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$102,252
Australia & Oceania$94,429
Central Asia$70,639
East & SE Asia$70,396
Europe$111,124
Middle East$76,144
North America$92,410
South America$88,013
South Asia$73,339
RegionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Africa$102,252from769 responsesacross82 jobs
Australia & Oceania$94,429from219 responsesacross65 jobs
Central Asia$70,639from211 responsesacross61 jobs
East & SE Asia$70,396from791 responsesacross75 jobs
Europe$111,124from883 responsesacross83 jobs
Middle East$76,144from1,745 responsesacross80 jobs
North America$92,410from1,732 responsesacross82 jobs
South America$88,013from403 responsesacross72 jobs
South Asia$73,339from227 responsesacross60 jobs


Compensation by Type of Position   Last 12 Months
Type of PositionAverage Compensation
Drilling$109,405
Engineering$84,454
Geoscience$107,427
HSE$82,359
Maritime$102,082
Mgmt/Support$91,159
Oilfield Service$75,147
Production$89,083
Trades$70,700
Type of PositionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Drilling$109,405from684 responsesacross9 jobs
Engineering$84,454from2,141 responsesacross18 jobs
Geoscience$107,427from319 responsesacross5 jobs
HSE$82,359from646 responsesacross6 jobs
Maritime$102,082from243 responsesacross7 jobs
Mgmt/Support$91,159from1,328 responsesacross9 jobs
Oilfield Service$75,147from674 responsesacross14 jobs
Production$89,083from360 responsesacross6 jobs
Trades$70,700from585 responsesacross10 jobs
  
Recent Trends
Down Other HSE
Avg Salary Down More Than 5%
 
Up Driller
Avg Salary Up Less Than 5%
 
Up Mechanic
Avg Salary Up Less Than 5%
 
Up Executive
Avg Salary Up More Than 5%
 
Up Leasing / Contracts
Avg Salary Up Less Than 5%
 
Up Sales / Marketing
Avg Salary Up 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
Operations Manager replied Jul 28
working in Europe down in 2017
with 30 years exp. vs 2016
 
Mechanic replied Jul 28
working in Europe down in 2017
with 27 years exp. vs 2016
 
Sales / Marketing replied Jul 28
working in North America up in 2017
with 10 years exp. vs 2016
 
Civil Engineer replied Jul 28
working in East & SE Asia up in 2017
with 10 years exp. vs 2016
 
Process Engineer replied Jul 28
working in East & SE Asia up in 2017
with 7 years exp. vs 2016
 
Electrician replied Jul 27
working in Australia & Oceania down in 2017
with 25 years exp. vs 2016
 
Drilling Engineer replied Jul 27
working in Europe down in 2017
with 30 years exp. vs 2016
 
EMT / Paramedic replied Jul 27
working in Africa up in 2017
with 15 years exp. vs 2016
 
EMT / Paramedic replied Jul 27
working in North America up in 2017
with 7 years exp. vs 2016
 
Drilling Engineer replied Jul 27
working in South America up in 2017
with 16 years exp. vs 2016
 
Other Backoffice replied Jul 27
working in North America up in 2017
with 10 years exp. vs 2016
 
Other Backoffice replied Jul 27
working in North America up in 2017
with 10 years exp. vs 2016
 
Coil Tubing replied Jul 27
working in North America up in 2017
with 1 years exp. vs 2016
 
Executive replied Jul 27
working in North America up in 2017
with 12 years exp. vs 2016
 
Geologist replied Jul 27
working in Africa up in 2017
with 12 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.