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$108,619
Australia & Oceania$98,891
Central Asia$72,474
East & SE Asia$72,165
Europe$117,722
Middle East$75,523
North America$94,601
South America$90,352
South Asia$66,601
RegionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Africa$108,619from1,342 responsesacross89 jobs
Australia & Oceania$98,891from461 responsesacross86 jobs
Central Asia$72,474from275 responsesacross66 jobs
East & SE Asia$72,165from1,215 responsesacross88 jobs
Europe$117,722from1,666 responsesacross90 jobs
Middle East$75,523from2,649 responsesacross89 jobs
North America$94,601from2,623 responsesacross93 jobs
South America$90,352from659 responsesacross84 jobs
South Asia$66,601from343 responsesacross71 jobs


Compensation by Type of Position   Last 12 Months
Type of PositionAverage Compensation
Drilling$121,895
Engineering$87,962
Geoscience$106,207
HSE$86,253
Maritime$96,769
Mgmt/Support$95,891
Oilfield Service$77,997
Production$88,870
Trades$74,495
Type of PositionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Drilling$121,895from919 responsesacross12 jobs
Engineering$87,962from3,330 responsesacross18 jobs
Geoscience$106,207from527 responsesacross5 jobs
HSE$86,253from1,065 responsesacross7 jobs
Maritime$96,769from468 responsesacross10 jobs
Mgmt/Support$95,891from2,217 responsesacross9 jobs
Oilfield Service$77,997from1,040 responsesacross15 jobs
Production$88,870from677 responsesacross7 jobs
Trades$74,495from990 responsesacross10 jobs
  
Recent Trends
Up Other HSE
Avg Salary Up Less Than 5%
 
Down Executive
Avg Salary Down More Than 5%
 
Up Operations Manager
Avg Salary Up Less Than 5%
 
Up Safety Officer
Avg Salary Up More Than 5%
 
Up Maintenance Engineer
Avg Salary Up More Than 5%
 
Down Leasing / Contracts
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
Process Engineer replied Feb 13
working in Central Asia up in 2016
with 1 years exp. vs 2015
 
Instrument Engineer replied Feb 13
working in Central Asia up in 2016
with 30 years exp. vs 2015
 
Operations Manager replied Feb 13
working in Middle East up in 2016
with 12 years exp. vs 2015
 
Operations Manager replied Feb 13
working in North America up in 2016
with 13 years exp. vs 2015
 
Other HSE replied Feb 13
working in North America up in 2016
with 9 years exp. vs 2015
 
Safety Engineer replied Feb 13
working in East & SE Asia up in 2016
with 16 years exp. vs 2015
 
Production Operator replied Feb 13
working in North America up in 2016
with 7 years exp. vs 2015
 
Civil Engineer replied Feb 13
working in Middle East down in 2016
with 30 years exp. vs 2015
 
Elec. or Instr. Tech replied Feb 13
working in North America up in 2016
with 30 years exp. vs 2015
 
Marine Surveyor replied Feb 13
working in South America up in 2016
with 29 years exp. vs 2015
 
Field Service Tech replied Feb 13
working in Central Asia up in 2016
with 13 years exp. vs 2015
 
Mechanic replied Feb 13
working in East & SE Asia up in 2016
with 20 years exp. vs 2015
 
Electrician replied Feb 13
working in Middle East up in 2016
with 25 years exp. vs 2015
 
Sales / Marketing replied Feb 13
working in Africa down in 2016
with 30 years exp. vs 2015
 
Electrician replied Feb 13
working in Africa up in 2016
with 25 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.