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$99,804
Australia & Oceania$95,121
Central Asia$67,498
East & SE Asia$71,010
Europe$109,742
Middle East$76,584
North America$92,208
South America$88,204
South Asia$72,312
RegionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Africa$99,804from721 responsesacross77 jobs
Australia & Oceania$95,121from189 responsesacross60 jobs
Central Asia$67,498from184 responsesacross57 jobs
East & SE Asia$71,010from697 responsesacross72 jobs
Europe$109,742from836 responsesacross79 jobs
Middle East$76,584from1,666 responsesacross77 jobs
North America$92,208from1,612 responsesacross82 jobs
South America$88,204from365 responsesacross68 jobs
South Asia$72,312from206 responsesacross56 jobs


Compensation by Type of Position   Last 12 Months
Type of PositionAverage Compensation
Drilling$107,436
Engineering$84,303
Geoscience$107,460
HSE$80,740
Maritime$102,150
Mgmt/Support$91,150
Oilfield Service$74,839
Production$89,561
Trades$71,718
Type of PositionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Drilling$107,436from675 responsesacross9 jobs
Engineering$84,303from2,044 responsesacross18 jobs
Geoscience$107,460from279 responsesacross5 jobs
HSE$80,740from617 responsesacross6 jobs
Maritime$102,150from209 responsesacross6 jobs
Mgmt/Support$91,150from1,195 responsesacross9 jobs
Oilfield Service$74,839from607 responsesacross14 jobs
Production$89,561from315 responsesacross6 jobs
Trades$71,718from535 responsesacross10 jobs
  
Recent Trends
Up Drilling Engineer
Avg Salary Up Less Than 5%
 
Up Information Technology
Avg Salary Up More Than 5%
 
Down Toolpusher
Avg Salary Down More Than 5%
 
Up Reservoir Engineer
Avg Salary Up More Than 5%
 
Down Marine Engineer
Avg Salary Down Less Than 5%
 
Down General / Other Eng.
Avg Salary Down 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
Sales / Marketing replied Oct 17
working in North America up in 2017
with 19 years exp. vs 2016
 
MWD/LWD/Logging replied Oct 16
working in Middle East up in 2017
with 5 years exp. vs 2016
 
Operations Manager replied Oct 16
working in North America up in 2017
with 5 years exp. vs 2016
 
Operations Manager replied Oct 16
working in North America up in 2017
with 30 years exp. vs 2016
 
Onshore Worker replied Oct 16
working in Africa up in 2017
with 30 years exp. vs 2016
 
Foreman or Superintendent replied Oct 16
working in Central Asia down in 2017
with 20 years exp. vs 2016
 
Accounting / Finance replied Oct 16
working in North America up in 2017
with 10 years exp. vs 2016
 
Other Rig Worker replied Oct 16
working in Middle East down in 2017
with 30 years exp. vs 2016
 
Instrument Engineer replied Oct 16
working in Europe up in 2017
with 12 years exp. vs 2016
 
Geoscientist replied Oct 16
working in Europe up in 2017
with 9 years exp. vs 2016
 
Pipe Inspection replied Oct 16
working in North America up in 2017
with 30 years exp. vs 2016
 
Rig Manager replied Oct 16
working in Africa up in 2017
with 21 years exp. vs 2016
 
Rig Manager replied Oct 16
working in Africa up in 2017
with 21 years exp. vs 2016
 
Maintenance Engineer replied Oct 16
working in Middle East up in 2017
with 4 years exp. vs 2016
 
Other Backoffice replied Oct 16
working in Middle East up in 2017
with 10 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.