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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$104,070
Australia & Oceania$104,590
Central Asia$78,138
East & SE Asia$90,036
Europe$114,320
Middle East$77,105
North America$90,630
South America$87,092
South Asia$71,139
RegionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Africa$104,070from1,901 responsesacross91 jobs
Australia & Oceania$104,590from836 responsesacross86 jobs
Central Asia$78,138from708 responsesacross87 jobs
East & SE Asia$90,036from791 responsesacross84 jobs
Europe$114,320from1,464 responsesacross93 jobs
Middle East$77,105from3,059 responsesacross91 jobs
North America$90,630from6,434 responsesacross95 jobs
South America$87,092from991 responsesacross87 jobs
South Asia$71,139from808 responsesacross91 jobs


Compensation by Type of Position   Last 12 Months
Type of PositionAverage Compensation
Drilling$120,424
Engineering$86,971
Geoscience$100,993
HSE$83,438
Maritime$99,919
Mgmt/Support$91,648
Oilfield Service$84,241
Production$90,364
Trades$76,537
Type of PositionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Drilling$120,424from1,683 responsesacross12 jobs
Engineering$86,971from4,140 responsesacross18 jobs
Geoscience$100,993from643 responsesacross5 jobs
HSE$83,438from1,719 responsesacross7 jobs
Maritime$99,919from797 responsesacross11 jobs
Mgmt/Support$91,648from3,428 responsesacross9 jobs
Oilfield Service$84,241from1,612 responsesacross16 jobs
Production$90,364from1,007 responsesacross7 jobs
Trades$76,537from1,963 responsesacross10 jobs
  
Recent Trends
Up Chemical Engineer
Avg Salary Up Less Than 5%
 
Down Reservoir Engineer
Avg Salary Down More Than 5%
 
Up Other Trade
Avg Salary Up Less Than 5%
 
Up Design Engineer
Avg Salary Up Less Than 5%
 
Up Instrument Engineer
Avg Salary Up More Than 5%
 
Up Safety Officer
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 Aug 20
working in Central Asia down in 2014
with 14 years exp. vs 2013
 
Production Technologist replied Aug 20
working in Africa down in 2014
with 12 years exp. vs 2013
 
Cementing replied Aug 20
working in Australia & Oceania up in 2014
with 29 years exp. vs 2013
 
Process Engineer replied Aug 20
working in Europe up in 2014
with 14 years exp. vs 2013
 
Other HSE replied Aug 20
working in Middle East up in 2014
with 12 years exp. vs 2013
 
Well Control replied Aug 20
working in North America up in 2014
with 6 years exp. vs 2013
 
Mechanic replied Aug 20
working in East & SE Asia up in 2014
with 27 years exp. vs 2013
 
Field Service Tech replied Aug 20
working in Africa up in 2014
with 18 years exp. vs 2013
 
Captain replied Aug 20
working in Africa up in 2014
with 15 years exp. vs 2013
 
Drilling Consultant replied Aug 20
working in Middle East up in 2014
with 10 years exp. vs 2013
 
Toolpusher replied Aug 19
working in East & SE Asia up in 2014
with 24 years exp. vs 2013
 
Captain replied Aug 19
working in South America up in 2014
with 25 years exp. vs 2013
 
Pipe Inspection replied Aug 19
working in South America up in 2014
with 20 years exp. vs 2013
 
Other HSE replied Aug 19
working in East & SE Asia up in 2014
with 12 years exp. vs 2013
 
Sales / Marketing replied Aug 19
working in East & SE Asia up in 2014
with 6 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.