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$103,697
Australia & Oceania$98,658
Central Asia$78,416
East & SE Asia$70,222
Europe$113,693
Middle East$78,398
North America$92,526
South America$86,895
South Asia$70,744
RegionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Africa$103,697from902 responsesacross85 jobs
Australia & Oceania$98,658from271 responsesacross67 jobs
Central Asia$78,416from240 responsesacross64 jobs
East & SE Asia$70,222from935 responsesacross81 jobs
Europe$113,693from1,047 responsesacross83 jobs
Middle East$78,398from1,891 responsesacross83 jobs
North America$92,526from1,961 responsesacross84 jobs
South America$86,895from429 responsesacross72 jobs
South Asia$70,744from261 responsesacross66 jobs


Compensation by Type of Position   Last 12 Months
Type of PositionAverage Compensation
Drilling$110,325
Engineering$86,394
Geoscience$108,698
HSE$84,965
Maritime$99,993
Mgmt/Support$93,216
Oilfield Service$78,288
Production$87,880
Trades$71,547
Type of PositionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Drilling$110,325from730 responsesacross10 jobs
Engineering$86,394from2,423 responsesacross18 jobs
Geoscience$108,698from399 responsesacross5 jobs
HSE$84,965from783 responsesacross6 jobs
Maritime$99,993from288 responsesacross8 jobs
Mgmt/Support$93,216from1,441 responsesacross9 jobs
Oilfield Service$78,288from745 responsesacross14 jobs
Production$87,880from447 responsesacross6 jobs
Trades$71,547from681 responsesacross10 jobs
  
Recent Trends
Up Other Backoffice
Avg Salary Up More Than 5%
 
Up Maintenance Engineer
Avg Salary Up Less Than 5%
 
Up Geoscientist
Avg Salary Up More Than 5%
 
Up Production Operator
Avg Salary Up More Than 5%
 
Down Budget / Cost Control
Avg Salary Down Less 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
Leasing / Contracts replied Mar 24
working in Middle East up in 2017
with 7 years exp. vs 2016
 
Leasing / Contracts replied Mar 24
working in Europe up in 2017
with 12 years exp. vs 2016
 
Design Engineer replied Mar 24
working in Europe down in 2017
with 30 years exp. vs 2016
 
Budget / Cost Control replied Mar 24
working in Europe down in 2017
with 10 years exp. vs 2016
 
Operations Manager replied Mar 24
working in Middle East up in 2017
with 20 years exp. vs 2016
 
General / Other Eng. replied Mar 24
working in East & SE Asia up in 2017
with 7 years exp. vs 2016
 
Downhole Intervention replied Mar 24
working in Europe up in 2017
with 4 years exp. vs 2016
 
Safety Engineer replied Mar 23
working in Middle East up in 2017
with 28 years exp. vs 2016
 
Mechanical Engineer replied Mar 23
working in East & SE Asia up in 2017
with 5 years exp. vs 2016
 
Elec. or Instr. Tech replied Mar 23
working in Europe up in 2017
with 12 years exp. vs 2016
 
Civil Engineer replied Mar 23
working in North America up in 2017
with 2 years exp. vs 2016
 
Electrician replied Mar 23
working in East & SE Asia up in 2017
with 11 years exp. vs 2016
 
Drilling Engineer replied Mar 23
working in South America up in 2017
with 5 years exp. vs 2016
 
Geoscientist replied Mar 23
working in North America up in 2017
with 4 years exp. vs 2016
 
Rig Manager replied Mar 23
working in Africa down in 2017
with 16 years exp. vs 2016
 
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.