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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$105,167
Australia & Oceania$104,220
Central Asia$77,025
East & SE Asia$91,545
Europe$115,024
Middle East$78,320
North America$90,691
South America$87,711
South Asia$70,991
RegionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Africa$105,167from1,871 responsesacross91 jobs
Australia & Oceania$104,220from839 responsesacross87 jobs
Central Asia$77,025from755 responsesacross88 jobs
East & SE Asia$91,545from724 responsesacross84 jobs
Europe$115,024from1,457 responsesacross94 jobs
Middle East$78,320from3,073 responsesacross92 jobs
North America$90,691from6,720 responsesacross95 jobs
South America$87,711from973 responsesacross88 jobs
South Asia$70,991from844 responsesacross91 jobs


Compensation by Type of Position   Last 12 Months
Type of PositionAverage Compensation
Drilling$120,637
Engineering$87,515
Geoscience$100,519
HSE$83,117
Maritime$98,710
Mgmt/Support$92,248
Oilfield Service$84,264
Production$91,847
Trades$77,003
Type of PositionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Drilling$120,637from1,729 responsesacross12 jobs
Engineering$87,515from4,154 responsesacross18 jobs
Geoscience$100,519from648 responsesacross5 jobs
HSE$83,117from1,779 responsesacross7 jobs
Maritime$98,710from830 responsesacross11 jobs
Mgmt/Support$92,248from3,442 responsesacross9 jobs
Oilfield Service$84,264from1,656 responsesacross16 jobs
Production$91,847from1,018 responsesacross7 jobs
Trades$77,003from2,000 responsesacross10 jobs
  
Recent Trends
Down Accounting / Finance
Avg Salary Down Less Than 5%
 
Down Field Service Tech
Avg Salary Down Less Than 5%
 
Down Design Engineer
Avg Salary Down Less Than 5%
 
Up Rig Clerk / Radioman / Storeman
Avg Salary Up Less Than 5%
 
Down Budget / Cost Control
Avg Salary Down Less Than 5%
 
Up Captain
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
Driller replied Jul 22
working in Middle East up in 2014
with 24 years exp. vs 2013
 
Electrician replied Jul 22
working in North America up in 2014
with 15 years exp. vs 2013
 
Other Geotechnical replied Jul 22
working in South America up in 2014
with 5 years exp. vs 2013
 
Civil Engineer replied Jul 22
working in South Asia up in 2014
with 10 years exp. vs 2013
 
Derrickman replied Jul 22
working in Middle East up in 2014
with 6 years exp. vs 2013
 
Electrician replied Jul 22
working in Africa up in 2014
with 17 years exp. vs 2013
 
Civil Engineer replied Jul 22
working in South America up in 2014
with 20 years exp. vs 2013
 
General / Other Eng. replied Jul 22
working in South America up in 2014
with 28 years exp. vs 2013
 
Mud Engineer replied Jul 22
working in Africa up in 2014
with 2 years exp. vs 2013
 
Safety Officer replied Jul 22
working in North America up in 2014
with 3 years exp. vs 2013
 
Safety Officer replied Jul 22
working in North America up in 2014
with 3 years exp. vs 2013
 
Production Operator replied Jul 22
working in North America down in 2014
with 7 years exp. vs 2013
 
Production Operator replied Jul 22
working in North America up in 2014
with 2 years exp. vs 2013
 
Production Technologist replied Jul 22
working in North America up in 2014
with 5 years exp. vs 2013
 
Sales / Marketing replied Jul 22
working in North America up in 2014
with 7 years exp. vs 2013
 
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.