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$103,879
Australia & Oceania$101,874
Central Asia$75,687
East & SE Asia$75,787
Europe$115,525
Middle East$75,260
North America$92,891
South America$87,382
South Asia$70,031
RegionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Africa$103,879from1,530 responsesacross91 jobs
Australia & Oceania$101,874from565 responsesacross85 jobs
Central Asia$75,687from332 responsesacross68 jobs
East & SE Asia$75,787from1,343 responsesacross90 jobs
Europe$115,525from1,687 responsesacross94 jobs
Middle East$75,260from2,709 responsesacross92 jobs
North America$92,891from3,749 responsesacross94 jobs
South America$87,382from762 responsesacross88 jobs
South Asia$70,031from384 responsesacross75 jobs


Compensation by Type of Position   Last 12 Months
Type of PositionAverage Compensation
Drilling$124,634
Engineering$86,848
Geoscience$104,685
HSE$84,333
Maritime$97,470
Mgmt/Support$93,151
Oilfield Service$79,795
Production$87,051
Trades$72,764
Type of PositionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Drilling$124,634from1,280 responsesacross12 jobs
Engineering$86,848from3,614 responsesacross18 jobs
Geoscience$104,685from527 responsesacross5 jobs
HSE$84,333from1,253 responsesacross7 jobs
Maritime$97,470from566 responsesacross11 jobs
Mgmt/Support$93,151from2,544 responsesacross9 jobs
Oilfield Service$79,795from1,170 responsesacross15 jobs
Production$87,051from759 responsesacross7 jobs
Trades$72,764from1,348 responsesacross10 jobs
  
Recent Trends
Down Field Service Tech
Avg Salary Down More Than 5%
 
Down EMT / Paramedic
Avg Salary Down More Than 5%
 
Up Petroleum Engineer
Avg Salary Up Less Than 5%
 
Up Mechanical Engineer
Avg Salary Up More Than 5%
 
Down Geologist
Avg Salary Down Less Than 5%
 
Up Budget / Cost Control
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
Human Resources replied Jul 28
working in Europe down in 2015
with 8 years exp. vs 2014
 
Marine Engineer replied Jul 28
working in Middle East up in 2015
with 6 years exp. vs 2014
 
Elec. or Instr. Tech replied Jul 28
working in Europe up in 2015
with 7 years exp. vs 2014
 
Other Production Support replied Jul 28
working in Middle East down in 2015
with 15 years exp. vs 2014
 
Offshore Worker replied Jul 28
working in Africa up in 2015
with 25 years exp. vs 2014
 
Operations Manager replied Jul 28
working in Europe down in 2015
with 26 years exp. vs 2014
 
Rig Clerk / Radioman / Storeman replied Jul 28
working in Middle East up in 2015
with 4 years exp. vs 2014
 
Operations Manager replied Jul 28
working in Middle East up in 2015
with 18 years exp. vs 2014
 
Other Production Support replied Jul 28
working in North America up in 2015
with 30 years exp. vs 2014
 
Process Control replied Jul 28
working in Middle East up in 2015
with 14 years exp. vs 2014
 
Welder/Fitter replied Jul 28
working in Middle East up in 2015
with 3 years exp. vs 2014
 
Other HSE replied Jul 28
working in Europe up in 2015
with 10 years exp. vs 2014
 
Structural Engineer replied Jul 28
working in Europe up in 2015
with 30 years exp. vs 2014
 
Process Engineer replied Jul 28
working in Europe up in 2015
with 11 years exp. vs 2014
 
Process Engineer replied Jul 28
working in Europe up in 2015
with 11 years exp. vs 2014
 
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.