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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.
Filter year-by-year results by region:
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Compensation by Region   Last 12 Months
RegionAverage Compensation
Africa$101,861
Australia & Oceania$104,643
Central Asia$77,011
East & SE Asia$78,454
Europe$113,543
Middle East$75,874
North America$91,631
South America$86,668
South Asia$72,965
RegionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Africa$101,861from1,599 responsesacross92 jobs
Australia & Oceania$104,643from595 responsesacross83 jobs
Central Asia$77,011from401 responsesacross74 jobs
East & SE Asia$78,454from1,314 responsesacross87 jobs
Europe$113,543from1,467 responsesacross94 jobs
Middle East$75,874from2,680 responsesacross91 jobs
North America$91,631from4,489 responsesacross94 jobs
South America$86,668from853 responsesacross88 jobs
South Asia$72,965from421 responsesacross82 jobs


Compensation by Type of Position   Last 12 Months
Type of PositionAverage Compensation
Drilling$122,812
Engineering$85,685
Geoscience$101,917
HSE$84,751
Maritime$98,549
Mgmt/Support$91,953
Oilfield Service$81,305
Production$87,446
Trades$72,645
Type of PositionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Drilling$122,812from1,411 responsesacross12 jobs
Engineering$85,685from3,554 responsesacross18 jobs
Geoscience$101,917from539 responsesacross5 jobs
HSE$84,751from1,386 responsesacross7 jobs
Maritime$98,549from608 responsesacross11 jobs
Mgmt/Support$91,953from2,747 responsesacross9 jobs
Oilfield Service$81,305from1,269 responsesacross15 jobs
Production$87,446from787 responsesacross7 jobs
Trades$72,645from1,518 responsesacross10 jobs
  
Recent Trends
Up Corrosion Engineer
Avg Salary Up Less Than 5%
 
Up Leasing / Contracts
Avg Salary Up More Than 5%
 
Up Geologist
Avg Salary Up Less Than 5%
 
Up Other HSE
Avg Salary Up Less Than 5%
 
Up Foreman or Superintendent
Avg Salary Up More Than 5%
 
Down Driller
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
Civil Engineer replied Apr 19
working in North America up in 2015
with 5 years exp. vs 2014
 
Other Backoffice replied Apr 19
working in South Asia up in 2015
with 8 years exp. vs 2014
 
Rig Manager replied Apr 19
working in Middle East up in 2015
with 27 years exp. vs 2014
 
Process Engineer replied Apr 19
working in Middle East up in 2015
with 24 years exp. vs 2014
 
Rigger replied Apr 19
working in Europe up in 2015
with 6 years exp. vs 2014
 
Operations Manager replied Apr 18
working in North America up in 2015
with 20 years exp. vs 2014
 
Other HSE replied Apr 18
working in Middle East up in 2015
with 8 years exp. vs 2014
 
Other Drilling Support replied Apr 18
working in East & SE Asia up in 2015
with 10 years exp. vs 2014
 
Driller replied Apr 18
working in South America up in 2015
with 16 years exp. vs 2014
 
Drilling Consultant replied Apr 18
working in East & SE Asia down in 2015
with 15 years exp. vs 2014
 
Rigger replied Apr 18
working in Australia & Oceania down in 2015
with 20 years exp. vs 2014
 
Production Operator replied Apr 18
working in North America down in 2015
with 16 years exp. vs 2014
 
Mechanical Engineer replied Apr 18
working in Europe up in 2015
with 10 years exp. vs 2014
 
Operations Manager replied Apr 18
working in North America up in 2015
with 5 years exp. vs 2014
 
Production Operator replied Apr 18
working in Europe down in 2015
with 20 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.