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$107,978
Australia & Oceania$99,528
Central Asia$78,386
East & SE Asia$72,225
Europe$118,683
Middle East$78,507
North America$95,371
South America$88,420
South Asia$68,227
RegionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Africa$107,978from1,167 responsesacross84 jobs
Australia & Oceania$99,528from359 responsesacross73 jobs
Central Asia$78,386from263 responsesacross67 jobs
East & SE Asia$72,225from1,104 responsesacross86 jobs
Europe$118,683from1,323 responsesacross88 jobs
Middle East$78,507from2,279 responsesacross90 jobs
North America$95,371from2,186 responsesacross92 jobs
South America$88,420from568 responsesacross82 jobs
South Asia$68,227from314 responsesacross69 jobs


Compensation by Type of Position   Last 12 Months
Type of PositionAverage Compensation
Drilling$115,031
Engineering$89,179
Geoscience$107,183
HSE$86,851
Maritime$96,232
Mgmt/Support$96,753
Oilfield Service$79,487
Production$89,717
Trades$75,340
Type of PositionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Drilling$115,031from858 responsesacross11 jobs
Engineering$89,179from2,855 responsesacross18 jobs
Geoscience$107,183from467 responsesacross5 jobs
HSE$86,851from951 responsesacross7 jobs
Maritime$96,232from370 responsesacross10 jobs
Mgmt/Support$96,753from1,812 responsesacross9 jobs
Oilfield Service$79,487from847 responsesacross15 jobs
Production$89,717from574 responsesacross7 jobs
Trades$75,340from829 responsesacross10 jobs
  
Recent Trends
Down Reservoir Engineer
Avg Salary Down More Than 5%
 
Down Other HSE
Avg Salary Down Less Than 5%
 
Up Petroleum Engineer
Avg Salary Up More Than 5%
 
Down Accounting / Finance
Avg Salary Down Less Than 5%
 
Down Marine Engineer
Avg Salary Down More Than 5%
 
Down Workover or Completion
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
Safety Engineer replied Jun 25
working in Middle East up in 2016
with 10 years exp. vs 2015
 
Electrical Engineer replied Jun 25
working in Middle East down in 2016
with 2 years exp. vs 2015
 
Marine Surveyor replied Jun 25
working in Europe up in 2016
with 20 years exp. vs 2015
 
Petroleum Engineer replied Jun 25
working in Europe down in 2016
with 12 years exp. vs 2015
 
Other Drilling Support replied Jun 24
working in North America down in 2016
with 13 years exp. vs 2015
 
Geologist replied Jun 24
working in Africa up in 2016
with 8 years exp. vs 2015
 
Pipeline Engineer replied Jun 24
working in East & SE Asia down in 2016
with 21 years exp. vs 2015
 
Mechanic replied Jun 24
working in Australia & Oceania down in 2016
with 15 years exp. vs 2015
 
Geologist replied Jun 24
working in North America up in 2016
with 5 years exp. vs 2015
 
Operations Manager replied Jun 24
working in Middle East up in 2016
with 25 years exp. vs 2015
 
Field Service Tech replied Jun 24
working in Africa up in 2016
with 10 years exp. vs 2015
 
Elec. or Instr. Tech replied Jun 24
working in South America up in 2016
with 30 years exp. vs 2015
 
Petroleum Engineer replied Jun 24
working in East & SE Asia up in 2016
with 5 years exp. vs 2015
 
Petrophysicist replied Jun 24
working in South America up in 2016
with 7 years exp. vs 2015
 
Coil Tubing replied Jun 24
working in Europe down in 2016
with 10 years exp. vs 2015
 
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.