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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$103,393
Australia & Oceania$104,810
Central Asia$78,748
East & SE Asia$89,059
Europe$113,378
Middle East$76,901
North America$90,280
South America$86,224
South Asia$71,264
RegionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Africa$103,393from1,871 responsesacross92 jobs
Australia & Oceania$104,810from808 responsesacross86 jobs
Central Asia$78,748from663 responsesacross87 jobs
East & SE Asia$89,059from899 responsesacross84 jobs
Europe$113,378from1,419 responsesacross93 jobs
Middle East$76,901from3,000 responsesacross91 jobs
North America$90,280from6,218 responsesacross94 jobs
South America$86,224from970 responsesacross86 jobs
South Asia$71,264from768 responsesacross89 jobs


Compensation by Type of Position   Last 12 Months
Type of PositionAverage Compensation
Drilling$120,433
Engineering$86,667
Geoscience$100,501
HSE$83,335
Maritime$99,309
Mgmt/Support$91,408
Oilfield Service$84,016
Production$90,000
Trades$76,292
Type of PositionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Drilling$120,433from1,598 responsesacross12 jobs
Engineering$86,667from4,106 responsesacross18 jobs
Geoscience$100,501from631 responsesacross5 jobs
HSE$83,335from1,721 responsesacross7 jobs
Maritime$99,309from782 responsesacross11 jobs
Mgmt/Support$91,408from3,322 responsesacross9 jobs
Oilfield Service$84,016from1,560 responsesacross15 jobs
Production$90,000from967 responsesacross7 jobs
Trades$76,292from1,929 responsesacross10 jobs
  
Recent Trends
Up Pipe Inspection
Avg Salary Up Less Than 5%
 
Up Toolpusher
Avg Salary Up Less Than 5%
 
Down Design Engineer
Avg Salary Down Less Than 5%
 
Up Rig Clerk / Radioman / Storeman
Avg Salary Up Less Than 5%
 
Down Operations Manager
Avg Salary Down Less Than 5%
 
Up Petroleum 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
Floorhand replied Sep 21
working in North America down in 2014
with 3 years exp. vs 2013
 
Other HSE replied Sep 21
working in Africa up in 2014
with 28 years exp. vs 2013
 
Structural Engineer replied Sep 21
working in Middle East up in 2014
with 5 years exp. vs 2013
 
Mud Engineer replied Sep 21
working in Africa up in 2014
with 22 years exp. vs 2013
 
Safety Officer replied Sep 21
working in Europe up in 2014
with 9 years exp. vs 2013
 
Drilling Engineer replied Sep 21
working in Africa up in 2014
with 11 years exp. vs 2013
 
Budget / Cost Control replied Sep 21
working in Middle East down in 2014
with 20 years exp. vs 2013
 
Safety Officer replied Sep 20
working in East & SE Asia up in 2014
with 7 years exp. vs 2013
 
Other Trade replied Sep 20
working in Middle East up in 2014
with 12 years exp. vs 2013
 
Pipe Inspection replied Sep 20
working in North America up in 2014
with 1 years exp. vs 2013
 
Pipe Inspection replied Sep 20
working in North America up in 2014
with 1 years exp. vs 2013
 
Driller replied Sep 20
working in Africa up in 2014
with 12 years exp. vs 2013
 
Marine Engineer replied Sep 20
working in East & SE Asia up in 2014
with 7 years exp. vs 2013
 
Drilling Consultant replied Sep 20
working in North America up in 2014
with 30 years exp. vs 2013
 
Safety Officer replied Sep 20
working in Africa up in 2014
with 20 years exp. vs 2013
 
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.