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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.
Filter year-by-year results by region:
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Compensation by Region   Last 12 Months
RegionAverage Compensation
Africa$105,608
Australia & Oceania$104,956
Central Asia$79,273
Europe$116,849
Far East$100,374
Middle East$79,751
North America$90,611
South America$88,368
Southern Asia$72,143
RegionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Africa$105,608from2,065 responsesacross93 jobs
Australia & Oceania$104,956from941 responsesacross88 jobs
Central Asia$79,273from878 responsesacross90 jobs
Europe$116,849from1,601 responsesacross93 jobs
Far East$100,374from594 responsesacross84 jobs
Middle East$79,751from3,350 responsesacross94 jobs
North America$90,611from7,623 responsesacross96 jobs
South America$88,368from1,047 responsesacross89 jobs
Southern Asia$72,143from1,005 responsesacross93 jobs


Compensation by Type of Position   Last 12 Months
Type of PositionAverage Compensation
Drilling$121,228
Engineering$88,276
Geoscience$104,732
HSE$82,976
Maritime$96,618
Mgmt/Support$93,339
Oilfield Service$85,159
Production$93,246
Trades$77,362
Type of PositionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Drilling$121,228from1,966 responsesacross12 jobs
Engineering$88,276from4,586 responsesacross18 jobs
Geoscience$104,732from738 responsesacross5 jobs
HSE$82,976from1,864 responsesacross7 jobs
Maritime$96,618from929 responsesacross12 jobs
Mgmt/Support$93,339from3,798 responsesacross9 jobs
Oilfield Service$85,159from1,871 responsesacross16 jobs
Production$93,246from1,135 responsesacross7 jobs
Trades$77,362from2,217 responsesacross10 jobs
  
Recent Trends
Down Operations Manager
Avg Salary Down Less Than 5%
 
Up Ships Engineer
Avg Salary Up More Than 5%
 
Down Human Resources
Avg Salary Down Less Than 5%
 
Down Mechanic
Avg Salary Down Less Than 5%
 
Up Welder/Fitter
Avg Salary Up Less Than 5%
 
Up Other HSE
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
Dynamic Position Officer replied Apr 17
working in Europe up in 2014
with 10 years exp. vs 2013
 
Drilling Consultant replied Apr 17
working in North America up in 2014
with 15 years exp. vs 2013
 
Safety Engineer replied Apr 17
working in North America up in 2014
with 14 years exp. vs 2013
 
Instrument Engineer replied Apr 17
working in North America up in 2014
with 24 years exp. vs 2013
 
Instrument Engineer replied Apr 17
working in North America up in 2014
with 24 years exp. vs 2013
 
Instrument Engineer replied Apr 17
working in North America up in 2014
with 24 years exp. vs 2013
 
Instrument Engineer replied Apr 17
working in North America up in 2014
with 24 years exp. vs 2013
 
EMT / Paramedic replied Apr 17
working in Middle East up in 2014
with 30 years exp. vs 2013
 
Maintenance Engineer replied Apr 17
working in Central Asia up in 2014
with 4 years exp. vs 2013
 
Other HSE replied Apr 17
working in Australia & Oceania up in 2014
with 9 years exp. vs 2013
 
Foreman or Superintendent replied Apr 17
working in South America up in 2014
with 3 years exp. vs 2013
 
Other Backoffice replied Apr 17
working in North America up in 2014
with 7 years exp. vs 2013
 
Workover or Completion replied Apr 17
working in North America down in 2014
with 26 years exp. vs 2013
 
Workover or Completion replied Apr 17
working in North America down in 2014
with 26 years exp. vs 2013
 
EMT / Paramedic replied Apr 17
working in Far East up in 2014
with 9 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.