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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$101,831
Australia & Oceania$104,643
Central Asia$77,011
East & SE Asia$78,454
Europe$113,531
Middle East$76,016
North America$91,630
South America$86,604
South Asia$72,903
RegionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Africa$101,831from1,599 responsesacross92 jobs
Australia & Oceania$104,643from595 responsesacross83 jobs
Central Asia$77,011from401 responsesacross74 jobs
East & SE Asia$78,454from1,314 responsesacross87 jobs
Europe$113,531from1,467 responsesacross94 jobs
Middle East$76,016from2,684 responsesacross91 jobs
North America$91,630from4,493 responsesacross94 jobs
South America$86,604from854 responsesacross88 jobs
South Asia$72,903from420 responsesacross82 jobs


Compensation by Type of Position   Last 12 Months
Type of PositionAverage Compensation
Drilling$122,812
Engineering$85,675
Geoscience$101,789
HSE$84,751
Maritime$98,564
Mgmt/Support$92,091
Oilfield Service$81,311
Production$87,422
Trades$72,628
Type of PositionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Drilling$122,812from1,411 responsesacross12 jobs
Engineering$85,675from3,554 responsesacross18 jobs
Geoscience$101,789from540 responsesacross5 jobs
HSE$84,751from1,387 responsesacross7 jobs
Maritime$98,564from607 responsesacross11 jobs
Mgmt/Support$92,091from2,749 responsesacross9 jobs
Oilfield Service$81,311from1,270 responsesacross15 jobs
Production$87,422from789 responsesacross7 jobs
Trades$72,628from1,520 responsesacross10 jobs
  
Recent Trends
Up Human Resources
Avg Salary Up Less Than 5%
 
Down Information Technology
Avg Salary Down Less Than 5%
 
Up Mud Engineer
Avg Salary Up Less Than 5%
 
Up Design Engineer
Avg Salary Up More Than 5%
 
Down Electrician
Avg Salary Down Less Than 5%
 
Up Directional Driller
Avg Salary Up 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
Field Service Tech replied Apr 18
working in North America up in 2015
with 8 years exp. vs 2014
 
Other Specialty replied Apr 18
working in Europe up in 2015
with 16 years exp. vs 2014
 
Process Engineer replied Apr 18
working in Europe up in 2015
with 10 years exp. vs 2014
 
General / Other Eng. replied Apr 18
working in Africa up in 2015
with 7 years exp. vs 2014
 
Operations Manager replied Apr 18
working in Middle East up in 2015
with 3 years exp. vs 2014
 
Cementing replied Apr 18
working in North America up in 2015
with 5 years exp. vs 2014
 
Sales / Marketing replied Apr 18
working in Europe up in 2015
with 25 years exp. vs 2014
 
Rig Mover replied Apr 18
working in Europe up in 2015
with 15 years exp. vs 2014
 
Safety Officer replied Apr 18
working in South Asia up in 2015
with 4 years exp. vs 2014
 
Safety Officer replied Apr 18
working in South Asia up in 2015
with 4 years exp. vs 2014
 
Operations Manager replied Apr 18
working in Africa up in 2015
with 21 years exp. vs 2014
 
Other Geotechnical replied Apr 18
working in Europe up in 2015
with 7 years exp. vs 2014
 
Information Technology replied Apr 18
working in East & SE Asia up in 2015
with 20 years exp. vs 2014
 
Civil Engineer replied Apr 18
working in Middle East down in 2015
with 26 years exp. vs 2014
 
Maintenance Engineer replied Apr 18
working in Middle East down in 2015
with 19 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.