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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$100,944
Australia & Oceania$106,049
Central Asia$76,456
East & SE Asia$79,366
Europe$113,471
Middle East$76,420
North America$91,534
South America$85,879
South Asia$71,845
RegionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Africa$100,944from1,579 responsesacross91 jobs
Australia & Oceania$106,049from612 responsesacross82 jobs
Central Asia$76,456from433 responsesacross76 jobs
East & SE Asia$79,366from1,261 responsesacross87 jobs
Europe$113,471from1,361 responsesacross94 jobs
Middle East$76,420from2,649 responsesacross91 jobs
North America$91,534from4,677 responsesacross94 jobs
South America$85,879from846 responsesacross88 jobs
South Asia$71,845from445 responsesacross83 jobs


Compensation by Type of Position   Last 12 Months
Type of PositionAverage Compensation
Drilling$123,950
Engineering$85,217
Geoscience$100,224
HSE$84,108
Maritime$98,797
Mgmt/Support$91,241
Oilfield Service$81,798
Production$87,786
Trades$72,653
Type of PositionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Drilling$123,950from1,455 responsesacross12 jobs
Engineering$85,217from3,516 responsesacross18 jobs
Geoscience$100,224from534 responsesacross5 jobs
HSE$84,108from1,387 responsesacross7 jobs
Maritime$98,797from613 responsesacross11 jobs
Mgmt/Support$91,241from2,721 responsesacross9 jobs
Oilfield Service$81,798from1,289 responsesacross15 jobs
Production$87,786from798 responsesacross7 jobs
Trades$72,653from1,550 responsesacross10 jobs
  
Recent Trends
Down Information Technology
Avg Salary Down More Than 5%
 
Down Corrosion Engineer
Avg Salary Down Less Than 5%
 
Up Field Service Tech
Avg Salary Up Less Than 5%
 
Up Other HSE
Avg Salary Up Less Than 5%
 
Up Sales / Marketing
Avg Salary Up Less Than 5%
 
Down Other Trade
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
Maintenance Engineer replied Mar 31
working in Europe down in 2015
with 24 years exp. vs 2014
 
Foreman or Superintendent replied Mar 31
working in Europe up in 2015
with 10 years exp. vs 2014
 
Environmental Engineer replied Mar 31
working in Europe up in 2015
with 11 years exp. vs 2014
 
Other Marine Support replied Mar 31
working in Africa up in 2015
with 5 years exp. vs 2014
 
Mechanic replied Mar 31
working in Africa up in 2015
with 19 years exp. vs 2014
 
Rig Clerk / Radioman / Storeman replied Mar 31
working in Middle East up in 2015
with 13 years exp. vs 2014
 
Seismic Technician replied Mar 31
working in East & SE Asia up in 2015
with 25 years exp. vs 2014
 
Geologist replied Mar 31
working in Africa up in 2015
with 26 years exp. vs 2014
 
Instrument Engineer replied Mar 31
working in East & SE Asia up in 2015
with 5 years exp. vs 2014
 
Executive replied Mar 31
working in Europe up in 2015
with 30 years exp. vs 2014
 
Executive replied Mar 31
working in Africa up in 2015
with 30 years exp. vs 2014
 
Trainer replied Mar 31
working in Middle East up in 2015
with 25 years exp. vs 2014
 
Driller replied Mar 31
working in Europe up in 2015
with 19 years exp. vs 2014
 
Drilling Consultant replied Mar 31
working in Europe down in 2015
with 28 years exp. vs 2014
 
Accounting / Finance replied Mar 31
working in Africa up in 2015
with 7 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.