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$105,036
Australia & Oceania$99,700
Central Asia$73,268
East & SE Asia$74,987
Europe$116,140
Middle East$76,094
North America$92,983
South America$89,293
South Asia$70,523
RegionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Africa$105,036from1,454 responsesacross91 jobs
Australia & Oceania$99,700from548 responsesacross85 jobs
Central Asia$73,268from302 responsesacross70 jobs
East & SE Asia$74,987from1,307 responsesacross90 jobs
Europe$116,140from1,696 responsesacross94 jobs
Middle East$76,094from2,675 responsesacross92 jobs
North America$92,983from3,454 responsesacross94 jobs
South America$89,293from737 responsesacross90 jobs
South Asia$70,523from369 responsesacross75 jobs


Compensation by Type of Position   Last 12 Months
Type of PositionAverage Compensation
Drilling$124,476
Engineering$87,139
Geoscience$104,061
HSE$84,743
Maritime$96,098
Mgmt/Support$93,789
Oilfield Service$79,599
Production$87,896
Trades$73,032
Type of PositionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Drilling$124,476from1,233 responsesacross12 jobs
Engineering$87,139from3,493 responsesacross18 jobs
Geoscience$104,061from542 responsesacross5 jobs
HSE$84,743from1,190 responsesacross7 jobs
Maritime$96,098from556 responsesacross11 jobs
Mgmt/Support$93,789from2,430 responsesacross9 jobs
Oilfield Service$79,599from1,129 responsesacross15 jobs
Production$87,896from734 responsesacross7 jobs
Trades$73,032from1,235 responsesacross10 jobs
  
Recent Trends
Up Instrument Engineer
Avg Salary Up More Than 5%
 
Up Subsea Engineer
Avg Salary Up More Than 5%
 
Down Drilling Consultant
Avg Salary Down More Than 5%
 
Down Production Engineer
Avg Salary Down More Than 5%
 
Up Ships Engineer
Avg Salary Up More Than 5%
 
Up Budget / Cost Control
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
General / Other Eng. replied Aug 31
working in North America up in 2015
with 15 years exp. vs 2014
 
Process Engineer replied Aug 31
working in North America up in 2015
with 3 years exp. vs 2014
 
Cementing replied Aug 31
working in Middle East down in 2015
with 18 years exp. vs 2014
 
Cementing replied Aug 31
working in Middle East down in 2015
with 18 years exp. vs 2014
 
Cementing replied Aug 31
working in Middle East down in 2015
with 18 years exp. vs 2014
 
Cementing replied Aug 31
working in Middle East down in 2015
with 18 years exp. vs 2014
 
Drilling Consultant replied Aug 31
working in North America up in 2015
with 14 years exp. vs 2014
 
Offshore Worker replied Aug 31
working in East & SE Asia up in 2015
with 22 years exp. vs 2014
 
A B Seaman replied Aug 31
working in North America up in 2015
with 4 years exp. vs 2014
 
Executive replied Aug 31
working in Europe down in 2015
with 15 years exp. vs 2014
 
Driller replied Aug 31
working in Middle East up in 2015
with 16 years exp. vs 2014
 
Driller replied Aug 31
working in Middle East up in 2015
with 16 years exp. vs 2014
 
Driller replied Aug 31
working in Middle East up in 2015
with 16 years exp. vs 2014
 
Mechanical Engineer replied Aug 31
working in Africa up in 2015
with 5 years exp. vs 2014
 
Rig Clerk / Radioman / Storeman replied Aug 31
working in Middle East up in 2015
with 2 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.