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$102,148
Australia & Oceania$104,188
Central Asia$77,468
East & SE Asia$77,878
Europe$113,141
Middle East$75,919
North America$91,810
South America$87,633
South Asia$72,496
RegionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Africa$102,148from1,584 responsesacross92 jobs
Australia & Oceania$104,188from600 responsesacross84 jobs
Central Asia$77,468from390 responsesacross73 jobs
East & SE Asia$77,878from1,349 responsesacross87 jobs
Europe$113,141from1,545 responsesacross94 jobs
Middle East$75,919from2,720 responsesacross92 jobs
North America$91,810from4,396 responsesacross94 jobs
South America$87,633from843 responsesacross88 jobs
South Asia$72,496from393 responsesacross79 jobs


Compensation by Type of Position   Last 12 Months
Type of PositionAverage Compensation
Drilling$123,699
Engineering$85,903
Geoscience$102,514
HSE$85,088
Maritime$98,377
Mgmt/Support$91,769
Oilfield Service$81,088
Production$88,011
Trades$72,494
Type of PositionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Drilling$123,699from1,404 responsesacross12 jobs
Engineering$85,903from3,624 responsesacross18 jobs
Geoscience$102,514from535 responsesacross5 jobs
HSE$85,088from1,380 responsesacross7 jobs
Maritime$98,377from593 responsesacross11 jobs
Mgmt/Support$91,769from2,729 responsesacross9 jobs
Oilfield Service$81,088from1,255 responsesacross15 jobs
Production$88,011from794 responsesacross7 jobs
Trades$72,494from1,506 responsesacross10 jobs
  
Recent Trends
Down Captain
Avg Salary Down Less Than 5%
 
Up Geoscientist
Avg Salary Up More Than 5%
 
Up Production Operator
Avg Salary Up Less Than 5%
 
Up Instrument Engineer
Avg Salary Up Less Than 5%
 
Down Drilling Consultant
Avg Salary Down Less Than 5%
 
Down Marine Engineer
Avg Salary Down 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
Geologist replied May 4
working in North America up in 2015
with 7 years exp. vs 2014
 
HVAC replied May 4
working in South Asia up in 2015
with 17 years exp. vs 2014
 
Accounting / Finance replied May 4
working in South America up in 2015
with 4 years exp. vs 2014
 
Mechanical Engineer replied May 4
working in Europe up in 2015
with 30 years exp. vs 2014
 
Field Service Tech replied May 4
working in Europe up in 2015
with 12 years exp. vs 2014
 
Rig Clerk / Radioman / Storeman replied May 4
working in Europe down in 2015
with 6 years exp. vs 2014
 
Other Geotechnical replied May 4
working in North America up in 2015
with 1 years exp. vs 2014
 
Operations Manager replied May 4
working in Middle East up in 2015
with 30 years exp. vs 2014
 
Pipeline Engineer replied May 4
working in East & SE Asia up in 2015
with 2 years exp. vs 2014
 
Safety Engineer replied May 4
working in Europe up in 2015
with 5 years exp. vs 2014
 
Maintenance Engineer replied May 4
working in Africa up in 2015
with 25 years exp. vs 2014
 
Other Backoffice replied May 4
working in East & SE Asia up in 2015
with 3 years exp. vs 2014
 
Executive replied May 4
working in East & SE Asia up in 2015
with 4 years exp. vs 2014
 
Drilling Consultant replied May 4
working in Africa up in 2015
with 30 years exp. vs 2014
 
Drilling Engineer replied May 4
working in Middle East up in 2015
with 12 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.