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.

  take the survey
take the survey view results view sample email buy the full report
View results in the currency of your choice by selecting from this list:
Oil & Gas Industry Compensation Trends
The graph below shows the average compensation for all respondents each year.
Filter year-by-year results by region:
$104k
$89k
$88k
$91k
$95k
$98k
$92k
$86k
$80k
$74k
$68k 2013201420152016
Compensation by Region   Last 12 Months
RegionAverage Compensation
Africa$108,719
Australia & Oceania$98,963
Central Asia$72,509
East & SE Asia$72,066
Europe$117,778
Middle East$75,639
North America$94,557
South America$90,449
South Asia$66,836
RegionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Africa$108,719from1,348 responsesacross89 jobs
Australia & Oceania$98,963from467 responsesacross86 jobs
Central Asia$72,509from275 responsesacross66 jobs
East & SE Asia$72,066from1,208 responsesacross88 jobs
Europe$117,778from1,663 responsesacross90 jobs
Middle East$75,639from2,656 responsesacross90 jobs
North America$94,557from2,640 responsesacross93 jobs
South America$90,449from661 responsesacross84 jobs
South Asia$66,836from339 responsesacross71 jobs


Compensation by Type of Position   Last 12 Months
Type of PositionAverage Compensation
Drilling$121,953
Engineering$87,968
Geoscience$106,595
HSE$86,081
Maritime$96,541
Mgmt/Support$95,893
Oilfield Service$78,202
Production$89,212
Trades$74,463
Type of PositionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Drilling$121,953from928 responsesacross12 jobs
Engineering$87,968from3,335 responsesacross18 jobs
Geoscience$106,595from528 responsesacross5 jobs
HSE$86,081from1,072 responsesacross7 jobs
Maritime$96,541from470 responsesacross10 jobs
Mgmt/Support$95,893from2,223 responsesacross9 jobs
Oilfield Service$78,202from1,039 responsesacross15 jobs
Production$89,212from674 responsesacross7 jobs
Trades$74,463from988 responsesacross10 jobs
  
Recent Trends
Up Field Service Tech
Avg Salary Up More Than 5%
 
Up Other HSE
Avg Salary Up Less Than 5%
 
Up Chemical Engineer
Avg Salary Up More Than 5%
 
Down Executive
Avg Salary Down More Than 5%
 
Down Operations Manager
Avg Salary Down More Than 5%
 
Up Instrument Engineer
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
Other Marine Support replied Feb 9
working in Africa up in 2016
with 30 years exp. vs 2015
 
Heavy Machinery Operator replied Feb 9
working in North America down in 2016
with 13 years exp. vs 2015
 
Corrosion Engineer replied Feb 9
working in Middle East up in 2016
with 7 years exp. vs 2015
 
Corrosion Engineer replied Feb 9
working in Middle East up in 2016
with 3 years exp. vs 2015
 
Safety Engineer replied Feb 9
working in East & SE Asia up in 2016
with 15 years exp. vs 2015
 
Other HSE replied Feb 9
working in Australia & Oceania up in 2016
with 5 years exp. vs 2015
 
Foreman or Superintendent replied Feb 9
working in East & SE Asia up in 2016
with 13 years exp. vs 2015
 
Field Service Tech replied Feb 9
working in North America up in 2016
with 2 years exp. vs 2015
 
Other HSE replied Feb 9
working in North America up in 2016
with 17 years exp. vs 2015
 
Mechanic replied Feb 9
working in East & SE Asia up in 2016
with 27 years exp. vs 2015
 
Drilling Engineer replied Feb 9
working in North America up in 2016
with 3 years exp. vs 2015
 
Mechanical Engineer replied Feb 9
working in Europe up in 2016
with 28 years exp. vs 2015
 
Maintenance Engineer replied Feb 9
working in North America up in 2016
with 25 years exp. vs 2015
 
Toolpusher replied Feb 9
working in East & SE Asia up in 2016
with 16 years exp. vs 2015
 
Driller replied Feb 9
working in South Asia up in 2016
with 22 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.