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$107,175
Australia & Oceania$101,181
Central Asia$80,191
East & SE Asia$71,585
Europe$118,719
Middle East$78,695
North America$94,931
South America$87,762
South Asia$67,233
RegionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Africa$107,175from1,131 responsesacross84 jobs
Australia & Oceania$101,181from345 responsesacross71 jobs
Central Asia$80,191from262 responsesacross68 jobs
East & SE Asia$71,585from1,071 responsesacross86 jobs
Europe$118,719from1,305 responsesacross88 jobs
Middle East$78,695from2,194 responsesacross86 jobs
North America$94,931from2,139 responsesacross91 jobs
South America$87,762from569 responsesacross81 jobs
South Asia$67,233from305 responsesacross70 jobs


Compensation by Type of Position   Last 12 Months
Type of PositionAverage Compensation
Drilling$114,009
Engineering$88,810
Geoscience$107,403
HSE$87,547
Maritime$96,282
Mgmt/Support$97,226
Oilfield Service$80,022
Production$89,220
Trades$74,487
Type of PositionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Drilling$114,009from814 responsesacross11 jobs
Engineering$88,810from2,783 responsesacross18 jobs
Geoscience$107,403from468 responsesacross5 jobs
HSE$87,547from929 responsesacross7 jobs
Maritime$96,282from368 responsesacross10 jobs
Mgmt/Support$97,226from1,769 responsesacross9 jobs
Oilfield Service$80,022from807 responsesacross14 jobs
Production$89,220from564 responsesacross7 jobs
Trades$74,487from819 responsesacross10 jobs
  
Recent Trends
Up Sales / Marketing
Avg Salary Up Less Than 5%
 
Up Executive
Avg Salary Up Less Than 5%
 
Up Civil Engineer
Avg Salary Up Less Than 5%
 
Down Offshore Worker
Avg Salary Down Less Than 5%
 
Down Safety Officer
Avg Salary Down Less Than 5%
 
Down Accounting / Finance
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
Structural Engineer replied Jul 27
working in Middle East down in 2016
with 14 years exp. vs 2015
 
Workover or Completion replied Jul 27
working in Middle East up in 2016
with 10 years exp. vs 2015
 
Corrosion Engineer replied Jul 27
working in Europe up in 2016
with 14 years exp. vs 2015
 
Mechanical Engineer replied Jul 27
working in Europe up in 2016
with 9 years exp. vs 2015
 
Other Backoffice replied Jul 27
working in Europe up in 2016
with 20 years exp. vs 2015
 
Mechanical Engineer replied Jul 27
working in Europe up in 2016
with 18 years exp. vs 2015
 
Other Production Support replied Jul 26
working in East & SE Asia up in 2016
with 16 years exp. vs 2015
 
Electrical Engineer replied Jul 26
working in South Asia up in 2016
with 5 years exp. vs 2015
 
Geoscientist replied Jul 26
working in East & SE Asia up in 2016
with 14 years exp. vs 2015
 
Field Service Tech replied Jul 26
working in East & SE Asia up in 2016
with 5 years exp. vs 2015
 
Rig Clerk / Radioman / Storeman replied Jul 26
working in Middle East up in 2016
with 26 years exp. vs 2015
 
General / Other Eng. replied Jul 26
working in Australia & Oceania up in 2016
with 23 years exp. vs 2015
 
Corrosion Engineer replied Jul 26
working in East & SE Asia up in 2016
with 8 years exp. vs 2015
 
Field Service Tech replied Jul 26
working in Africa up in 2016
with 15 years exp. vs 2015
 
Welder/Fitter replied Jul 26
working in Africa up in 2016
with 30 years exp. vs 2015
 
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.