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$99,875
Australia & Oceania$93,904
Central Asia$67,269
East & SE Asia$70,850
Europe$111,247
Middle East$76,567
North America$92,997
South America$87,869
South Asia$73,995
RegionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Africa$99,875from702 responsesacross76 jobs
Australia & Oceania$93,904from181 responsesacross58 jobs
Central Asia$67,269from176 responsesacross55 jobs
East & SE Asia$70,850from650 responsesacross71 jobs
Europe$111,247from807 responsesacross77 jobs
Middle East$76,567from1,611 responsesacross76 jobs
North America$92,997from1,552 responsesacross80 jobs
South America$87,869from357 responsesacross68 jobs
South Asia$73,995from195 responsesacross53 jobs


Compensation by Type of Position   Last 12 Months
Type of PositionAverage Compensation
Drilling$108,970
Engineering$84,392
Geoscience$106,104
HSE$81,881
Maritime$103,211
Mgmt/Support$92,516
Oilfield Service$74,327
Production$88,871
Trades$72,067
Type of PositionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Drilling$108,970from640 responsesacross9 jobs
Engineering$84,392from1,984 responsesacross18 jobs
Geoscience$106,104from267 responsesacross4 jobs
HSE$81,881from597 responsesacross6 jobs
Maritime$103,211from200 responsesacross6 jobs
Mgmt/Support$92,516from1,148 responsesacross9 jobs
Oilfield Service$74,327from565 responsesacross14 jobs
Production$88,871from310 responsesacross6 jobs
Trades$72,067from520 responsesacross9 jobs
  
Recent Trends
Up Operations Manager
Avg Salary Up Less Than 5%
 
Up Executive
Avg Salary Up More Than 5%
 
Up Other Backoffice
Avg Salary Up More Than 5%
 
Down Civil Engineer
Avg Salary Down More Than 5%
 
Down Instrument Engineer
Avg Salary Down More Than 5%
 
Down Geologist
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
Electrical Engineer replied Nov 20
working in East & SE Asia up in 2017
with 18 years exp. vs 2016
 
Reservoir Engineer replied Nov 20
working in East & SE Asia down in 2017
with 7 years exp. vs 2016
 
Reservoir Engineer replied Nov 20
working in East & SE Asia down in 2017
with 7 years exp. vs 2016
 
Reservoir Engineer replied Nov 20
working in East & SE Asia down in 2017
with 7 years exp. vs 2016
 
Reservoir Engineer replied Nov 20
working in East & SE Asia down in 2017
with 7 years exp. vs 2016
 
Reservoir Engineer replied Nov 20
working in East & SE Asia down in 2017
with 7 years exp. vs 2016
 
Other HSE replied Nov 19
working in North America up in 2017
with 26 years exp. vs 2016
 
Other HSE replied Nov 19
working in North America up in 2017
with 26 years exp. vs 2016
 
Other HSE replied Nov 19
working in North America up in 2017
with 26 years exp. vs 2016
 
Other HSE replied Nov 19
working in North America up in 2017
with 26 years exp. vs 2016
 
Other HSE replied Nov 19
working in North America up in 2017
with 26 years exp. vs 2016
 
Other HSE replied Nov 19
working in North America up in 2017
with 26 years exp. vs 2016
 
Other HSE replied Nov 19
working in North America up in 2017
with 26 years exp. vs 2016
 
Operations Manager replied Nov 19
working in Middle East up in 2017
with 25 years exp. vs 2016
 
Geoscientist replied Nov 19
working in South America down in 2017
with 30 years exp. vs 2016
 
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.