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$103,094
Australia & Oceania$102,740
Central Asia$75,177
East & SE Asia$76,633
Europe$115,070
Middle East$75,097
North America$92,546
South America$87,264
South Asia$70,429
RegionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Africa$103,094from1,574 responsesacross91 jobs
Australia & Oceania$102,740from579 responsesacross85 jobs
Central Asia$75,177from351 responsesacross69 jobs
East & SE Asia$76,633from1,353 responsesacross90 jobs
Europe$115,070from1,680 responsesacross93 jobs
Middle East$75,097from2,721 responsesacross92 jobs
North America$92,546from3,907 responsesacross94 jobs
South America$87,264from781 responsesacross88 jobs
South Asia$70,429from380 responsesacross76 jobs


Compensation by Type of Position   Last 12 Months
Type of PositionAverage Compensation
Drilling$124,258
Engineering$86,522
Geoscience$104,168
HSE$84,743
Maritime$96,915
Mgmt/Support$92,774
Oilfield Service$80,155
Production$87,241
Trades$72,299
Type of PositionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Drilling$124,258from1,327 responsesacross12 jobs
Engineering$86,522from3,665 responsesacross18 jobs
Geoscience$104,168from543 responsesacross5 jobs
HSE$84,743from1,278 responsesacross7 jobs
Maritime$96,915from574 responsesacross11 jobs
Mgmt/Support$92,774from2,600 responsesacross9 jobs
Oilfield Service$80,155from1,204 responsesacross15 jobs
Production$87,241from764 responsesacross7 jobs
Trades$72,299from1,371 responsesacross10 jobs
  
Recent Trends
Down Human Resources
Avg Salary Down Less Than 5%
 
Down Production Engineer
Avg Salary Down More Than 5%
 
Down Pipe Inspection
Avg Salary Down More Than 5%
 
Up Design Engineer
Avg Salary Up Less Than 5%
 
Up Structural Engineer
Avg Salary Up More Than 5%
 
Up Executive
Avg Salary Up 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
Drilling Consultant replied Jul 3
working in North America up in 2015
with 25 years exp. vs 2014
 
Crane Operator replied Jul 3
working in Europe down in 2015
with 4 years exp. vs 2014
 
Geologist replied Jul 3
working in Middle East up in 2015
with 0 years exp. vs 2014
 
Other HSE replied Jul 3
working in Africa up in 2015
with 2 years exp. vs 2014
 
Field Service Tech replied Jul 3
working in North America up in 2015
with 10 years exp. vs 2014
 
Mud Engineer replied Jul 3
working in Middle East up in 2015
with 30 years exp. vs 2014
 
Mud Engineer replied Jul 3
working in Middle East up in 2015
with 30 years exp. vs 2014
 
Mud Engineer replied Jul 3
working in Middle East up in 2015
with 30 years exp. vs 2014
 
Mud Engineer replied Jul 3
working in Middle East up in 2015
with 30 years exp. vs 2014
 
Mud Engineer replied Jul 3
working in Middle East up in 2015
with 30 years exp. vs 2014
 
Mud Engineer replied Jul 3
working in Middle East up in 2015
with 30 years exp. vs 2014
 
Mud Engineer replied Jul 3
working in Middle East up in 2015
with 30 years exp. vs 2014
 
Mud Engineer replied Jul 3
working in Middle East up in 2015
with 30 years exp. vs 2014
 
Mud Engineer replied Jul 3
working in Middle East up in 2015
with 30 years exp. vs 2014
 
Mud Engineer replied Jul 3
working in Middle East up in 2015
with 30 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.