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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$101,207
Australia & Oceania$105,385
Central Asia$78,186
East & SE Asia$83,070
Europe$113,585
Middle East$76,655
North America$90,304
South America$85,466
South Asia$72,153
RegionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Africa$101,207from1,763 responsesacross92 jobs
Australia & Oceania$105,385from689 responsesacross85 jobs
Central Asia$78,186from592 responsesacross83 jobs
East & SE Asia$83,070from1,107 responsesacross84 jobs
Europe$113,585from1,360 responsesacross94 jobs
Middle East$76,655from2,863 responsesacross93 jobs
North America$90,304from5,622 responsesacross94 jobs
South America$85,466from936 responsesacross88 jobs
South Asia$72,153from619 responsesacross85 jobs


Compensation by Type of Position   Last 12 Months
Type of PositionAverage Compensation
Drilling$119,325
Engineering$85,760
Geoscience$99,695
HSE$82,871
Maritime$99,880
Mgmt/Support$90,932
Oilfield Service$83,740
Production$89,130
Trades$74,842
Type of PositionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Drilling$119,325from1,541 responsesacross12 jobs
Engineering$85,760from3,906 responsesacross18 jobs
Geoscience$99,695from608 responsesacross5 jobs
HSE$82,871from1,595 responsesacross7 jobs
Maritime$99,880from703 responsesacross11 jobs
Mgmt/Support$90,932from3,086 responsesacross9 jobs
Oilfield Service$83,740from1,421 responsesacross15 jobs
Production$89,130from888 responsesacross7 jobs
Trades$74,842from1,803 responsesacross10 jobs
  
Recent Trends
Down Operations Manager
Avg Salary Down More Than 5%
 
Up Drilling Engineer
Avg Salary Up Less Than 5%
 
Up Design Engineer
Avg Salary Up Less Than 5%
 
Down Field Service Tech
Avg Salary Down More Than 5%
 
Up Reservoir Engineer
Avg Salary Up More Than 5%
 
Up Pipe Inspection
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
Drilling Consultant replied Dec 20
working in North America up in 2014
with 10 years exp. vs 2013
 
Other Backoffice replied Dec 20
working in Middle East up in 2014
with 5 years exp. vs 2013
 
Drilling Engineer replied Dec 20
working in Middle East down in 2014
with 8 years exp. vs 2013
 
Crane Operator replied Dec 20
working in Africa up in 2014
with 9 years exp. vs 2013
 
Electrical Engineer replied Dec 20
working in East & SE Asia up in 2014
with 10 years exp. vs 2013
 
Geoscientist replied Dec 19
working in North America up in 2014
with 0 years exp. vs 2013
 
Drilling Consultant replied Dec 19
working in South America up in 2014
with 12 years exp. vs 2013
 
Electrician replied Dec 19
working in South America down in 2014
with 15 years exp. vs 2013
 
General / Other Eng. replied Dec 19
working in East & SE Asia down in 2014
with 10 years exp. vs 2013
 
Maintenance Engineer replied Dec 19
working in East & SE Asia down in 2014
with 6 years exp. vs 2013
 
ROV Tech/Pilot replied Dec 19
working in Europe up in 2014
with 2 years exp. vs 2013
 
Drilling Engineer replied Dec 19
working in North America up in 2014
with 7 years exp. vs 2013
 
Drilling Engineer replied Dec 19
working in South America up in 2014
with 7 years exp. vs 2013
 
Mechanical Engineer replied Dec 19
working in Africa up in 2014
with 10 years exp. vs 2013
 
Elec. or Instr. Tech replied Dec 19
working in North America up in 2014
with 1 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.