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$101,396
Australia & Oceania$94,939
Central Asia$68,500
East & SE Asia$70,161
Europe$110,449
Middle East$76,316
North America$92,369
South America$87,813
South Asia$73,124
RegionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Africa$101,396from766 responsesacross81 jobs
Australia & Oceania$94,939from216 responsesacross63 jobs
Central Asia$68,500from202 responsesacross59 jobs
East & SE Asia$70,161from770 responsesacross74 jobs
Europe$110,449from888 responsesacross81 jobs
Middle East$76,316from1,688 responsesacross80 jobs
North America$92,369from1,714 responsesacross82 jobs
South America$87,813from391 responsesacross71 jobs
South Asia$73,124from223 responsesacross58 jobs


Compensation by Type of Position   Last 12 Months
Type of PositionAverage Compensation
Drilling$108,612
Engineering$84,608
Geoscience$107,423
HSE$82,225
Maritime$100,311
Mgmt/Support$91,742
Oilfield Service$74,947
Production$89,382
Trades$70,509
Type of PositionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Drilling$108,612from676 responsesacross9 jobs
Engineering$84,608from2,128 responsesacross18 jobs
Geoscience$107,423from308 responsesacross5 jobs
HSE$82,225from640 responsesacross6 jobs
Maritime$100,311from233 responsesacross7 jobs
Mgmt/Support$91,742from1,283 responsesacross9 jobs
Oilfield Service$74,947from664 responsesacross14 jobs
Production$89,382from349 responsesacross6 jobs
Trades$70,509from577 responsesacross10 jobs
  
Recent Trends
Down Accounting / Finance
Avg Salary Down More Than 5%
 
Up Mechanical Engineer
Avg Salary Up More Than 5%
 
Down General / Other Eng.
Avg Salary Down Less Than 5%
 
Down Other HSE
Avg Salary Down More Than 5%
 
Up Sales / Marketing
Avg Salary Up More Than 5%
 
Down Driller
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 Trade replied Aug 24
working in North America up in 2017
with 20 years exp. vs 2016
 
Pipeline Engineer replied Aug 24
working in East & SE Asia up in 2017
with 25 years exp. vs 2016
 
Process Control replied Aug 24
working in Africa up in 2017
with 23 years exp. vs 2016
 
Maintenance Engineer replied Aug 24
working in Middle East up in 2017
with 2 years exp. vs 2016
 
Workover or Completion replied Aug 23
working in North America down in 2017
with 30 years exp. vs 2016
 
Mechanical Engineer replied Aug 23
working in Europe up in 2017
with 16 years exp. vs 2016
 
General / Other Eng. replied Aug 23
working in East & SE Asia up in 2017
with 0 years exp. vs 2016
 
Instrument Engineer replied Aug 23
working in Middle East up in 2017
with 5 years exp. vs 2016
 
Production Operator replied Aug 23
working in North America up in 2017
with 9 years exp. vs 2016
 
Executive replied Aug 23
working in Europe up in 2017
with 27 years exp. vs 2016
 
Marine Engineer replied Aug 23
working in Middle East up in 2017
with 9 years exp. vs 2016
 
Marine Engineer replied Aug 23
working in Middle East up in 2017
with 9 years exp. vs 2016
 
Mechanical Engineer replied Aug 23
working in North America up in 2017
with 6 years exp. vs 2016
 
Operations Manager replied Aug 23
working in Europe up in 2017
with 30 years exp. vs 2016
 
Field Service Tech replied Aug 23
working in North America up in 2017
with 19 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.