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$102,274
Australia & Oceania$102,734
Central Asia$78,452
East & SE Asia$76,846
Europe$113,390
Middle East$75,832
North America$92,254
South America$87,893
South Asia$71,218
RegionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Africa$102,274from1,583 responsesacross91 jobs
Australia & Oceania$102,734from600 responsesacross86 jobs
Central Asia$78,452from355 responsesacross71 jobs
East & SE Asia$76,846from1,368 responsesacross88 jobs
Europe$113,390from1,599 responsesacross94 jobs
Middle East$75,832from2,752 responsesacross91 jobs
North America$92,254from4,237 responsesacross94 jobs
South America$87,893from826 responsesacross90 jobs
South Asia$71,218from385 responsesacross78 jobs


Compensation by Type of Position   Last 12 Months
Type of PositionAverage Compensation
Drilling$124,307
Engineering$86,254
Geoscience$103,542
HSE$84,803
Maritime$97,817
Mgmt/Support$91,978
Oilfield Service$80,971
Production$86,742
Trades$72,370
Type of PositionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Drilling$124,307from1,364 responsesacross12 jobs
Engineering$86,254from3,666 responsesacross18 jobs
Geoscience$103,542from539 responsesacross5 jobs
HSE$84,803from1,332 responsesacross7 jobs
Maritime$97,817from589 responsesacross11 jobs
Mgmt/Support$91,978from2,736 responsesacross9 jobs
Oilfield Service$80,971from1,208 responsesacross15 jobs
Production$86,742from797 responsesacross7 jobs
Trades$72,370from1,474 responsesacross10 jobs
  
Recent Trends
Up Civil Engineer
Avg Salary Up More Than 5%
 
Up Drilling Engineer
Avg Salary Up Less Than 5%
 
Down Maintenance Engineer
Avg Salary Down Less Than 5%
 
Up Pipeline Engineer
Avg Salary Up Less Than 5%
 
Down Coil Tubing
Avg Salary Down More Than 5%
 
Down Elec. or Instr. Tech
Avg Salary Down 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
Petroleum Engineer replied May 27
working in East & SE Asia up in 2015
with 4 years exp. vs 2014
 
Instrument Engineer replied May 27
working in South Asia up in 2015
with 8 years exp. vs 2014
 
Geologist replied May 27
working in Australia & Oceania up in 2015
with 7 years exp. vs 2014
 
Geoscientist replied May 27
working in East & SE Asia up in 2015
with 8 years exp. vs 2014
 
Executive replied May 27
working in Europe down in 2015
with 3 years exp. vs 2014
 
Pipe Inspection replied May 27
working in Middle East up in 2015
with 11 years exp. vs 2014
 
Electrical Engineer replied May 27
working in Middle East up in 2015
with 4 years exp. vs 2014
 
Sales / Marketing replied May 27
working in Africa up in 2015
with 3 years exp. vs 2014
 
Operations Manager replied May 27
working in East & SE Asia up in 2015
with 19 years exp. vs 2014
 
Budget / Cost Control replied May 27
working in Europe up in 2015
with 8 years exp. vs 2014
 
Geologist replied May 27
working in Africa down in 2015
with 15 years exp. vs 2014
 
Subsea Engineer replied May 27
working in East & SE Asia up in 2015
with 25 years exp. vs 2014
 
Pipe Inspection replied May 27
working in Africa down in 2015
with 6 years exp. vs 2014
 
General / Other Eng. replied May 27
working in Middle East up in 2015
with 15 years exp. vs 2014
 
Workover or Completion replied May 27
working in East & SE Asia up in 2015
with 14 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.