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$107,157
Australia & Oceania$100,941
Central Asia$80,422
East & SE Asia$71,702
Europe$118,373
Middle East$78,560
North America$94,867
South America$87,132
South Asia$67,544
RegionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Africa$107,157from1,133 responsesacross84 jobs
Australia & Oceania$100,941from342 responsesacross71 jobs
Central Asia$80,422from262 responsesacross68 jobs
East & SE Asia$71,702from1,072 responsesacross86 jobs
Europe$118,373from1,293 responsesacross88 jobs
Middle East$78,560from2,191 responsesacross86 jobs
North America$94,867from2,131 responsesacross91 jobs
South America$87,132from557 responsesacross80 jobs
South Asia$67,544from306 responsesacross70 jobs


Compensation by Type of Position   Last 12 Months
Type of PositionAverage Compensation
Drilling$113,429
Engineering$88,783
Geoscience$107,616
HSE$87,259
Maritime$95,007
Mgmt/Support$97,188
Oilfield Service$79,880
Production$89,221
Trades$74,436
Type of PositionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Drilling$113,429from811 responsesacross11 jobs
Engineering$88,783from2,777 responsesacross18 jobs
Geoscience$107,616from467 responsesacross5 jobs
HSE$87,259from924 responsesacross7 jobs
Maritime$95,007from363 responsesacross10 jobs
Mgmt/Support$97,188from1,764 responsesacross9 jobs
Oilfield Service$79,880from806 responsesacross14 jobs
Production$89,221from563 responsesacross7 jobs
Trades$74,436from812 responsesacross10 jobs
  
Recent Trends
Down Drilling Consultant
Avg Salary Down More Than 5%
 
Up Drilling Engineer
Avg Salary Up More Than 5%
 
Up Mechanical Engineer
Avg Salary Up Less Than 5%
 
Down Electrician
Avg Salary Down More Than 5%
 
Down Marine Engineer
Avg Salary Down More Than 5%
 
Down Petroleum Engineer
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
Captain replied Jul 29
working in Middle East up in 2016
with 30 years exp. vs 2015
 
Safety Officer replied Jul 29
working in Middle East up in 2016
with 20 years exp. vs 2015
 
Foreman or Superintendent replied Jul 29
working in Middle East up in 2016
with 18 years exp. vs 2015
 
EMT / Paramedic replied Jul 29
working in East & SE Asia up in 2016
with 12 years exp. vs 2015
 
Accounting / Finance replied Jul 29
working in Middle East up in 2016
with 12 years exp. vs 2015
 
ROV Tech/Pilot replied Jul 29
working in South Asia up in 2016
with 15 years exp. vs 2015
 
Pipeline Engineer replied Jul 29
working in Middle East down in 2016
with 10 years exp. vs 2015
 
Mechanical Engineer replied Jul 29
working in Central Asia up in 2016
with 1 years exp. vs 2015
 
Human Resources replied Jul 28
working in Middle East up in 2016
with 9 years exp. vs 2015
 
Field Service Tech replied Jul 28
working in Africa up in 2016
with 16 years exp. vs 2015
 
Other Drilling Support replied Jul 28
working in East & SE Asia up in 2016
with 1 years exp. vs 2015
 
Rig Manager replied Jul 28
working in North America up in 2016
with 20 years exp. vs 2015
 
Drilling Engineer replied Jul 28
working in Europe up in 2016
with 13 years exp. vs 2015
 
Safety Engineer replied Jul 28
working in Middle East up in 2016
with 4 years exp. vs 2015
 
Operations Manager replied Jul 28
working in Europe up in 2016
with 18 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.