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$108,326
Australia & Oceania$98,977
Central Asia$75,745
East & SE Asia$73,139
Europe$119,707
Middle East$77,919
North America$95,479
South America$88,457
South Asia$68,176
RegionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Africa$108,326from1,198 responsesacross86 jobs
Australia & Oceania$98,977from372 responsesacross74 jobs
Central Asia$75,745from264 responsesacross67 jobs
East & SE Asia$73,139from1,127 responsesacross87 jobs
Europe$119,707from1,391 responsesacross89 jobs
Middle East$77,919from2,340 responsesacross90 jobs
North America$95,479from2,256 responsesacross92 jobs
South America$88,457from577 responsesacross83 jobs
South Asia$68,176from320 responsesacross67 jobs


Compensation by Type of Position   Last 12 Months
Type of PositionAverage Compensation
Drilling$116,596
Engineering$89,809
Geoscience$107,097
HSE$85,044
Maritime$96,576
Mgmt/Support$96,745
Oilfield Service$78,958
Production$90,214
Trades$75,545
Type of PositionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Drilling$116,596from878 responsesacross11 jobs
Engineering$89,809from2,943 responsesacross18 jobs
Geoscience$107,097from490 responsesacross5 jobs
HSE$85,044from969 responsesacross7 jobs
Maritime$96,576from402 responsesacross10 jobs
Mgmt/Support$96,745from1,868 responsesacross9 jobs
Oilfield Service$78,958from873 responsesacross15 jobs
Production$90,214from590 responsesacross7 jobs
Trades$75,545from832 responsesacross10 jobs
  
Recent Trends
Down Other Rig Worker
Avg Salary Down More Than 5%
 
Down Civil Engineer
Avg Salary Down More Than 5%
 
Up Offshore Worker
Avg Salary Up More Than 5%
 
Down Other Backoffice
Avg Salary Down More Than 5%
 
Down Reservoir Engineer
Avg Salary Down Less Than 5%
 
Down Foreman or Superintendent
Avg Salary Down 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
Offshore Worker replied May 25
working in North America down in 2016
with 30 years exp. vs 2015
 
Directional Driller replied May 25
working in Middle East up in 2016
with 15 years exp. vs 2015
 
Heavy Machinery Operator replied May 25
working in Europe up in 2016
with 14 years exp. vs 2015
 
Operations Manager replied May 25
working in Africa down in 2016
with 17 years exp. vs 2015
 
Other Backoffice replied May 25
working in Middle East up in 2016
with 2 years exp. vs 2015
 
Petroleum Engineer replied May 25
working in South America up in 2016
with 0 years exp. vs 2015
 
Operations Manager replied May 25
working in Europe down in 2016
with 26 years exp. vs 2015
 
Operations Manager replied May 25
working in East & SE Asia up in 2016
with 6 years exp. vs 2015
 
Human Resources replied May 25
working in Middle East up in 2016
with 9 years exp. vs 2015
 
Electrician replied May 25
working in Central Asia up in 2016
with 20 years exp. vs 2015
 
Electrical Engineer replied May 25
working in Africa up in 2016
with 24 years exp. vs 2015
 
Operations Manager replied May 24
working in East & SE Asia up in 2016
with 20 years exp. vs 2015
 
Operations Manager replied May 24
working in East & SE Asia up in 2016
with 24 years exp. vs 2015
 
Other HSE replied May 24
working in North America up in 2016
with 4 years exp. vs 2015
 
Subsea Engineer replied May 24
working in North America down in 2016
with 30 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.