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$105,098
Australia & Oceania$101,430
Central Asia$80,771
East & SE Asia$70,549
Europe$117,988
Middle East$77,901
North America$94,689
South America$85,698
South Asia$66,756
RegionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Africa$105,098from1,077 responsesacross86 jobs
Australia & Oceania$101,430from307 responsesacross68 jobs
Central Asia$80,771from257 responsesacross68 jobs
East & SE Asia$70,549from1,031 responsesacross84 jobs
Europe$117,988from1,224 responsesacross87 jobs
Middle East$77,901from2,093 responsesacross88 jobs
North America$94,689from2,015 responsesacross90 jobs
South America$85,698from517 responsesacross76 jobs
South Asia$66,756from301 responsesacross67 jobs


Compensation by Type of Position   Last 12 Months
Type of PositionAverage Compensation
Drilling$113,885
Engineering$87,607
Geoscience$106,520
HSE$87,148
Maritime$96,034
Mgmt/Support$95,557
Oilfield Service$79,017
Production$89,386
Trades$74,882
Type of PositionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Drilling$113,885from738 responsesacross11 jobs
Engineering$87,607from2,625 responsesacross18 jobs
Geoscience$106,520from441 responsesacross5 jobs
HSE$87,148from895 responsesacross6 jobs
Maritime$96,034from310 responsesacross10 jobs
Mgmt/Support$95,557from1,681 responsesacross9 jobs
Oilfield Service$79,017from797 responsesacross14 jobs
Production$89,386from562 responsesacross7 jobs
Trades$74,882from773 responsesacross10 jobs
  
Recent Trends
Down Safety Officer
Avg Salary Down Less Than 5%
 
Down Electrician
Avg Salary Down More Than 5%
 
Down Petroleum Engineer
Avg Salary Down More Than 5%
 
Up Sales / Marketing
Avg Salary Up More Than 5%
 
Up Elec. or Instr. Tech
Avg Salary Up Less Than 5%
 
Down Electrical Engineer
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
Other HSE replied Sep 27
working in Australia & Oceania up in 2016
with 30 years exp. vs 2015
 
Driller replied Sep 27
working in Middle East down in 2016
with 15 years exp. vs 2015
 
Marine Engineer replied Sep 27
working in East & SE Asia up in 2016
with 8 years exp. vs 2015
 
Drilling Consultant replied Sep 27
working in East & SE Asia down in 2016
with 30 years exp. vs 2015
 
Mud Engineer replied Sep 27
working in North America down in 2016
with 20 years exp. vs 2015
 
Pipeline Engineer replied Sep 27
working in North America up in 2016
with 28 years exp. vs 2015
 
Pipeline Engineer replied Sep 27
working in North America up in 2016
with 28 years exp. vs 2015
 
Derrickman replied Sep 27
working in Europe up in 2016
with 0 years exp. vs 2015
 
Accounting / Finance replied Sep 27
working in Europe up in 2016
with 5 years exp. vs 2015
 
Driller replied Sep 27
working in Middle East up in 2016
with 28 years exp. vs 2015
 
Directional Driller replied Sep 27
working in South America up in 2016
with 3 years exp. vs 2015
 
Directional Driller replied Sep 27
working in South America up in 2016
with 3 years exp. vs 2015
 
Geologist replied Sep 27
working in Middle East up in 2016
with 0 years exp. vs 2015
 
Rig Clerk / Radioman / Storeman replied Sep 27
working in Australia & Oceania up in 2016
with 7 years exp. vs 2015
 
Well Control replied Sep 27
working in Africa up in 2016
with 9 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.