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$106,557
Australia & Oceania$100,962
Central Asia$80,686
East & SE Asia$71,697
Europe$118,364
Middle East$78,587
North America$95,014
South America$87,013
South Asia$67,462
RegionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Africa$106,557from1,128 responsesacross84 jobs
Australia & Oceania$100,962from341 responsesacross71 jobs
Central Asia$80,686from263 responsesacross68 jobs
East & SE Asia$71,697from1,066 responsesacross86 jobs
Europe$118,364from1,291 responsesacross88 jobs
Middle East$78,587from2,190 responsesacross86 jobs
North America$95,014from2,120 responsesacross91 jobs
South America$87,013from560 responsesacross80 jobs
South Asia$67,462from304 responsesacross70 jobs


Compensation by Type of Position   Last 12 Months
Type of PositionAverage Compensation
Drilling$113,654
Engineering$88,713
Geoscience$107,574
HSE$87,313
Maritime$95,253
Mgmt/Support$96,820
Oilfield Service$79,992
Production$89,262
Trades$74,391
Type of PositionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Drilling$113,654from814 responsesacross11 jobs
Engineering$88,713from2,759 responsesacross18 jobs
Geoscience$107,574from462 responsesacross5 jobs
HSE$87,313from924 responsesacross7 jobs
Maritime$95,253from365 responsesacross10 jobs
Mgmt/Support$96,820from1,763 responsesacross9 jobs
Oilfield Service$79,992from805 responsesacross14 jobs
Production$89,262from562 responsesacross7 jobs
Trades$74,391from809 responsesacross10 jobs
  
Recent Trends
Down Offshore Worker
Avg Salary Down Less Than 5%
 
Down Geoscientist
Avg Salary Down Less Than 5%
 
Up General / Other Eng.
Avg Salary Up More Than 5%
 
Up Safety Engineer
Avg Salary Up More Than 5%
 
Down Other Backoffice
Avg Salary Down Less Than 5%
 
Down Crane Operator
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
Elec. or Instr. Tech replied Jul 30
working in Africa up in 2016
with 14 years exp. vs 2015
 
EMT / Paramedic replied Jul 30
working in North America down in 2016
with 25 years exp. vs 2015
 
Other Specialty replied Jul 30
working in South America up in 2016
with 30 years exp. vs 2015
 
Budget / Cost Control replied Jul 30
working in Middle East up in 2016
with 16 years exp. vs 2015
 
Accounting / Finance replied Jul 30
working in Europe up in 2016
with 16 years exp. vs 2015
 
Accounting / Finance replied Jul 30
working in Europe up in 2016
with 16 years exp. vs 2015
 
Maintenance Engineer replied Jul 30
working in Middle East up in 2016
with 12 years exp. vs 2015
 
Safety Officer replied Jul 30
working in Middle East up in 2016
with 11 years exp. vs 2015
 
Downhole Intervention replied Jul 30
working in Africa up in 2016
with 15 years exp. vs 2015
 
Toolpusher replied Jul 30
working in Central Asia up in 2016
with 16 years exp. vs 2015
 
Operations Manager replied Jul 30
working in East & SE Asia up in 2016
with 12 years exp. vs 2015
 
Driller replied Jul 30
working in East & SE Asia down in 2016
with 6 years exp. vs 2015
 
Accounting / Finance replied Jul 30
working in Middle East up in 2016
with 8 years exp. vs 2015
 
Captain replied Jul 29
working in Middle East up in 2016
with 30 years exp. vs 2015
 
Drilling Engineer replied Jul 29
working in South America down in 2016
with 10 years exp. vs 2015
 
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.