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$103,191
Australia & Oceania$98,640
Central Asia$79,860
East & SE Asia$69,562
Europe$115,555
Middle East$79,092
North America$92,841
South America$87,702
South Asia$69,855
RegionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Africa$103,191from950 responsesacross87 jobs
Australia & Oceania$98,640from283 responsesacross68 jobs
Central Asia$79,860from242 responsesacross65 jobs
East & SE Asia$69,562from946 responsesacross81 jobs
Europe$115,555from1,110 responsesacross85 jobs
Middle East$79,092from1,940 responsesacross84 jobs
North America$92,841from1,973 responsesacross84 jobs
South America$87,702from458 responsesacross74 jobs
South Asia$69,855from270 responsesacross68 jobs


Compensation by Type of Position   Last 12 Months
Type of PositionAverage Compensation
Drilling$111,010
Engineering$87,485
Geoscience$108,456
HSE$85,033
Maritime$97,840
Mgmt/Support$94,037
Oilfield Service$78,465
Production$88,328
Trades$72,115
Type of PositionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Drilling$111,010from749 responsesacross10 jobs
Engineering$87,485from2,469 responsesacross18 jobs
Geoscience$108,456from415 responsesacross5 jobs
HSE$85,033from812 responsesacross6 jobs
Maritime$97,840from291 responsesacross9 jobs
Mgmt/Support$94,037from1,509 responsesacross9 jobs
Oilfield Service$78,465from752 responsesacross14 jobs
Production$88,328from473 responsesacross6 jobs
Trades$72,115from702 responsesacross10 jobs
  
Recent Trends
Up Safety Engineer
Avg Salary Up Less Than 5%
 
Up Mechanical Engineer
Avg Salary Up Less Than 5%
 
Up Executive
Avg Salary Up More Than 5%
 
Down Mechanical Engineer
Avg Salary Down Less Than 5%
 
Down Operations Manager
Avg Salary Down Less Than 5%
 
Up Electrical Engineer
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
Other HSE replied Feb 20
working in Australia & Oceania up in 2017
with 17 years exp. vs 2016
 
Executive replied Feb 20
working in Middle East up in 2017
with 15 years exp. vs 2016
 
Subsea Engineer replied Feb 20
working in Europe down in 2017
with 5 years exp. vs 2016
 
Rigger replied Feb 20
working in Europe down in 2017
with 7 years exp. vs 2016
 
Geoscientist replied Feb 19
working in Africa down in 2017
with 5 years exp. vs 2016
 
Offshore Worker replied Feb 19
working in Australia & Oceania up in 2017
with 30 years exp. vs 2016
 
Petroleum Engineer replied Feb 19
working in East & SE Asia up in 2017
with 13 years exp. vs 2016
 
Instrument Engineer replied Feb 19
working in Middle East up in 2017
with 30 years exp. vs 2016
 
Marine Surveyor replied Feb 19
working in North America up in 2017
with 22 years exp. vs 2016
 
Electrical Engineer replied Feb 19
working in South Asia up in 2017
with 20 years exp. vs 2016
 
Safety Engineer replied Feb 19
working in Middle East up in 2017
with 17 years exp. vs 2016
 
Heavy Lift / Pipelay replied Feb 19
working in Australia & Oceania down in 2017
with 18 years exp. vs 2016
 
Petroleum Engineer replied Feb 19
working in Middle East up in 2017
with 12 years exp. vs 2016
 
Diving replied Feb 19
working in Europe up in 2017
with 0 years exp. vs 2016
 
Well Control replied Feb 19
working in Middle East down in 2017
with 30 years exp. vs 2016
 
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.