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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$102,863
Australia & Oceania$104,807
Central Asia$78,446
East & SE Asia$84,717
Europe$113,156
Middle East$76,553
North America$90,067
South America$85,326
South Asia$71,815
RegionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Africa$102,863from1,784 responsesacross92 jobs
Australia & Oceania$104,807from724 responsesacross86 jobs
Central Asia$78,446from625 responsesacross85 jobs
East & SE Asia$84,717from1,071 responsesacross86 jobs
Europe$113,156from1,386 responsesacross94 jobs
Middle East$76,553from2,884 responsesacross92 jobs
North America$90,067from5,790 responsesacross94 jobs
South America$85,326from935 responsesacross85 jobs
South Asia$71,815from651 responsesacross85 jobs


Compensation by Type of Position   Last 12 Months
Type of PositionAverage Compensation
Drilling$120,169
Engineering$85,833
Geoscience$100,348
HSE$82,935
Maritime$99,043
Mgmt/Support$90,860
Oilfield Service$84,127
Production$89,573
Trades$75,407
Type of PositionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Drilling$120,169from1,546 responsesacross12 jobs
Engineering$85,833from3,943 responsesacross18 jobs
Geoscience$100,348from617 responsesacross5 jobs
HSE$82,935from1,633 responsesacross7 jobs
Maritime$99,043from728 responsesacross11 jobs
Mgmt/Support$90,860from3,142 responsesacross9 jobs
Oilfield Service$84,127from1,462 responsesacross15 jobs
Production$89,573from923 responsesacross7 jobs
Trades$75,407from1,856 responsesacross10 jobs
  
Recent Trends
Down Production Engineer
Avg Salary Down More Than 5%
 
Down Accounting / Finance
Avg Salary Down More Than 5%
 
Down MWD/LWD/Logging
Avg Salary Down Less Than 5%
 
Up EMT / Paramedic
Avg Salary Up More Than 5%
 
Down Maintenance Engineer
Avg Salary Down More Than 5%
 
Down Operations Manager
Avg Salary Down 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
Civil Engineer replied Nov 23
working in South America up in 2014
with 25 years exp. vs 2013
 
Driller replied Nov 23
working in Middle East up in 2014
with 1 years exp. vs 2013
 
Rigger replied Nov 23
working in North America up in 2014
with 4 years exp. vs 2013
 
Elec. or Instr. Tech replied Nov 23
working in East & SE Asia down in 2014
with 30 years exp. vs 2013
 
Other HSE replied Nov 23
working in Middle East up in 2014
with 12 years exp. vs 2013
 
Maintenance Engineer replied Nov 23
working in Europe up in 2014
with 4 years exp. vs 2013
 
Civil Engineer replied Nov 23
working in East & SE Asia up in 2014
with 30 years exp. vs 2013
 
Floorhand replied Nov 23
working in North America up in 2014
with 1 years exp. vs 2013
 
Floorhand replied Nov 23
working in North America up in 2014
with 1 years exp. vs 2013
 
Maintenance Engineer replied Nov 23
working in Central Asia up in 2014
with 12 years exp. vs 2013
 
Geoscientist replied Nov 23
working in Africa up in 2014
with 9 years exp. vs 2013
 
Electrical Engineer replied Nov 23
working in Middle East up in 2014
with 19 years exp. vs 2013
 
Workover or Completion replied Nov 23
working in East & SE Asia down in 2014
with 17 years exp. vs 2013
 
Elec. or Instr. Tech replied Nov 23
working in Europe up in 2014
with 12 years exp. vs 2013
 
Drilling Consultant replied Nov 23
working in North America down in 2014
with 30 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.