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$102,210
Australia & Oceania$102,615
Central Asia$78,452
East & SE Asia$77,048
Europe$113,671
Middle East$75,807
North America$92,225
South America$88,029
South Asia$70,978
RegionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Africa$102,210from1,580 responsesacross91 jobs
Australia & Oceania$102,615from603 responsesacross86 jobs
Central Asia$78,452from355 responsesacross71 jobs
East & SE Asia$77,048from1,375 responsesacross89 jobs
Europe$113,671from1,609 responsesacross94 jobs
Middle East$75,807from2,756 responsesacross91 jobs
North America$92,225from4,208 responsesacross94 jobs
South America$88,029from823 responsesacross90 jobs
South Asia$70,978from382 responsesacross77 jobs


Compensation by Type of Position   Last 12 Months
Type of PositionAverage Compensation
Drilling$124,364
Engineering$86,248
Geoscience$103,949
HSE$84,639
Maritime$97,561
Mgmt/Support$92,119
Oilfield Service$80,874
Production$86,962
Trades$72,400
Type of PositionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Drilling$124,364from1,361 responsesacross12 jobs
Engineering$86,248from3,661 responsesacross18 jobs
Geoscience$103,949from545 responsesacross5 jobs
HSE$84,639from1,333 responsesacross7 jobs
Maritime$97,561from591 responsesacross11 jobs
Mgmt/Support$92,119from2,728 responsesacross9 jobs
Oilfield Service$80,874from1,203 responsesacross15 jobs
Production$86,962from797 responsesacross7 jobs
Trades$72,400from1,472 responsesacross10 jobs
  
Recent Trends
Up Workover or Completion
Avg Salary Up More Than 5%
 
Up Pipeline Engineer
Avg Salary Up Less Than 5%
 
Down Elec. or Instr. Tech
Avg Salary Down Less Than 5%
 
Up Mechanical Engineer
Avg Salary Up More Than 5%
 
Up Petrophysicist
Avg Salary Up Less Than 5%
 
Up Sales / Marketing
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
Other HSE replied May 29
working in Africa up in 2015
with 17 years exp. vs 2014
 
Operations Manager replied May 29
working in South Asia up in 2015
with 9 years exp. vs 2014
 
Mechanic replied May 29
working in Middle East up in 2015
with 11 years exp. vs 2014
 
Operations Manager replied May 29
working in North America up in 2015
with 2 years exp. vs 2014
 
Electrician replied May 29
working in Africa up in 2015
with 10 years exp. vs 2014
 
Maintenance Engineer replied May 29
working in Middle East up in 2015
with 5 years exp. vs 2014
 
Maintenance Engineer replied May 29
working in Middle East up in 2015
with 5 years exp. vs 2014
 
Cementing replied May 29
working in Middle East up in 2015
with 3 years exp. vs 2014
 
Oiler replied May 29
working in North America up in 2015
with 28 years exp. vs 2014
 
MWD/LWD/Logging replied May 29
working in North America up in 2015
with 2 years exp. vs 2014
 
Welder/Fitter replied May 29
working in Middle East up in 2015
with 25 years exp. vs 2014
 
Mechanic replied May 29
working in Middle East up in 2015
with 12 years exp. vs 2014
 
Other Rig Worker replied May 29
working in Africa up in 2015
with 30 years exp. vs 2014
 
Directional Driller replied May 29
working in Australia & Oceania up in 2015
with 9 years exp. vs 2014
 
Electrician replied May 29
working in North America up in 2015
with 17 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.