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$101,672
Australia & Oceania$98,855
Central Asia$77,925
East & SE Asia$69,980
Europe$112,415
Middle East$77,888
North America$91,956
South America$86,104
South Asia$70,553
RegionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Africa$101,672from867 responsesacross84 jobs
Australia & Oceania$98,855from253 responsesacross68 jobs
Central Asia$77,925from232 responsesacross63 jobs
East & SE Asia$69,980from884 responsesacross80 jobs
Europe$112,415from1,017 responsesacross83 jobs
Middle East$77,888from1,883 responsesacross82 jobs
North America$91,956from1,899 responsesacross83 jobs
South America$86,104from430 responsesacross73 jobs
South Asia$70,553from246 responsesacross66 jobs


Compensation by Type of Position   Last 12 Months
Type of PositionAverage Compensation
Drilling$108,650
Engineering$85,378
Geoscience$108,331
HSE$84,665
Maritime$101,351
Mgmt/Support$92,355
Oilfield Service$77,637
Production$87,782
Trades$71,556
Type of PositionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Drilling$108,650from691 responsesacross10 jobs
Engineering$85,378from2,362 responsesacross18 jobs
Geoscience$108,331from376 responsesacross5 jobs
HSE$84,665from736 responsesacross6 jobs
Maritime$101,351from284 responsesacross8 jobs
Mgmt/Support$92,355from1,427 responsesacross9 jobs
Oilfield Service$77,637from738 responsesacross14 jobs
Production$87,782from428 responsesacross6 jobs
Trades$71,556from669 responsesacross10 jobs
  
Recent Trends
Down Process Engineer
Avg Salary Down More Than 5%
 
Down Drilling Consultant
Avg Salary Down More Than 5%
 
Down Petroleum Engineer
Avg Salary Down Less Than 5%
 
Down Sales / Marketing
Avg Salary Down Less Than 5%
 
Down Subsea Engineer
Avg Salary Down More Than 5%
 
Up Field Service Tech
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
Other Geotechnical replied Apr 29
working in North America up in 2017
with 7 years exp. vs 2016
 
Process Engineer replied Apr 29
working in North America up in 2017
with 23 years exp. vs 2016
 
Mechanic replied Apr 29
working in North America up in 2017
with 30 years exp. vs 2016
 
Foreman or Superintendent replied Apr 29
working in Middle East up in 2017
with 27 years exp. vs 2016
 
Field Service Tech replied Apr 29
working in North America up in 2017
with 9 years exp. vs 2016
 
Cementing replied Apr 29
working in Africa up in 2017
with 20 years exp. vs 2016
 
Production Engineer replied Apr 29
working in North America up in 2017
with 4 years exp. vs 2016
 
Pipe Inspection replied Apr 29
working in North America up in 2017
with 14 years exp. vs 2016
 
Safety Engineer replied Apr 29
working in East & SE Asia up in 2017
with 15 years exp. vs 2016
 
Instrument Engineer replied Apr 29
working in Europe up in 2017
with 30 years exp. vs 2016
 
Executive replied Apr 29
working in North America up in 2017
with 15 years exp. vs 2016
 
Petroleum Engineer replied Apr 29
working in Central Asia up in 2017
with 6 years exp. vs 2016
 
Other Backoffice replied Apr 29
working in South Asia up in 2017
with 5 years exp. vs 2016
 
Production Operator replied Apr 29
working in Middle East down in 2017
with 23 years exp. vs 2016
 
Maintenance Engineer replied Apr 29
working in Middle East up in 2017
with 21 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.