 2015
with 25 years exp. vs 2014
 
Other Trade replied Mar 27
working in Australia & Oceania up in 2015
with 19 years exp. vs 2014
 
Petroleum Engineer replied Mar 27
working in East & SE Asia up in 2015
with 2 years exp. vs 2014
 
Petroleum Engineer replied Mar 27
working in East & SE Asia up in 2015
with 2 years exp. vs 2014
 
Executive replied Mar 27
working in Middle East up in 2015
with 20 years exp. vs 2014
 
Drilling Engineer replied Mar 26
working in Central Asia up in 2015
with 14 years exp. vs 2014
 
Maintenance Engineer replied Mar 26
working in East & SE Asia down in 2015
with 20 years exp. vs 2014
 
Safety Officer replied Mar 26
working in Middle East up in 2015
with 7 years exp. vs 2014
 
Workover or Completion replied Mar 26
working in North America up in 2015
with 25 years exp. vs 2014
 
Operations Manager replied Mar 26
working in South America up in 2015
with 19 years exp. vs 2014
 
Workover or Completion replied Mar 26
working in North America up in 2015
with 25 years exp. vs 2014
 
Workover or Completion replied Mar 26
working in North America up in 2015
with 25 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.