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$105,150
Australia & Oceania$102,121
Central Asia$81,203
East & SE Asia$71,423
Europe$118,028
Middle East$78,425
North America$95,239
South America$86,106
South Asia$66,616
RegionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Africa$105,150from1,092 responsesacross85 jobs
Australia & Oceania$102,121from306 responsesacross70 jobs
Central Asia$81,203from267 responsesacross66 jobs
East & SE Asia$71,423from1,035 responsesacross84 jobs
Europe$118,028from1,251 responsesacross87 jobs
Middle East$78,425from2,122 responsesacross88 jobs
North America$95,239from2,047 responsesacross90 jobs
South America$86,106from524 responsesacross77 jobs
South Asia$66,616from300 responsesacross67 jobs


Compensation by Type of Position   Last 12 Months
Type of PositionAverage Compensation
Drilling$114,409
Engineering$88,055
Geoscience$107,711
HSE$86,740
Maritime$97,844
Mgmt/Support$95,793
Oilfield Service$79,520
Production$89,804
Trades$75,292
Type of PositionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Drilling$114,409from761 responsesacross11 jobs
Engineering$88,055from2,678 responsesacross18 jobs
Geoscience$107,711from439 responsesacross5 jobs
HSE$86,740from910 responsesacross6 jobs
Maritime$97,844from343 responsesacross10 jobs
Mgmt/Support$95,793from1,699 responsesacross9 jobs
Oilfield Service$79,520from782 responsesacross14 jobs
Production$89,804from546 responsesacross7 jobs
Trades$75,292from786 responsesacross10 jobs
  
Recent Trends
Up Chemical Engineer
Avg Salary Up More Than 5%
 
Up Field Service Tech
Avg Salary Up Less Than 5%
 
Up Drilling Engineer
Avg Salary Up Less Than 5%
 
Down Subsea Engineer
Avg Salary Down More Than 5%
 
Down Geoscientist
Avg Salary Down More Than 5%
 
Down Offshore Worker
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
Instrument Engineer replied Sep 1
working in Middle East down in 2016
with 6 years exp. vs 2015
 
Accounting / Finance replied Aug 31
working in Middle East up in 2016
with 30 years exp. vs 2015
 
General / Other Eng. replied Aug 31
working in East & SE Asia up in 2016
with 12 years exp. vs 2015
 
Executive replied Aug 31
working in East & SE Asia up in 2016
with 23 years exp. vs 2015
 
Other HSE replied Aug 31
working in Middle East down in 2016
with 10 years exp. vs 2015
 
Executive replied Aug 31
working in Africa up in 2016
with 10 years exp. vs 2015
 
Maintenance Engineer replied Aug 31
working in North America down in 2016
with 30 years exp. vs 2015
 
Human Resources replied Aug 31
working in North America up in 2016
with 8 years exp. vs 2015
 
Mechanic replied Aug 31
working in East & SE Asia down in 2016
with 12 years exp. vs 2015
 
Subsea Engineer replied Aug 31
working in East & SE Asia up in 2016
with 28 years exp. vs 2015
 
Civil Engineer replied Aug 31
working in North America up in 2016
with 30 years exp. vs 2015
 
Downhole Intervention replied Aug 31
working in Middle East down in 2016
with 10 years exp. vs 2015
 
Sales / Marketing replied Aug 31
working in Africa up in 2016
with 0 years exp. vs 2015
 
General / Other Eng. replied Aug 31
working in Europe up in 2016
with 30 years exp. vs 2015
 
Accounting / Finance replied Aug 31
working in Central Asia up in 2016
with 30 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.