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$104,934
Australia & Oceania$101,249
Central Asia$74,750
East & SE Asia$75,465
Europe$115,585
Middle East$75,684
North America$92,835
South America$88,745
South Asia$70,840
RegionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Africa$104,934from1,508 responsesacross91 jobs
Australia & Oceania$101,249from565 responsesacross85 jobs
Central Asia$74,750from329 responsesacross68 jobs
East & SE Asia$75,465from1,346 responsesacross90 jobs
Europe$115,585from1,680 responsesacross94 jobs
Middle East$75,684from2,702 responsesacross92 jobs
North America$92,835from3,687 responsesacross94 jobs
South America$88,745from748 responsesacross89 jobs
South Asia$70,840from380 responsesacross75 jobs


Compensation by Type of Position   Last 12 Months
Type of PositionAverage Compensation
Drilling$124,752
Engineering$86,956
Geoscience$104,740
HSE$84,264
Maritime$97,253
Mgmt/Support$93,621
Oilfield Service$79,861
Production$87,113
Trades$72,953
Type of PositionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Drilling$124,752from1,277 responsesacross12 jobs
Engineering$86,956from3,583 responsesacross18 jobs
Geoscience$104,740from535 responsesacross5 jobs
HSE$84,264from1,239 responsesacross7 jobs
Maritime$97,253from561 responsesacross11 jobs
Mgmt/Support$93,621from2,511 responsesacross9 jobs
Oilfield Service$79,861from1,164 responsesacross15 jobs
Production$87,113from748 responsesacross7 jobs
Trades$72,953from1,327 responsesacross10 jobs
  
Recent Trends
Up Captain
Avg Salary Up Less Than 5%
 
Down Leasing / Contracts
Avg Salary Down Less Than 5%
 
Up Corrosion Engineer
Avg Salary Up Less Than 5%
 
Down Production Operator
Avg Salary Down Less Than 5%
 
Down Instrument Engineer
Avg Salary Down Less Than 5%
 
Up Toolpusher
Avg Salary Up 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
Petroleum Engineer replied Aug 4
working in North America up in 2015
with 8 years exp. vs 2014
 
Onshore Worker replied Aug 4
working in East & SE Asia up in 2015
with 23 years exp. vs 2014
 
Foreman or Superintendent replied Aug 4
working in North America up in 2015
with 8 years exp. vs 2014
 
Accounting / Finance replied Aug 4
working in Europe up in 2015
with 8 years exp. vs 2014
 
General / Other Eng. replied Aug 4
working in Middle East up in 2015
with 0 years exp. vs 2014
 
Production Engineer replied Aug 4
working in East & SE Asia up in 2015
with 7 years exp. vs 2014
 
Information Technology replied Aug 4
working in Africa up in 2015
with 15 years exp. vs 2014
 
Operations Manager replied Aug 4
working in Africa up in 2015
with 15 years exp. vs 2014
 
Foreman or Superintendent replied Aug 4
working in Middle East up in 2015
with 17 years exp. vs 2014
 
EMT / Paramedic replied Aug 4
working in Middle East up in 2015
with 14 years exp. vs 2014
 
Field Service Tech replied Aug 4
working in East & SE Asia up in 2015
with 18 years exp. vs 2014
 
Maintenance Engineer replied Aug 4
working in Middle East down in 2015
with 5 years exp. vs 2014
 
Other Rig Worker replied Aug 3
working in Middle East up in 2015
with 15 years exp. vs 2014
 
Human Resources replied Aug 3
working in Australia & Oceania up in 2015
with 3 years exp. vs 2014
 
Pipeline Engineer replied Aug 3
working in Central Asia down in 2015
with 3 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.