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$99,515
Australia & Oceania$93,782
Central Asia$65,905
East & SE Asia$71,223
Europe$111,108
Middle East$75,863
North America$93,575
South America$87,088
South Asia$71,867
RegionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Africa$99,515from683 responsesacross75 jobs
Australia & Oceania$93,782from171 responsesacross58 jobs
Central Asia$65,905from174 responsesacross56 jobs
East & SE Asia$71,223from617 responsesacross70 jobs
Europe$111,108from787 responsesacross77 jobs
Middle East$75,863from1,550 responsesacross76 jobs
North America$93,575from1,520 responsesacross80 jobs
South America$87,088from347 responsesacross68 jobs
South Asia$71,867from189 responsesacross53 jobs


Compensation by Type of Position   Last 12 Months
Type of PositionAverage Compensation
Drilling$109,603
Engineering$84,269
Geoscience$104,091
HSE$82,587
Maritime$103,998
Mgmt/Support$92,120
Oilfield Service$73,693
Production$89,421
Trades$71,971
Type of PositionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Drilling$109,603from618 responsesacross9 jobs
Engineering$84,269from1,921 responsesacross18 jobs
Geoscience$104,091from253 responsesacross4 jobs
HSE$82,587from595 responsesacross6 jobs
Maritime$103,998from192 responsesacross6 jobs
Mgmt/Support$92,120from1,104 responsesacross9 jobs
Oilfield Service$73,693from544 responsesacross14 jobs
Production$89,421from302 responsesacross6 jobs
Trades$71,971from509 responsesacross9 jobs
  
Recent Trends
Up Safety Engineer
Avg Salary Up More Than 5%
 
Down Sales / Marketing
Avg Salary Down Less Than 5%
 
Down Field Service Tech
Avg Salary Down Less Than 5%
 
Down Executive
Avg Salary Down More Than 5%
 
Down Instrument 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 Dec 11
working in East & SE Asia up in 2017
with 8 years exp. vs 2016
 
Other Backoffice replied Dec 11
working in Middle East up in 2017
with 7 years exp. vs 2016
 
Petroleum Engineer replied Dec 11
working in North America up in 2017
with 0 years exp. vs 2016
 
Leasing / Contracts replied Dec 10
working in Europe down in 2017
with 30 years exp. vs 2016
 
Maintenance Engineer replied Dec 10
working in Middle East up in 2017
with 14 years exp. vs 2016
 
Elec. or Instr. Tech replied Dec 10
working in North America up in 2017
with 28 years exp. vs 2016
 
Electrical Engineer replied Dec 10
working in Africa up in 2017
with 14 years exp. vs 2016
 
Safety Engineer replied Dec 10
working in Middle East up in 2017
with 17 years exp. vs 2016
 
MWD/LWD/Logging replied Dec 10
working in Africa up in 2017
with 17 years exp. vs 2016
 
Driller replied Dec 10
working in Middle East up in 2017
with 12 years exp. vs 2016
 
Drilling Engineer replied Dec 10
working in Middle East down in 2017
with 6 years exp. vs 2016
 
Directional Driller replied Dec 10
working in North America up in 2017
with 18 years exp. vs 2016
 
Operations Manager replied Dec 10
working in Middle East up in 2017
with 30 years exp. vs 2016
 
Dynamic Position Officer replied Dec 10
working in Europe up in 2017
with 7 years exp. vs 2016
 
Trainer replied Dec 10
working in North America up in 2017
with 4 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.