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$104,001
Australia & Oceania$102,045
Central Asia$75,337
East & SE Asia$75,679
Europe$115,675
Middle East$75,487
North America$92,865
South America$88,062
South Asia$70,005
RegionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Africa$104,001from1,525 responsesacross91 jobs
Australia & Oceania$102,045from566 responsesacross85 jobs
Central Asia$75,337from332 responsesacross68 jobs
East & SE Asia$75,679from1,343 responsesacross90 jobs
Europe$115,675from1,694 responsesacross94 jobs
Middle East$75,487from2,700 responsesacross92 jobs
North America$92,865from3,751 responsesacross94 jobs
South America$88,062from764 responsesacross89 jobs
South Asia$70,005from383 responsesacross75 jobs


Compensation by Type of Position   Last 12 Months
Type of PositionAverage Compensation
Drilling$124,763
Engineering$86,745
Geoscience$104,717
HSE$84,487
Maritime$97,935
Mgmt/Support$93,330
Oilfield Service$79,804
Production$87,425
Trades$73,021
Type of PositionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Drilling$124,763from1,280 responsesacross12 jobs
Engineering$86,745from3,614 responsesacross18 jobs
Geoscience$104,717from532 responsesacross5 jobs
HSE$84,487from1,252 responsesacross7 jobs
Maritime$97,935from566 responsesacross11 jobs
Mgmt/Support$93,330from2,543 responsesacross9 jobs
Oilfield Service$79,804from1,173 responsesacross15 jobs
Production$87,425from760 responsesacross7 jobs
Trades$73,021from1,338 responsesacross10 jobs
  
Recent Trends
Up Other Backoffice
Avg Salary Up More Than 5%
 
Up Design Engineer
Avg Salary Up Less Than 5%
 
Down Instrument Engineer
Avg Salary Down Less Than 5%
 
Down Mud Engineer
Avg Salary Down More Than 5%
 
Up Chemical Engineer
Avg Salary Up Less Than 5%
 
Down Petroleum Engineer
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
Design Engineer replied Jul 29
working in Middle East up in 2015
with 8 years exp. vs 2014
 
Other Hand replied Jul 29
working in North America up in 2015
with 0 years exp. vs 2014
 
Mechanical Engineer replied Jul 29
working in East & SE Asia up in 2015
with 1 years exp. vs 2014
 
Toolpusher replied Jul 29
working in Middle East up in 2015
with 12 years exp. vs 2014
 
General / Other Eng. replied Jul 29
working in South Asia up in 2015
with 8 years exp. vs 2014
 
Leasing / Contracts replied Jul 29
working in North America up in 2015
with 5 years exp. vs 2014
 
Mechanical Engineer replied Jul 29
working in South Asia down in 2015
with 5 years exp. vs 2014
 
Production Engineer replied Jul 29
working in North America up in 2015
with 8 years exp. vs 2014
 
General / Other Eng. replied Jul 29
working in North America up in 2015
with 5 years exp. vs 2014
 
Geoscientist replied Jul 29
working in Africa up in 2015
with 15 years exp. vs 2014
 
Petrophysicist replied Jul 29
working in North America up in 2015
with 5 years exp. vs 2014
 
Accounting / Finance replied Jul 29
working in Africa up in 2015
with 5 years exp. vs 2014
 
Civil Engineer replied Jul 29
working in Middle East up in 2015
with 1 years exp. vs 2014
 
Geoscientist replied Jul 29
working in North America up in 2015
with 1 years exp. vs 2014
 
Geoscientist replied Jul 29
working in North America up in 2015
with 1 years exp. vs 2014
 
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.