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$101,661
Australia & Oceania$94,820
Central Asia$67,774
East & SE Asia$70,472
Europe$110,786
Middle East$76,268
North America$92,580
South America$87,714
South Asia$72,788
RegionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Africa$101,661from772 responsesacross81 jobs
Australia & Oceania$94,820from215 responsesacross63 jobs
Central Asia$67,774from201 responsesacross59 jobs
East & SE Asia$70,472from781 responsesacross73 jobs
Europe$110,786from877 responsesacross81 jobs
Middle East$76,268from1,697 responsesacross80 jobs
North America$92,580from1,726 responsesacross82 jobs
South America$87,714from398 responsesacross71 jobs
South Asia$72,788from223 responsesacross58 jobs


Compensation by Type of Position   Last 12 Months
Type of PositionAverage Compensation
Drilling$108,907
Engineering$84,606
Geoscience$108,141
HSE$82,451
Maritime$100,286
Mgmt/Support$91,484
Oilfield Service$74,720
Production$89,296
Trades$70,569
Type of PositionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Drilling$108,907from690 responsesacross9 jobs
Engineering$84,606from2,126 responsesacross18 jobs
Geoscience$108,141from309 responsesacross5 jobs
HSE$82,451from652 responsesacross6 jobs
Maritime$100,286from229 responsesacross7 jobs
Mgmt/Support$91,484from1,290 responsesacross9 jobs
Oilfield Service$74,720from666 responsesacross14 jobs
Production$89,296from354 responsesacross6 jobs
Trades$70,569from574 responsesacross10 jobs
  
Recent Trends
Down Instrument Engineer
Avg Salary Down More Than 5%
 
Down Other HSE
Avg Salary Down More Than 5%
 
Down Driller
Avg Salary Down Less Than 5%
 
Down Budget / Cost Control
Avg Salary Down More Than 5%
 
Up Mechanic
Avg Salary Up More Than 5%
 
Down Marine Engineer
Avg Salary Down 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 Specialty replied Aug 20
working in Europe down in 2017
with 20 years exp. vs 2016
 
Captain replied Aug 20
working in Europe up in 2017
with 25 years exp. vs 2016
 
Captain replied Aug 20
working in Middle East down in 2017
with 30 years exp. vs 2016
 
Electrical Engineer replied Aug 20
working in Europe up in 2017
with 5 years exp. vs 2016
 
Civil Engineer replied Aug 20
working in East & SE Asia up in 2017
with 18 years exp. vs 2016
 
Structural Engineer replied Aug 20
working in Australia & Oceania up in 2017
with 30 years exp. vs 2016
 
Workover or Completion replied Aug 19
working in North America down in 2017
with 8 years exp. vs 2016
 
Subsea Engineer replied Aug 19
working in Europe up in 2017
with 4 years exp. vs 2016
 
Reservoir Engineer replied Aug 19
working in North America down in 2017
with 25 years exp. vs 2016
 
Other Backoffice replied Aug 19
working in Africa up in 2017
with 12 years exp. vs 2016
 
Other HSE replied Aug 19
working in Middle East up in 2017
with 30 years exp. vs 2016
 
Other HSE replied Aug 19
working in Middle East up in 2017
with 30 years exp. vs 2016
 
Operations Manager replied Aug 18
working in Europe up in 2017
with 30 years exp. vs 2016
 
Maintenance Engineer replied Aug 18
working in North America up in 2017
with 16 years exp. vs 2016
 
Reservoir Engineer replied Aug 18
working in Africa up in 2017
with 14 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.