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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$104,951
Australia & Oceania$104,262
Central Asia$76,986
East & SE Asia$91,350
Europe$114,583
Middle East$78,631
North America$90,600
South America$87,561
South Asia$71,296
RegionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Africa$104,951from1,866 responsesacross91 jobs
Australia & Oceania$104,262from832 responsesacross87 jobs
Central Asia$76,986from741 responsesacross88 jobs
East & SE Asia$91,350from731 responsesacross83 jobs
Europe$114,583from1,446 responsesacross93 jobs
Middle East$78,631from3,061 responsesacross92 jobs
North America$90,600from6,682 responsesacross95 jobs
South America$87,561from973 responsesacross88 jobs
South Asia$71,296from838 responsesacross91 jobs


Compensation by Type of Position   Last 12 Months
Type of PositionAverage Compensation
Drilling$120,787
Engineering$87,542
Geoscience$100,237
HSE$82,994
Maritime$98,986
Mgmt/Support$91,938
Oilfield Service$84,199
Production$91,629
Trades$77,104
Type of PositionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Drilling$120,787from1,723 responsesacross12 jobs
Engineering$87,542from4,129 responsesacross18 jobs
Geoscience$100,237from651 responsesacross5 jobs
HSE$82,994from1,773 responsesacross7 jobs
Maritime$98,986from820 responsesacross11 jobs
Mgmt/Support$91,938from3,435 responsesacross9 jobs
Oilfield Service$84,199from1,645 responsesacross16 jobs
Production$91,629from1,019 responsesacross7 jobs
Trades$77,104from1,975 responsesacross10 jobs
  
Recent Trends
Up Rigger
Avg Salary Up Less Than 5%
 
Down Budget / Cost Control
Avg Salary Down Less Than 5%
 
Up Production Engineer
Avg Salary Up Less Than 5%
 
Down Information Technology
Avg Salary Down More Than 5%
 
Up Safety Officer
Avg Salary Up More Than 5%
 
Up General / Other Eng.
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
Other Specialty replied Jul 26
working in Africa up in 2014
with 10 years exp. vs 2013
 
Drilling Engineer replied Jul 26
working in South America up in 2014
with 10 years exp. vs 2013
 
General / Other Eng. replied Jul 26
working in Middle East up in 2014
with 20 years exp. vs 2013
 
Onshore Worker replied Jul 26
working in North America down in 2014
with 7 years exp. vs 2013
 
Geoscientist replied Jul 26
working in North America up in 2014
with 7 years exp. vs 2013
 
Production Technologist replied Jul 26
working in North America up in 2014
with 1 years exp. vs 2013
 
Oiler replied Jul 26
working in Middle East up in 2014
with 13 years exp. vs 2013
 
Other Backoffice replied Jul 26
working in Middle East up in 2014
with 15 years exp. vs 2013
 
Floorhand replied Jul 26
working in Australia & Oceania up in 2014
with 1 years exp. vs 2013
 
Leasing / Contracts replied Jul 26
working in Africa up in 2014
with 11 years exp. vs 2013
 
Other Backoffice replied Jul 26
working in Middle East up in 2014
with 4 years exp. vs 2013
 
Directional Driller replied Jul 26
working in Africa up in 2014
with 4 years exp. vs 2013
 
Rig Manager replied Jul 26
working in North America up in 2014
with 14 years exp. vs 2013
 
Rig Manager replied Jul 26
working in North America up in 2014
with 14 years exp. vs 2013
 
Other HSE replied Jul 26
working in Middle East up in 2014
with 12 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.