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$105,234
Australia & Oceania$102,060
Central Asia$80,857
East & SE Asia$70,705
Europe$117,919
Middle East$78,196
North America$94,692
South America$85,351
South Asia$66,886
RegionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Africa$105,234from1,074 responsesacross85 jobs
Australia & Oceania$102,060from308 responsesacross68 jobs
Central Asia$80,857from256 responsesacross68 jobs
East & SE Asia$70,705from1,024 responsesacross84 jobs
Europe$117,919from1,222 responsesacross87 jobs
Middle East$78,196from2,092 responsesacross88 jobs
North America$94,692from2,014 responsesacross90 jobs
South America$85,351from515 responsesacross76 jobs
South Asia$66,886from300 responsesacross67 jobs


Compensation by Type of Position   Last 12 Months
Type of PositionAverage Compensation
Drilling$113,949
Engineering$87,627
Geoscience$107,102
HSE$87,332
Maritime$96,034
Mgmt/Support$95,789
Oilfield Service$79,067
Production$89,937
Trades$74,883
Type of PositionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Drilling$113,949from732 responsesacross11 jobs
Engineering$87,627from2,625 responsesacross18 jobs
Geoscience$107,102from435 responsesacross5 jobs
HSE$87,332from896 responsesacross6 jobs
Maritime$96,034from310 responsesacross10 jobs
Mgmt/Support$95,789from1,677 responsesacross9 jobs
Oilfield Service$79,067from796 responsesacross14 jobs
Production$89,937from562 responsesacross7 jobs
Trades$74,883from772 responsesacross10 jobs
  
Recent Trends
Up Safety Engineer
Avg Salary Up More Than 5%
 
Down Other Backoffice
Avg Salary Down More Than 5%
 
Down Mechanic
Avg Salary Down More Than 5%
 
Up Chemical Engineer
Avg Salary Up More Than 5%
 
Down Budget / Cost Control
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
Leasing / Contracts replied Sep 25
working in East & SE Asia up in 2016
with 7 years exp. vs 2015
 
Geoscientist replied Sep 25
working in East & SE Asia up in 2016
with 5 years exp. vs 2015
 
MWD/LWD/Logging replied Sep 25
working in East & SE Asia up in 2016
with 9 years exp. vs 2015
 
Leasing / Contracts replied Sep 25
working in Middle East up in 2016
with 11 years exp. vs 2015
 
Operations Manager replied Sep 25
working in Middle East up in 2016
with 16 years exp. vs 2015
 
Heavy Machinery Operator replied Sep 25
working in North America up in 2016
with 20 years exp. vs 2015
 
Toolpusher replied Sep 25
working in East & SE Asia up in 2016
with 30 years exp. vs 2015
 
Instrument Engineer replied Sep 25
working in South Asia up in 2016
with 5 years exp. vs 2015
 
Accounting / Finance replied Sep 25
working in Middle East up in 2016
with 15 years exp. vs 2015
 
Production Operator replied Sep 25
working in East & SE Asia up in 2016
with 30 years exp. vs 2015
 
Operations Manager replied Sep 25
working in Europe up in 2016
with 14 years exp. vs 2015
 
Production Operator replied Sep 25
working in Middle East up in 2016
with 14 years exp. vs 2015
 
Executive replied Sep 25
working in Middle East up in 2016
with 18 years exp. vs 2015
 
Production Operator replied Sep 25
working in Central Asia up in 2016
with 7 years exp. vs 2015
 
Offshore Worker replied Sep 25
working in Central Asia up in 2016
with 7 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.