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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$103,222
Australia & Oceania$104,319
Central Asia$78,477
East & SE Asia$86,431
Europe$112,873
Middle East$76,834
North America$90,275
South America$86,358
South Asia$70,979
RegionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Africa$103,222from1,841 responsesacross91 jobs
Australia & Oceania$104,319from760 responsesacross86 jobs
Central Asia$78,477from655 responsesacross88 jobs
East & SE Asia$86,431from981 responsesacross84 jobs
Europe$112,873from1,398 responsesacross94 jobs
Middle East$76,834from2,953 responsesacross92 jobs
North America$90,275from6,056 responsesacross94 jobs
South America$86,358from962 responsesacross87 jobs
South Asia$70,979from712 responsesacross86 jobs


Compensation by Type of Position   Last 12 Months
Type of PositionAverage Compensation
Drilling$120,590
Engineering$86,341
Geoscience$100,234
HSE$83,644
Maritime$98,357
Mgmt/Support$90,857
Oilfield Service$84,057
Production$90,080
Trades$75,950
Type of PositionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Drilling$120,590from1,562 responsesacross12 jobs
Engineering$86,341from4,045 responsesacross18 jobs
Geoscience$100,234from621 responsesacross5 jobs
HSE$83,644from1,688 responsesacross7 jobs
Maritime$98,357from770 responsesacross11 jobs
Mgmt/Support$90,857from3,233 responsesacross9 jobs
Oilfield Service$84,057from1,522 responsesacross15 jobs
Production$90,080from959 responsesacross7 jobs
Trades$75,950from1,918 responsesacross10 jobs
  
Recent Trends
Down Heavy Machinery Operator
Avg Salary Down More Than 5%
 
Down Crane Operator
Avg Salary Down Less Than 5%
 
Down Other Backoffice
Avg Salary Down Less Than 5%
 
Down Human Resources
Avg Salary Down Less Than 5%
 
Up EMT / Paramedic
Avg Salary Up More Than 5%
 
Down Accounting / Finance
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
ROV Tech/Pilot replied Oct 20
working in North America up in 2014
with 0 years exp. vs 2013
 
Maintenance Engineer replied Oct 20
working in Europe up in 2014
with 20 years exp. vs 2013
 
Other Trade replied Oct 20
working in North America up in 2014
with 3 years exp. vs 2013
 
Civil Engineer replied Oct 20
working in Africa up in 2014
with 1 years exp. vs 2013
 
Mechanic replied Oct 20
working in North America up in 2014
with 15 years exp. vs 2013
 
Sales / Marketing replied Oct 20
working in North America up in 2014
with 12 years exp. vs 2013
 
Safety Officer replied Oct 20
working in Europe up in 2014
with 21 years exp. vs 2013
 
Production Operator replied Oct 20
working in Europe up in 2014
with 8 years exp. vs 2013
 
Petroleum Engineer replied Oct 20
working in Middle East up in 2014
with 24 years exp. vs 2013
 
Information Technology replied Oct 19
working in Middle East up in 2014
with 6 years exp. vs 2013
 
Elec. or Instr. Tech replied Oct 19
working in Middle East up in 2014
with 14 years exp. vs 2013
 
Budget / Cost Control replied Oct 19
working in Middle East up in 2014
with 15 years exp. vs 2013
 
Budget / Cost Control replied Oct 19
working in Middle East up in 2014
with 15 years exp. vs 2013
 
Marine Engineer replied Oct 19
working in North America up in 2014
with 15 years exp. vs 2013
 
Marine Engineer replied Oct 19
working in North America up in 2014
with 15 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.