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$103,141
Australia & Oceania$98,524
Central Asia$80,389
East & SE Asia$69,288
Europe$115,939
Middle East$78,761
North America$92,862
South America$87,221
South Asia$70,269
RegionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Africa$103,141from938 responsesacross87 jobs
Australia & Oceania$98,524from286 responsesacross68 jobs
Central Asia$80,389from240 responsesacross65 jobs
East & SE Asia$69,288from946 responsesacross81 jobs
Europe$115,939from1,103 responsesacross85 jobs
Middle East$78,761from1,943 responsesacross84 jobs
North America$92,862from1,977 responsesacross84 jobs
South America$87,221from454 responsesacross74 jobs
South Asia$70,269from273 responsesacross68 jobs


Compensation by Type of Position   Last 12 Months
Type of PositionAverage Compensation
Drilling$110,453
Engineering$87,153
Geoscience$108,167
HSE$85,126
Maritime$98,190
Mgmt/Support$94,152
Oilfield Service$78,596
Production$88,659
Trades$72,074
Type of PositionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Drilling$110,453from750 responsesacross10 jobs
Engineering$87,153from2,471 responsesacross18 jobs
Geoscience$108,167from411 responsesacross5 jobs
HSE$85,126from813 responsesacross6 jobs
Maritime$98,190from289 responsesacross9 jobs
Mgmt/Support$94,152from1,505 responsesacross9 jobs
Oilfield Service$78,596from756 responsesacross14 jobs
Production$88,659from466 responsesacross6 jobs
Trades$72,074from699 responsesacross10 jobs
  
Recent Trends
Down General / Other Eng.
Avg Salary Down Less Than 5%
 
Down Mechanic
Avg Salary Down Less Than 5%
 
Down Other Trade
Avg Salary Down Less Than 5%
 
Up Operations Manager
Avg Salary Up Less Than 5%
 
Up Maintenance Engineer
Avg Salary Up Less Than 5%
 
Up Executive
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
Rig Manager replied Feb 25
working in North America up in 2017
with 25 years exp. vs 2016
 
Rig Manager replied Feb 25
working in North America up in 2017
with 25 years exp. vs 2016
 
Marine Engineer replied Feb 25
working in East & SE Asia up in 2017
with 9 years exp. vs 2016
 
Instrument Engineer replied Feb 25
working in Middle East up in 2017
with 0 years exp. vs 2016
 
Instrument Engineer replied Feb 25
working in Europe up in 2017
with 14 years exp. vs 2016
 
Driller replied Feb 25
working in Africa up in 2017
with 16 years exp. vs 2016
 
Mechanical Engineer replied Feb 25
working in Africa up in 2017
with 30 years exp. vs 2016
 
Elec. or Instr. Tech replied Feb 24
working in Europe up in 2017
with 8 years exp. vs 2016
 
Budget / Cost Control replied Feb 24
working in Middle East up in 2017
with 11 years exp. vs 2016
 
Dynamic Position Officer replied Feb 24
working in North America up in 2017
with 16 years exp. vs 2016
 
Operations Manager replied Feb 24
working in Australia & Oceania up in 2017
with 20 years exp. vs 2016
 
Captain replied Feb 24
working in North America up in 2017
with 20 years exp. vs 2016
 
EMT / Paramedic replied Feb 24
working in East & SE Asia up in 2017
with 8 years exp. vs 2016
 
Toolpusher replied Feb 24
working in South Asia up in 2017
with 12 years exp. vs 2016
 
Electrical Engineer replied Feb 24
working in Europe up in 2017
with 13 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.