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$104,906
Australia & Oceania$100,061
Central Asia$73,268
East & SE Asia$74,596
Europe$116,063
Middle East$76,133
North America$93,209
South America$89,757
South Asia$70,443
RegionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Africa$104,906from1,459 responsesacross91 jobs
Australia & Oceania$100,061from545 responsesacross85 jobs
Central Asia$73,268from302 responsesacross70 jobs
East & SE Asia$74,596from1,297 responsesacross90 jobs
Europe$116,063from1,698 responsesacross94 jobs
Middle East$76,133from2,684 responsesacross92 jobs
North America$93,209from3,438 responsesacross94 jobs
South America$89,757from734 responsesacross90 jobs
South Asia$70,443from368 responsesacross74 jobs


Compensation by Type of Position   Last 12 Months
Type of PositionAverage Compensation
Drilling$124,741
Engineering$87,010
Geoscience$104,232
HSE$84,870
Maritime$96,929
Mgmt/Support$93,832
Oilfield Service$79,615
Production$87,870
Trades$72,967
Type of PositionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Drilling$124,741from1,237 responsesacross12 jobs
Engineering$87,010from3,486 responsesacross18 jobs
Geoscience$104,232from536 responsesacross5 jobs
HSE$84,870from1,178 responsesacross7 jobs
Maritime$96,929from551 responsesacross11 jobs
Mgmt/Support$93,832from2,436 responsesacross9 jobs
Oilfield Service$79,615from1,130 responsesacross15 jobs
Production$87,870from732 responsesacross7 jobs
Trades$72,967from1,239 responsesacross10 jobs
  
Recent Trends
Down Human Resources
Avg Salary Down More Than 5%
 
Up Driller
Avg Salary Up Less Than 5%
 
Down Design Engineer
Avg Salary Down Less Than 5%
 
Down Foreman or Superintendent
Avg Salary Down More Than 5%
 
Down Operations Manager
Avg Salary Down Less Than 5%
 
Down Electrician
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 Sep 2
working in North America up in 2015
with 16 years exp. vs 2014
 
Other Specialty replied Sep 2
working in Europe up in 2015
with 20 years exp. vs 2014
 
Other Specialty replied Sep 2
working in Europe up in 2015
with 20 years exp. vs 2014
 
Geologist replied Sep 2
working in Europe up in 2015
with 2 years exp. vs 2014
 
Field Service Tech replied Sep 2
working in North America down in 2015
with 20 years exp. vs 2014
 
Operations Manager replied Sep 2
working in Europe up in 2015
with 22 years exp. vs 2014
 
Safety Officer replied Sep 2
working in Middle East up in 2015
with 3 years exp. vs 2014
 
Seismic Technician replied Sep 2
working in North America down in 2015
with 5 years exp. vs 2014
 
Electrical Engineer replied Sep 2
working in East & SE Asia up in 2015
with 30 years exp. vs 2014
 
Petroleum Engineer replied Sep 2
working in East & SE Asia up in 2015
with 0 years exp. vs 2014
 
Driller replied Sep 2
working in Africa down in 2015
with 23 years exp. vs 2014
 
Mechanical Engineer replied Sep 2
working in Africa up in 2015
with 10 years exp. vs 2014
 
Operations Manager replied Sep 2
working in North America up in 2015
with 16 years exp. vs 2014
 
Chemical Engineer replied Sep 2
working in Europe down in 2015
with 12 years exp. vs 2014
 
Maintenance Engineer replied Sep 2
working in Africa up in 2015
with 8 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.