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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$103,729
Australia & Oceania$105,122
Central Asia$78,150
East & SE Asia$88,821
Europe$114,360
Middle East$77,256
North America$90,422
South America$86,477
South Asia$71,516
RegionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Africa$103,729from1,902 responsesacross92 jobs
Australia & Oceania$105,122from822 responsesacross86 jobs
Central Asia$78,150from696 responsesacross87 jobs
East & SE Asia$88,821from832 responsesacross84 jobs
Europe$114,360from1,451 responsesacross93 jobs
Middle East$77,256from3,024 responsesacross91 jobs
North America$90,422from6,358 responsesacross94 jobs
South America$86,477from991 responsesacross87 jobs
South Asia$71,516from797 responsesacross90 jobs


Compensation by Type of Position   Last 12 Months
Type of PositionAverage Compensation
Drilling$120,260
Engineering$86,973
Geoscience$101,131
HSE$83,523
Maritime$99,569
Mgmt/Support$91,411
Oilfield Service$83,889
Production$90,207
Trades$76,486
Type of PositionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Drilling$120,260from1,673 responsesacross12 jobs
Engineering$86,973from4,112 responsesacross18 jobs
Geoscience$101,131from641 responsesacross5 jobs
HSE$83,523from1,705 responsesacross7 jobs
Maritime$99,569from792 responsesacross11 jobs
Mgmt/Support$91,411from3,392 responsesacross9 jobs
Oilfield Service$83,889from1,599 responsesacross15 jobs
Production$90,207from999 responsesacross7 jobs
Trades$76,486from1,960 responsesacross10 jobs
  
Recent Trends
Up Geoscientist
Avg Salary Up More Than 5%
 
Up Other HSE
Avg Salary Up More Than 5%
 
Up Civil Engineer
Avg Salary Up More Than 5%
 
Down Operations Manager
Avg Salary Down More Than 5%
 
Up Chemical Engineer
Avg Salary Up Less Than 5%
 
Down Executive
Avg Salary Down 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
Toolpusher replied Aug 30
working in Australia & Oceania down in 2014
with 6 years exp. vs 2013
 
Electrical Engineer replied Aug 30
working in North America up in 2014
with 4 years exp. vs 2013
 
Mechanical Engineer replied Aug 30
working in North America up in 2014
with 8 years exp. vs 2013
 
Mechanical Engineer replied Aug 30
working in North America up in 2014
with 8 years exp. vs 2013
 
Civil Engineer replied Aug 30
working in Africa up in 2014
with 30 years exp. vs 2013
 
Civil Engineer replied Aug 30
working in Africa up in 2014
with 30 years exp. vs 2013
 
Petroleum Engineer replied Aug 30
working in Africa up in 2014
with 26 years exp. vs 2013
 
Welder/Fitter replied Aug 30
working in North America down in 2014
with 16 years exp. vs 2013
 
Coil Tubing replied Aug 30
working in Africa up in 2014
with 8 years exp. vs 2013
 
Geologist replied Aug 30
working in Australia & Oceania up in 2014
with 9 years exp. vs 2013
 
Maintenance Engineer replied Aug 29
working in Middle East up in 2014
with 11 years exp. vs 2013
 
Reservoir Engineer replied Aug 29
working in North America up in 2014
with 1 years exp. vs 2013
 
Welder/Fitter replied Aug 29
working in North America down in 2014
with 2 years exp. vs 2013
 
Production Operator replied Aug 29
working in North America down in 2014
with 6 years exp. vs 2013
 
Corrosion Engineer replied Aug 29
working in Europe up in 2014
with 6 years exp. vs 2013
 
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.