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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.
Filter year-by-year results by region:
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Compensation by Region   Last 12 Months
RegionAverage Compensation
Africa$100,721
Australia & Oceania$106,176
Central Asia$76,375
East & SE Asia$79,411
Europe$113,481
Middle East$76,241
North America$91,491
South America$86,320
South Asia$72,229
RegionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Africa$100,721from1,575 responsesacross91 jobs
Australia & Oceania$106,176from612 responsesacross82 jobs
Central Asia$76,375from435 responsesacross76 jobs
East & SE Asia$79,411from1,254 responsesacross87 jobs
Europe$113,481from1,338 responsesacross94 jobs
Middle East$76,241from2,629 responsesacross91 jobs
North America$91,491from4,681 responsesacross94 jobs
South America$86,320from859 responsesacross88 jobs
South Asia$72,229from443 responsesacross83 jobs


Compensation by Type of Position   Last 12 Months
Type of PositionAverage Compensation
Drilling$123,630
Engineering$85,088
Geoscience$99,784
HSE$83,584
Maritime$98,735
Mgmt/Support$91,459
Oilfield Service$82,018
Production$87,789
Trades$72,768
Type of PositionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Drilling$123,630from1,457 responsesacross12 jobs
Engineering$85,088from3,513 responsesacross18 jobs
Geoscience$99,784from532 responsesacross5 jobs
HSE$83,584from1,378 responsesacross7 jobs
Maritime$98,735from617 responsesacross11 jobs
Mgmt/Support$91,459from2,701 responsesacross9 jobs
Oilfield Service$82,018from1,281 responsesacross15 jobs
Production$87,789from799 responsesacross7 jobs
Trades$72,768from1,548 responsesacross10 jobs
  
Recent Trends
Down Elec. or Instr. Tech
Avg Salary Down More Than 5%
 
Up Maintenance Engineer
Avg Salary Up Less Than 5%
 
Up Structural Engineer
Avg Salary Up More Than 5%
 
Up Sales / Marketing
Avg Salary Up Less Than 5%
 
Down Reservoir Engineer
Avg Salary Down Less Than 5%
 
Up Design Engineer
Avg Salary Up 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
Human Resources replied Mar 30
working in Middle East up in 2015
with 7 years exp. vs 2014
 
Human Resources replied Mar 30
working in Middle East up in 2015
with 7 years exp. vs 2014
 
Human Resources replied Mar 30
working in Middle East up in 2015
with 7 years exp. vs 2014
 
Human Resources replied Mar 30
working in Middle East up in 2015
with 7 years exp. vs 2014
 
Human Resources replied Mar 30
working in Middle East up in 2015
with 7 years exp. vs 2014
 
Other HSE replied Mar 30
working in Europe up in 2015
with 10 years exp. vs 2014
 
Rig Clerk / Radioman / Storeman replied Mar 30
working in Europe up in 2015
with 5 years exp. vs 2014
 
Rigger replied Mar 30
working in Middle East up in 2015
with 17 years exp. vs 2014
 
Driller replied Mar 30
working in East & SE Asia up in 2015
with 2 years exp. vs 2014
 
Safety Officer replied Mar 29
working in Africa down in 2015
with 18 years exp. vs 2014
 
Safety Officer replied Mar 29
working in Africa down in 2015
with 18 years exp. vs 2014
 
Safety Officer replied Mar 29
working in Africa down in 2015
with 18 years exp. vs 2014
 
Safety Officer replied Mar 29
working in Africa down in 2015
with 18 years exp. vs 2014
 
Operations Manager replied Mar 29
working in Europe up in 2015
with 1 years exp. vs 2014
 
EMT / Paramedic replied Mar 29
working in Middle East up in 2015
with 6 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.