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$103,093
Australia & Oceania$102,756
Central Asia$75,207
East & SE Asia$76,729
Europe$115,073
Middle East$75,246
North America$92,511
South America$87,372
South Asia$70,942
RegionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Africa$103,093from1,582 responsesacross91 jobs
Australia & Oceania$102,756from580 responsesacross85 jobs
Central Asia$75,207from356 responsesacross70 jobs
East & SE Asia$76,729from1,349 responsesacross90 jobs
Europe$115,073from1,675 responsesacross93 jobs
Middle East$75,246from2,683 responsesacross91 jobs
North America$92,511from3,926 responsesacross94 jobs
South America$87,372from781 responsesacross89 jobs
South Asia$70,942from372 responsesacross76 jobs


Compensation by Type of Position   Last 12 Months
Type of PositionAverage Compensation
Drilling$124,346
Engineering$86,509
Geoscience$104,140
HSE$84,478
Maritime$97,404
Mgmt/Support$93,018
Oilfield Service$80,904
Production$87,288
Trades$72,233
Type of PositionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Drilling$124,346from1,321 responsesacross12 jobs
Engineering$86,509from3,666 responsesacross18 jobs
Geoscience$104,140from541 responsesacross5 jobs
HSE$84,478from1,279 responsesacross7 jobs
Maritime$97,404from578 responsesacross11 jobs
Mgmt/Support$93,018from2,601 responsesacross9 jobs
Oilfield Service$80,904from1,178 responsesacross15 jobs
Production$87,288from765 responsesacross7 jobs
Trades$72,233from1,375 responsesacross10 jobs
  
Recent Trends
Up Toolpusher
Avg Salary Up Less Than 5%
 
Up Leasing / Contracts
Avg Salary Up More Than 5%
 
Up Other HSE
Avg Salary Up More Than 5%
 
Up EMT / Paramedic
Avg Salary Up Less Than 5%
 
Up Accounting / Finance
Avg Salary Up Less Than 5%
 
Down Production Engineer
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
General / Other Eng. replied Jul 2
working in Middle East up in 2015
with 20 years exp. vs 2014
 
Subsea Engineer replied Jul 2
working in Europe up in 2015
with 15 years exp. vs 2014
 
Geoscientist replied Jul 2
working in Europe up in 2015
with 7 years exp. vs 2014
 
Mechanical Engineer replied Jul 1
working in Africa up in 2015
with 18 years exp. vs 2014
 
Accounting / Finance replied Jul 1
working in Middle East up in 2015
with 0 years exp. vs 2014
 
Other Rig Worker replied Jul 1
working in South America up in 2015
with 5 years exp. vs 2014
 
Foreman or Superintendent replied Jul 1
working in Middle East up in 2015
with 14 years exp. vs 2014
 
Heavy Machinery Operator replied Jul 1
working in South America up in 2015
with 12 years exp. vs 2014
 
Other HSE replied Jul 1
working in Australia & Oceania up in 2015
with 10 years exp. vs 2014
 
Other Rig Worker replied Jul 1
working in East & SE Asia up in 2015
with 0 years exp. vs 2014
 
Other Rig Worker replied Jul 1
working in East & SE Asia up in 2015
with 0 years exp. vs 2014
 
Electrical Engineer replied Jul 1
working in Middle East up in 2015
with 6 years exp. vs 2014
 
Other HSE replied Jul 1
working in Middle East up in 2015
with 11 years exp. vs 2014
 
Electrical Engineer replied Jul 1
working in North America up in 2015
with 5 years exp. vs 2014
 
Safety Officer replied Jul 1
working in Africa up in 2015
with 7 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.