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$108,634
Australia & Oceania$98,807
Central Asia$72,593
East & SE Asia$72,188
Europe$117,725
Middle East$75,650
North America$94,568
South America$90,354
South Asia$66,601
RegionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Africa$108,634from1,345 responsesacross89 jobs
Australia & Oceania$98,807from463 responsesacross86 jobs
Central Asia$72,593from274 responsesacross66 jobs
East & SE Asia$72,188from1,214 responsesacross88 jobs
Europe$117,725from1,668 responsesacross90 jobs
Middle East$75,650from2,652 responsesacross90 jobs
North America$94,568from2,631 responsesacross93 jobs
South America$90,354from657 responsesacross84 jobs
South Asia$66,601from343 responsesacross71 jobs


Compensation by Type of Position   Last 12 Months
Type of PositionAverage Compensation
Drilling$122,065
Engineering$87,979
Geoscience$106,207
HSE$86,111
Maritime$96,861
Mgmt/Support$95,924
Oilfield Service$78,110
Production$89,040
Trades$74,518
Type of PositionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Drilling$122,065from920 responsesacross12 jobs
Engineering$87,979from3,336 responsesacross18 jobs
Geoscience$106,207from527 responsesacross5 jobs
HSE$86,111from1,071 responsesacross7 jobs
Maritime$96,861from469 responsesacross10 jobs
Mgmt/Support$95,924from2,219 responsesacross9 jobs
Oilfield Service$78,110from1,042 responsesacross15 jobs
Production$89,040from675 responsesacross7 jobs
Trades$74,518from988 responsesacross10 jobs
  
Recent Trends
Up Field Service Tech
Avg Salary Up Less Than 5%
 
Up Safety Officer
Avg Salary Up More Than 5%
 
Down Leasing / Contracts
Avg Salary Down More Than 5%
 
Down Executive
Avg Salary Down More Than 5%
 
Up Operations Manager
Avg Salary Up Less Than 5%
 
Up Sales / Marketing
Avg Salary Up More Than 5%
 
Changes calculated based on salary data submitted in last 90 days versus all previous year salaries for that job title.
Recent Results
Production Operator replied Feb 12
working in East & SE Asia up in 2016
with 5 years exp. vs 2015
 
Production Technologist replied Feb 12
working in North America up in 2016
with 3 years exp. vs 2015
 
Executive replied Feb 12
working in North America up in 2016
with 17 years exp. vs 2015
 
Crane Operator replied Feb 12
working in Europe up in 2016
with 7 years exp. vs 2015
 
Offshore Worker replied Feb 12
working in Europe up in 2016
with 7 years exp. vs 2015
 
Rig Clerk / Radioman / Storeman replied Feb 12
working in Africa down in 2016
with 7 years exp. vs 2015
 
Operations Manager replied Feb 12
working in Europe up in 2016
with 15 years exp. vs 2015
 
Other Rig Worker replied Feb 12
working in East & SE Asia up in 2016
with 3 years exp. vs 2015
 
Safety Engineer replied Feb 12
working in South America up in 2016
with 10 years exp. vs 2015
 
Reservoir Engineer replied Feb 12
working in Middle East up in 2016
with 17 years exp. vs 2015
 
Accounting / Finance replied Feb 12
working in Europe up in 2016
with 3 years exp. vs 2015
 
Accounting / Finance replied Feb 12
working in Europe up in 2016
with 3 years exp. vs 2015
 
Electrical Engineer replied Feb 12
working in South Asia up in 2016
with 9 years exp. vs 2015
 
General / Other Eng. replied Feb 12
working in North America up in 2016
with 14 years exp. vs 2015
 
Elec. or Instr. Tech replied Feb 12
working in Europe up in 2016
with 25 years exp. vs 2015
 
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.