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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$100,975
Australia & Oceania$106,052
Central Asia$77,793
East & SE Asia$80,715
Europe$112,864
Middle East$77,091
North America$91,092
South America$86,425
South Asia$71,800
RegionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Africa$100,975from1,642 responsesacross91 jobs
Australia & Oceania$106,052from626 responsesacross82 jobs
Central Asia$77,793from483 responsesacross77 jobs
East & SE Asia$80,715from1,215 responsesacross85 jobs
Europe$112,864from1,341 responsesacross94 jobs
Middle East$77,091from2,677 responsesacross90 jobs
North America$91,092from4,982 responsesacross94 jobs
South America$86,425from884 responsesacross87 jobs
South Asia$71,800from497 responsesacross84 jobs


Compensation by Type of Position   Last 12 Months
Type of PositionAverage Compensation
Drilling$122,501
Engineering$85,439
Geoscience$100,660
HSE$83,781
Maritime$97,803
Mgmt/Support$91,160
Oilfield Service$82,850
Production$87,787
Trades$73,961
Type of PositionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Drilling$122,501from1,497 responsesacross12 jobs
Engineering$85,439from3,624 responsesacross18 jobs
Geoscience$100,660from551 responsesacross5 jobs
HSE$83,781from1,434 responsesacross7 jobs
Maritime$97,803from638 responsesacross11 jobs
Mgmt/Support$91,160from2,828 responsesacross9 jobs
Oilfield Service$82,850from1,309 responsesacross15 jobs
Production$87,787from854 responsesacross7 jobs
Trades$73,961from1,612 responsesacross10 jobs
  
Recent Trends
Up Instrument Engineer
Avg Salary Up More Than 5%
 
Up Operations Manager
Avg Salary Up More Than 5%
 
Up Other HSE
Avg Salary Up Less Than 5%
 
Up EMT / Paramedic
Avg Salary Up Less Than 5%
 
Up Field Service Tech
Avg Salary Up More Than 5%
 
Down Welder/Fitter
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
Geologist replied Feb 28
working in Middle East up in 2015
with 11 years exp. vs 2014
 
Pipe Inspection replied Feb 28
working in North America up in 2015
with 14 years exp. vs 2014
 
Instrument Engineer replied Feb 28
working in North America down in 2015
with 7 years exp. vs 2014
 
Other Backoffice replied Feb 28
working in North America down in 2015
with 10 years exp. vs 2014
 
Drilling Engineer replied Feb 28
working in South Asia up in 2015
with 10 years exp. vs 2014
 
EMT / Paramedic replied Feb 28
working in Europe down in 2015
with 4 years exp. vs 2014
 
Drilling Engineer replied Feb 28
working in Middle East up in 2015
with 5 years exp. vs 2014
 
Directional Driller replied Feb 28
working in Middle East up in 2015
with 9 years exp. vs 2014
 
Civil Engineer replied Feb 28
working in Central Asia up in 2015
with 19 years exp. vs 2014
 
Welder/Fitter replied Feb 28
working in Africa down in 2015
with 7 years exp. vs 2014
 
Maintenance Engineer replied Feb 28
working in Europe up in 2015
with 30 years exp. vs 2014
 
Drilling Consultant replied Feb 28
working in Middle East up in 2015
with 8 years exp. vs 2014
 
Geologist replied Feb 27
working in Central Asia up in 2015
with 9 years exp. vs 2014
 
Other Trade replied Feb 27
working in North America down in 2015
with 16 years exp. vs 2014
 
Production Operator replied Feb 27
working in Middle East up in 2015
with 12 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.