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$104,901
Australia & Oceania$100,116
Central Asia$73,179
East & SE Asia$74,579
Europe$116,043
Middle East$76,124
North America$93,227
South America$89,757
South Asia$70,361
RegionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Africa$104,901from1,458 responsesacross91 jobs
Australia & Oceania$100,116from543 responsesacross84 jobs
Central Asia$73,179from301 responsesacross70 jobs
East & SE Asia$74,579from1,299 responsesacross90 jobs
Europe$116,043from1,699 responsesacross94 jobs
Middle East$76,124from2,680 responsesacross92 jobs
North America$93,227from3,431 responsesacross94 jobs
South America$89,757from734 responsesacross90 jobs
South Asia$70,361from367 responsesacross74 jobs


Compensation by Type of Position   Last 12 Months
Type of PositionAverage Compensation
Drilling$124,713
Engineering$87,014
Geoscience$104,101
HSE$84,832
Maritime$96,916
Mgmt/Support$93,875
Oilfield Service$79,579
Production$87,917
Trades$72,967
Type of PositionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Drilling$124,713from1,236 responsesacross12 jobs
Engineering$87,014from3,484 responsesacross18 jobs
Geoscience$104,101from537 responsesacross5 jobs
HSE$84,832from1,177 responsesacross7 jobs
Maritime$96,916from552 responsesacross11 jobs
Mgmt/Support$93,875from2,432 responsesacross9 jobs
Oilfield Service$79,579from1,127 responsesacross15 jobs
Production$87,917from728 responsesacross7 jobs
Trades$72,967from1,239 responsesacross10 jobs
  
Recent Trends
Up Pipeline Engineer
Avg Salary Up Less Than 5%
 
Down Other Specialty
Avg Salary Down Less Than 5%
 
Down Sales / Marketing
Avg Salary Down Less Than 5%
 
Down Other Trade
Avg Salary Down Less Than 5%
 
Up Driller
Avg Salary Up Less Than 5%
 
Up Accounting / Finance
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
General / Other Eng. replied Sep 2
working in Australia & Oceania up in 2015
with 6 years exp. vs 2014
 
Drilling Engineer replied Sep 2
working in East & SE Asia up in 2015
with 11 years exp. vs 2014
 
Reservoir Engineer replied Sep 2
working in North America up in 2015
with 30 years exp. vs 2014
 
Production Engineer replied Sep 2
working in North America up in 2015
with 1 years exp. vs 2014
 
Geoscientist replied Sep 2
working in East & SE Asia up in 2015
with 14 years exp. vs 2014
 
Maintenance Engineer replied Sep 2
working in Africa up in 2015
with 20 years exp. vs 2014
 
Accounting / Finance replied Sep 2
working in South America up in 2015
with 10 years exp. vs 2014
 
Production Operator replied Sep 2
working in South America up in 2015
with 15 years exp. vs 2014
 
General / Other Eng. replied Sep 2
working in South America up in 2015
with 23 years exp. vs 2014
 
Instrument Engineer replied Sep 2
working in North America up in 2015
with 30 years exp. vs 2014
 
Process Engineer replied Sep 2
working in North America up in 2015
with 16 years exp. vs 2014
 
Other Specialty replied Sep 2
working in Europe up in 2015
with 20 years exp. vs 2014
 
Other Specialty replied Sep 2
working in Europe up in 2015
with 20 years exp. vs 2014
 
Geologist replied Sep 2
working in Europe up in 2015
with 2 years exp. vs 2014
 
Field Service Tech replied Sep 2
working in North America 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.