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$102,588
Australia & Oceania$102,928
Central Asia$78,593
East & SE Asia$77,291
Europe$113,465
Middle East$75,774
North America$92,227
South America$87,663
South Asia$71,698
RegionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Africa$102,588from1,574 responsesacross91 jobs
Australia & Oceania$102,928from600 responsesacross86 jobs
Central Asia$78,593from360 responsesacross72 jobs
East & SE Asia$77,291from1,361 responsesacross87 jobs
Europe$113,465from1,603 responsesacross94 jobs
Middle East$75,774from2,746 responsesacross91 jobs
North America$92,227from4,253 responsesacross94 jobs
South America$87,663from832 responsesacross89 jobs
South Asia$71,698from385 responsesacross78 jobs


Compensation by Type of Position   Last 12 Months
Type of PositionAverage Compensation
Drilling$124,451
Engineering$86,367
Geoscience$103,133
HSE$85,039
Maritime$98,101
Mgmt/Support$91,868
Oilfield Service$81,374
Production$87,029
Trades$72,404
Type of PositionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Drilling$124,451from1,365 responsesacross12 jobs
Engineering$86,367from3,657 responsesacross18 jobs
Geoscience$103,133from543 responsesacross5 jobs
HSE$85,039from1,329 responsesacross7 jobs
Maritime$98,101from589 responsesacross11 jobs
Mgmt/Support$91,868from2,731 responsesacross9 jobs
Oilfield Service$81,374from1,214 responsesacross15 jobs
Production$87,029from803 responsesacross7 jobs
Trades$72,404from1,483 responsesacross10 jobs
  
Recent Trends
Up Production Operator
Avg Salary Up Less Than 5%
 
Up Sales / Marketing
Avg Salary Up Less Than 5%
 
Down Budget / Cost Control
Avg Salary Down Less Than 5%
 
Up Safety Officer
Avg Salary Up More Than 5%
 
Down Cementing
Avg Salary Down Less Than 5%
 
Down Maintenance Engineer
Avg Salary Down 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
Operations Manager replied May 24
working in Middle East down in 2015
with 9 years exp. vs 2014
 
Petroleum Engineer replied May 24
working in Africa up in 2015
with 7 years exp. vs 2014
 
Corrosion Engineer replied May 24
working in Africa up in 2015
with 20 years exp. vs 2014
 
Corrosion Engineer replied May 24
working in Africa up in 2015
with 20 years exp. vs 2014
 
Corrosion Engineer replied May 24
working in Africa up in 2015
with 20 years exp. vs 2014
 
Mechanical Engineer replied May 24
working in Africa up in 2015
with 1 years exp. vs 2014
 
Drilling Consultant replied May 24
working in Middle East up in 2015
with 30 years exp. vs 2014
 
Other Hand replied May 24
working in Europe up in 2015
with 10 years exp. vs 2014
 
Operations Manager replied May 23
working in Europe up in 2015
with 23 years exp. vs 2014
 
Pipeline Engineer replied May 23
working in East & SE Asia up in 2015
with 8 years exp. vs 2014
 
Field Service Tech replied May 23
working in North America up in 2015
with 30 years exp. vs 2014
 
Drilling Engineer replied May 23
working in Middle East up in 2015
with 6 years exp. vs 2014
 
Foreman or Superintendent replied May 23
working in Middle East down in 2015
with 4 years exp. vs 2014
 
HVAC replied May 23
working in Europe up in 2015
with 30 years exp. vs 2014
 
Operations Manager replied May 23
working in North America up in 2015
with 29 years exp. vs 2014
 
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.