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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$104,995
Australia & Oceania$104,423
Central Asia$78,612
Europe$116,451
Far East$100,754
Middle East$79,806
North America$90,702
South America$88,318
Southern Asia$71,800
RegionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Africa$104,995from2,047 responsesacross93 jobs
Australia & Oceania$104,423from928 responsesacross88 jobs
Central Asia$78,612from879 responsesacross90 jobs
Europe$116,451from1,592 responsesacross93 jobs
Far East$100,754from595 responsesacross85 jobs
Middle East$79,806from3,326 responsesacross93 jobs
North America$90,702from7,539 responsesacross96 jobs
South America$88,318from1,039 responsesacross89 jobs
Southern Asia$71,800from1,009 responsesacross93 jobs


Compensation by Type of Position   Last 12 Months
Type of PositionAverage Compensation
Drilling$121,337
Engineering$88,033
Geoscience$104,608
HSE$82,848
Maritime$97,072
Mgmt/Support$93,186
Oilfield Service$85,001
Production$93,281
Trades$77,179
Type of PositionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Drilling$121,337from1,938 responsesacross12 jobs
Engineering$88,033from4,566 responsesacross18 jobs
Geoscience$104,608from730 responsesacross5 jobs
HSE$82,848from1,850 responsesacross7 jobs
Maritime$97,072from916 responsesacross12 jobs
Mgmt/Support$93,186from3,764 responsesacross9 jobs
Oilfield Service$85,001from1,848 responsesacross16 jobs
Production$93,281from1,136 responsesacross7 jobs
Trades$77,179from2,206 responsesacross10 jobs
  
Recent Trends
Down Drilling Consultant
Avg Salary Down More Than 5%
 
Down Pipeline Engineer
Avg Salary Down More Than 5%
 
Down EMT / Paramedic
Avg Salary Down Less Than 5%
 
Down Chemical Engineer
Avg Salary Down Less Than 5%
 
Down Operations Manager
Avg Salary Down Less Than 5%
 
Up Rig Manager
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
Executive replied Apr 24
working in Middle East up in 2014
with 7 years exp. vs 2013
 
Operations Manager replied Apr 24
working in North America up in 2014
with 17 years exp. vs 2013
 
Instrument Engineer replied Apr 24
working in Southern Asia down in 2014
with 7 years exp. vs 2013
 
Geoscientist replied Apr 24
working in North America up in 2014
with 21 years exp. vs 2013
 
Electrician replied Apr 24
working in North America up in 2014
with 0 years exp. vs 2013
 
Heavy Machinery Operator replied Apr 24
working in Europe up in 2014
with 30 years exp. vs 2013
 
Heavy Machinery Operator replied Apr 24
working in Europe up in 2014
with 30 years exp. vs 2013
 
Heavy Machinery Operator replied Apr 24
working in Europe up in 2014
with 30 years exp. vs 2013
 
Drilling Engineer replied Apr 24
working in North America up in 2014
with 1 years exp. vs 2013
 
Crane Operator replied Apr 24
working in North America up in 2014
with 27 years exp. vs 2013
 
Chemical Engineer replied Apr 24
working in Middle East up in 2014
with 5 years exp. vs 2013
 
Other Backoffice replied Apr 24
working in North America up in 2014
with 6 years exp. vs 2013
 
Budget / Cost Control replied Apr 24
working in North America up in 2014
with 5 years exp. vs 2013
 
Safety Officer replied Apr 24
working in North America up in 2014
with 0 years exp. vs 2013
 
Sales / Marketing replied Apr 24
working in North America up in 2014
with 17 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.