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$103,738
Australia & Oceania$99,796
Central Asia$84,328
East & SE Asia$70,546
Europe$116,220
Middle East$78,619
North America$93,293
South America$87,142
South Asia$67,444
RegionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Africa$103,738from992 responsesacross87 jobs
Australia & Oceania$99,796from294 responsesacross68 jobs
Central Asia$84,328from238 responsesacross65 jobs
East & SE Asia$70,546from973 responsesacross83 jobs
Europe$116,220from1,153 responsesacross87 jobs
Middle East$78,619from1,961 responsesacross86 jobs
North America$93,293from1,903 responsesacross85 jobs
South America$87,142from480 responsesacross73 jobs
South Asia$67,444from284 responsesacross69 jobs


Compensation by Type of Position   Last 12 Months
Type of PositionAverage Compensation
Drilling$112,708
Engineering$87,240
Geoscience$107,120
HSE$86,285
Maritime$98,500
Mgmt/Support$94,020
Oilfield Service$78,385
Production$89,391
Trades$75,075
Type of PositionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Drilling$112,708from734 responsesacross10 jobs
Engineering$87,240from2,497 responsesacross18 jobs
Geoscience$107,120from422 responsesacross5 jobs
HSE$86,285from799 responsesacross6 jobs
Maritime$98,500from274 responsesacross10 jobs
Mgmt/Support$94,020from1,560 responsesacross9 jobs
Oilfield Service$78,385from768 responsesacross14 jobs
Production$89,391from502 responsesacross6 jobs
Trades$75,075from722 responsesacross10 jobs
  
Recent Trends
Down Safety Officer
Avg Salary Down More Than 5%
 
Down General / Other Eng.
Avg Salary Down Less Than 5%
 
Down Other HSE
Avg Salary Down More Than 5%
 
Up Marine Engineer
Avg Salary Up Less Than 5%
 
Up Chemical Engineer
Avg Salary Up More Than 5%
 
Down MWD/LWD/Logging
Avg Salary Down 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
Heavy Machinery Operator replied Dec 7
working in North America up in 2016
with 10 years exp. vs 2015
 
Reservoir Engineer replied Dec 7
working in Africa up in 2016
with 6 years exp. vs 2015
 
Maintenance Engineer replied Dec 7
working in Africa up in 2016
with 11 years exp. vs 2015
 
Structural Engineer replied Dec 7
working in East & SE Asia up in 2016
with 30 years exp. vs 2015
 
Operations Manager replied Dec 7
working in North America up in 2016
with 25 years exp. vs 2015
 
Offshore Worker replied Dec 7
working in Africa up in 2016
with 18 years exp. vs 2015
 
Foreman or Superintendent replied Dec 7
working in Europe up in 2016
with 30 years exp. vs 2015
 
Process Engineer replied Dec 7
working in East & SE Asia up in 2016
with 8 years exp. vs 2015
 
Reservoir Engineer replied Dec 7
working in East & SE Asia up in 2016
with 2 years exp. vs 2015
 
Electrical Engineer replied Dec 7
working in Middle East up in 2016
with 8 years exp. vs 2015
 
Machinist replied Dec 7
working in Africa up in 2016
with 30 years exp. vs 2015
 
General / Other Eng. replied Dec 7
working in Middle East up in 2016
with 4 years exp. vs 2015
 
Budget / Cost Control replied Dec 7
working in Africa up in 2016
with 22 years exp. vs 2015
 
Foreman or Superintendent replied Dec 7
working in Middle East up in 2016
with 6 years exp. vs 2015
 
Mechanical Engineer replied Dec 6
working in Middle East up in 2016
with 6 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.