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$103,607
Australia & Oceania$98,801
Central Asia$78,581
East & SE Asia$70,276
Europe$113,648
Middle East$78,449
North America$92,581
South America$86,895
South Asia$70,744
RegionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Africa$103,607from902 responsesacross85 jobs
Australia & Oceania$98,801from270 responsesacross67 jobs
Central Asia$78,581from239 responsesacross64 jobs
East & SE Asia$70,276from936 responsesacross81 jobs
Europe$113,648from1,043 responsesacross83 jobs
Middle East$78,449from1,898 responsesacross83 jobs
North America$92,581from1,958 responsesacross84 jobs
South America$86,895from429 responsesacross72 jobs
South Asia$70,744from261 responsesacross66 jobs


Compensation by Type of Position   Last 12 Months
Type of PositionAverage Compensation
Drilling$110,487
Engineering$86,365
Geoscience$108,435
HSE$84,928
Maritime$100,005
Mgmt/Support$93,289
Oilfield Service$78,254
Production$87,880
Trades$71,561
Type of PositionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Drilling$110,487from729 responsesacross10 jobs
Engineering$86,365from2,422 responsesacross18 jobs
Geoscience$108,435from399 responsesacross5 jobs
HSE$84,928from786 responsesacross6 jobs
Maritime$100,005from289 responsesacross8 jobs
Mgmt/Support$93,289from1,439 responsesacross9 jobs
Oilfield Service$78,254from746 responsesacross14 jobs
Production$87,880from447 responsesacross6 jobs
Trades$71,561from679 responsesacross10 jobs
  
Recent Trends
Down Design Engineer
Avg Salary Down Less Than 5%
 
Down Drilling Consultant
Avg Salary Down Less Than 5%
 
Up Maintenance Engineer
Avg Salary Up Less Than 5%
 
Down Other HSE
Avg Salary Down Less Than 5%
 
Down Elec. or Instr. Tech
Avg Salary Down More Than 5%
 
Up Marine Engineer
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
Toolpusher replied Mar 25
working in Middle East up in 2017
with 15 years exp. vs 2016
 
Civil Engineer replied Mar 25
working in Middle East up in 2017
with 6 years exp. vs 2016
 
Process Engineer replied Mar 25
working in North America down in 2017
with 28 years exp. vs 2016
 
Operations Manager replied Mar 25
working in Europe up in 2017
with 6 years exp. vs 2016
 
Mud Engineer replied Mar 25
working in North America up in 2017
with 13 years exp. vs 2016
 
Crane Operator replied Mar 25
working in Africa up in 2017
with 11 years exp. vs 2016
 
Human Resources replied Mar 25
working in North America up in 2017
with 15 years exp. vs 2016
 
Design Engineer replied Mar 25
working in Europe up in 2017
with 3 years exp. vs 2016
 
Process Engineer replied Mar 25
working in East & SE Asia up in 2017
with 8 years exp. vs 2016
 
Dynamic Position Officer replied Mar 25
working in East & SE Asia up in 2017
with 8 years exp. vs 2016
 
Geologist replied Mar 25
working in Middle East up in 2017
with 5 years exp. vs 2016
 
Coil Tubing replied Mar 25
working in Middle East down in 2017
with 6 years exp. vs 2016
 
Subsea Engineer replied Mar 25
working in Middle East up in 2017
with 30 years exp. vs 2016
 
Mechanical Engineer replied Mar 25
working in Middle East up in 2017
with 2 years exp. vs 2016
 
Safety Officer replied Mar 24
working in Middle East up in 2017
with 20 years exp. vs 2016
 
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.