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$102,430
Australia & Oceania$96,508
Central Asia$73,829
East & SE Asia$69,683
Europe$111,728
Middle East$76,588
North America$91,528
South America$87,024
South Asia$72,735
RegionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Africa$102,430from801 responsesacross84 jobs
Australia & Oceania$96,508from235 responsesacross65 jobs
Central Asia$73,829from208 responsesacross60 jobs
East & SE Asia$69,683from809 responsesacross77 jobs
Europe$111,728from917 responsesacross83 jobs
Middle East$76,588from1,777 responsesacross80 jobs
North America$91,528from1,784 responsesacross83 jobs
South America$87,024from411 responsesacross73 jobs
South Asia$72,735from235 responsesacross59 jobs


Compensation by Type of Position   Last 12 Months
Type of PositionAverage Compensation
Drilling$109,349
Engineering$84,249
Geoscience$107,826
HSE$83,409
Maritime$103,027
Mgmt/Support$92,076
Oilfield Service$75,549
Production$87,101
Trades$70,707
Type of PositionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Drilling$109,349from671 responsesacross9 jobs
Engineering$84,249from2,192 responsesacross18 jobs
Geoscience$107,826from338 responsesacross5 jobs
HSE$83,409from675 responsesacross6 jobs
Maritime$103,027from259 responsesacross8 jobs
Mgmt/Support$92,076from1,356 responsesacross9 jobs
Oilfield Service$75,549from691 responsesacross14 jobs
Production$87,101from382 responsesacross6 jobs
Trades$70,707from613 responsesacross10 jobs
  
Recent Trends
Down Maintenance Engineer
Avg Salary Down More Than 5%
 
Down Marine Engineer
Avg Salary Down More Than 5%
 
Down Other HSE
Avg Salary Down More Than 5%
 
Up Electrical Engineer
Avg Salary Up More Than 5%
 
Down Other Backoffice
Avg Salary Down More Than 5%
 
Up Civil 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
Environmental Engineer replied Jun 27
working in North America down in 2017
with 12 years exp. vs 2016
 
Environmental Engineer replied Jun 27
working in Central Asia up in 2017
with 16 years exp. vs 2016
 
Geologist replied Jun 27
working in Central Asia up in 2017
with 8 years exp. vs 2016
 
Civil Engineer replied Jun 27
working in East & SE Asia up in 2017
with 14 years exp. vs 2016
 
Process Engineer replied Jun 27
working in North America up in 2017
with 11 years exp. vs 2016
 
Safety Engineer replied Jun 27
working in Middle East up in 2017
with 1 years exp. vs 2016
 
Other Backoffice replied Jun 27
working in Middle East up in 2017
with 9 years exp. vs 2016
 
General / Other Eng. replied Jun 27
working in Europe up in 2017
with 25 years exp. vs 2016
 
Mechanical Engineer replied Jun 27
working in Middle East up in 2017
with 6 years exp. vs 2016
 
Information Technology replied Jun 27
working in North America up in 2017
with 25 years exp. vs 2016
 
Human Resources replied Jun 27
working in Australia & Oceania up in 2017
with 2 years exp. vs 2016
 
Instrument Engineer replied Jun 27
working in Middle East up in 2017
with 30 years exp. vs 2016
 
Safety Officer replied Jun 26
working in East & SE Asia down in 2017
with 3 years exp. vs 2016
 
Maintenance Engineer replied Jun 26
working in South America down in 2017
with 30 years exp. vs 2016
 
Process Engineer replied Jun 26
working in Europe up in 2017
with 15 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.