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$103,033
Australia & Oceania$98,328
Central Asia$80,151
East & SE Asia$69,336
Europe$115,961
Middle East$78,765
North America$92,828
South America$87,231
South Asia$70,197
RegionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Africa$103,033from936 responsesacross87 jobs
Australia & Oceania$98,328from285 responsesacross68 jobs
Central Asia$80,151from241 responsesacross65 jobs
East & SE Asia$69,336from945 responsesacross81 jobs
Europe$115,961from1,102 responsesacross85 jobs
Middle East$78,765from1,942 responsesacross84 jobs
North America$92,828from1,978 responsesacross84 jobs
South America$87,231from456 responsesacross74 jobs
South Asia$70,197from272 responsesacross68 jobs


Compensation by Type of Position   Last 12 Months
Type of PositionAverage Compensation
Drilling$110,405
Engineering$87,159
Geoscience$108,167
HSE$85,200
Maritime$97,941
Mgmt/Support$94,160
Oilfield Service$78,591
Production$88,517
Trades$71,959
Type of PositionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Drilling$110,405from748 responsesacross10 jobs
Engineering$87,159from2,471 responsesacross18 jobs
Geoscience$108,167from411 responsesacross5 jobs
HSE$85,200from812 responsesacross6 jobs
Maritime$97,941from288 responsesacross9 jobs
Mgmt/Support$94,160from1,505 responsesacross9 jobs
Oilfield Service$78,591from757 responsesacross14 jobs
Production$88,517from465 responsesacross6 jobs
Trades$71,959from700 responsesacross10 jobs
  
Recent Trends
Down Civil Engineer
Avg Salary Down More Than 5%
 
Up Geologist
Avg Salary Up More Than 5%
 
Down General / Other Eng.
Avg Salary Down Less Than 5%
 
Up Executive
Avg Salary Up More Than 5%
 
Up Electrical Engineer
Avg Salary Up Less Than 5%
 
Up Safety Engineer
Avg Salary Up 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
Dynamic Position Officer replied Feb 24
working in North America up in 2017
with 16 years exp. vs 2016
 
Operations Manager replied Feb 24
working in Australia & Oceania up in 2017
with 20 years exp. vs 2016
 
Captain replied Feb 24
working in North America up in 2017
with 20 years exp. vs 2016
 
EMT / Paramedic replied Feb 24
working in East & SE Asia up in 2017
with 8 years exp. vs 2016
 
Toolpusher replied Feb 24
working in South Asia up in 2017
with 12 years exp. vs 2016
 
Electrical Engineer replied Feb 24
working in Europe up in 2017
with 13 years exp. vs 2016
 
Safety Officer replied Feb 24
working in North America down in 2017
with 17 years exp. vs 2016
 
Drilling Engineer replied Feb 24
working in North America down in 2017
with 2 years exp. vs 2016
 
General / Other Eng. replied Feb 24
working in Europe up in 2017
with 15 years exp. vs 2016
 
Mechanical Engineer replied Feb 24
working in Middle East up in 2017
with 6 years exp. vs 2016
 
Process Engineer replied Feb 24
working in Africa up in 2017
with 24 years exp. vs 2016
 
Diving replied Feb 24
working in North America up in 2017
with 20 years exp. vs 2016
 
Mechanic replied Feb 24
working in North America down in 2017
with 30 years exp. vs 2016
 
Operations Manager replied Feb 24
working in Middle East up in 2017
with 19 years exp. vs 2016
 
Mechanic replied Feb 23
working in North America up in 2017
with 10 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.