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$109,044
Australia & Oceania$98,978
Central Asia$74,118
East & SE Asia$72,106
Europe$119,901
Middle East$77,366
North America$95,542
South America$89,513
South Asia$67,895
RegionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Africa$109,044from1,240 responsesacross88 jobs
Australia & Oceania$98,978from403 responsesacross82 jobs
Central Asia$74,118from267 responsesacross66 jobs
East & SE Asia$72,106from1,158 responsesacross88 jobs
Europe$119,901from1,483 responsesacross89 jobs
Middle East$77,366from2,412 responsesacross90 jobs
North America$95,542from2,346 responsesacross92 jobs
South America$89,513from604 responsesacross84 jobs
South Asia$67,895from328 responsesacross68 jobs


Compensation by Type of Position   Last 12 Months
Type of PositionAverage Compensation
Drilling$118,547
Engineering$89,622
Geoscience$107,517
HSE$85,679
Maritime$96,791
Mgmt/Support$96,244
Oilfield Service$79,217
Production$89,101
Trades$75,872
Type of PositionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Drilling$118,547from890 responsesacross12 jobs
Engineering$89,622from3,062 responsesacross18 jobs
Geoscience$107,517from511 responsesacross5 jobs
HSE$85,679from995 responsesacross7 jobs
Maritime$96,791from418 responsesacross10 jobs
Mgmt/Support$96,244from1,979 responsesacross9 jobs
Oilfield Service$79,217from891 responsesacross15 jobs
Production$89,101from622 responsesacross7 jobs
Trades$75,872from873 responsesacross10 jobs
  
Recent Trends
Up Electrician
Avg Salary Up Less Than 5%
 
Up Other HSE
Avg Salary Up More Than 5%
 
Up Crane Operator
Avg Salary Up Less Than 5%
 
Down Corrosion Engineer
Avg Salary Down Less Than 5%
 
Down Drilling Engineer
Avg Salary Down Less Than 5%
 
Up Information Technology
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
Geologist replied Apr 30
working in North America up in 2016
with 22 years exp. vs 2015
 
Foreman or Superintendent replied Apr 30
working in North America down in 2016
with 28 years exp. vs 2015
 
Production Operator replied Apr 30
working in Europe up in 2016
with 13 years exp. vs 2015
 
Cementing replied Apr 30
working in Middle East up in 2016
with 22 years exp. vs 2015
 
General / Other Eng. replied Apr 30
working in Africa up in 2016
with 14 years exp. vs 2015
 
General / Other Eng. replied Apr 30
working in Middle East down in 2016
with 30 years exp. vs 2015
 
Crane Operator replied Apr 30
working in Europe up in 2016
with 13 years exp. vs 2015
 
Field Service Tech replied Apr 30
working in Africa up in 2016
with 19 years exp. vs 2015
 
Electrical Engineer replied Apr 30
working in Middle East up in 2016
with 16 years exp. vs 2015
 
Geologist replied Apr 30
working in Middle East up in 2016
with 25 years exp. vs 2015
 
Electrical Engineer replied Apr 30
working in Australia & Oceania up in 2016
with 10 years exp. vs 2015
 
EMT / Paramedic replied Apr 30
working in Europe up in 2016
with 8 years exp. vs 2015
 
Operations Manager replied Apr 30
working in Middle East up in 2016
with 15 years exp. vs 2015
 
Information Technology replied Apr 30
working in Africa up in 2016
with 10 years exp. vs 2015
 
Safety Officer replied Apr 30
working in Middle East up in 2016
with 10 years exp. vs 2015
 
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.