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$103,192
Australia & Oceania$102,838
Central Asia$75,414
East & SE Asia$76,759
Europe$114,914
Middle East$75,145
North America$92,517
South America$87,521
South Asia$70,905
RegionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Africa$103,192from1,581 responsesacross91 jobs
Australia & Oceania$102,838from583 responsesacross86 jobs
Central Asia$75,414from358 responsesacross70 jobs
East & SE Asia$76,759from1,352 responsesacross90 jobs
Europe$114,914from1,681 responsesacross94 jobs
Middle East$75,145from2,676 responsesacross91 jobs
North America$92,517from3,938 responsesacross94 jobs
South America$87,521from783 responsesacross89 jobs
South Asia$70,905from374 responsesacross76 jobs


Compensation by Type of Position   Last 12 Months
Type of PositionAverage Compensation
Drilling$124,445
Engineering$86,439
Geoscience$104,122
HSE$84,670
Maritime$97,313
Mgmt/Support$93,085
Oilfield Service$80,833
Production$87,300
Trades$72,162
Type of PositionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Drilling$124,445from1,323 responsesacross12 jobs
Engineering$86,439from3,667 responsesacross18 jobs
Geoscience$104,122from540 responsesacross5 jobs
HSE$84,670from1,278 responsesacross7 jobs
Maritime$97,313from584 responsesacross11 jobs
Mgmt/Support$93,085from2,610 responsesacross9 jobs
Oilfield Service$80,833from1,179 responsesacross15 jobs
Production$87,300from766 responsesacross7 jobs
Trades$72,162from1,379 responsesacross10 jobs
  
Recent Trends
Up Civil Engineer
Avg Salary Up More Than 5%
 
Up Corrosion Engineer
Avg Salary Up More Than 5%
 
Down Other Specialty
Avg Salary Down Less Than 5%
 
Up Drilling Engineer
Avg Salary Up More Than 5%
 
Up Reservoir Engineer
Avg Salary Up More Than 5%
 
Down Cementing
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
Drilling Engineer replied Jun 30
working in North America up in 2015
with 5 years exp. vs 2014
 
Drilling Engineer replied Jun 29
working in North America up in 2015
with 5 years exp. vs 2014
 
Safety Engineer replied Jun 29
working in Middle East up in 2015
with 5 years exp. vs 2014
 
Pipeline Engineer replied Jun 29
working in Middle East up in 2015
with 21 years exp. vs 2014
 
Mechanical Engineer replied Jun 29
working in East & SE Asia up in 2015
with 14 years exp. vs 2014
 
General / Other Eng. replied Jun 29
working in South America up in 2015
with 11 years exp. vs 2014
 
Other Trade replied Jun 29
working in Australia & Oceania down in 2015
with 6 years exp. vs 2014
 
Pipe Inspection replied Jun 29
working in North America up in 2015
with 22 years exp. vs 2014
 
Pipeline Engineer replied Jun 29
working in Middle East down in 2015
with 19 years exp. vs 2014
 
Offshore Worker replied Jun 29
working in East & SE Asia up in 2015
with 13 years exp. vs 2014
 
Corrosion Engineer replied Jun 29
working in North America up in 2015
with 0 years exp. vs 2014
 
Mechanical Engineer replied Jun 29
working in North America up in 2015
with 12 years exp. vs 2014
 
Captain replied Jun 29
working in Europe up in 2015
with 5 years exp. vs 2014
 
Geoscientist replied Jun 29
working in Australia & Oceania up in 2015
with 3 years exp. vs 2014
 
Rig Manager replied Jun 29
working in North America up in 2015
with 14 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.