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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$102,372
Australia & Oceania$104,703
Central Asia$77,294
East & SE Asia$77,990
Europe$113,684
Middle East$75,813
North America$91,627
South America$86,709
South Asia$72,964
RegionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Africa$102,372from1,595 responsesacross92 jobs
Australia & Oceania$104,703from603 responsesacross83 jobs
Central Asia$77,294from397 responsesacross73 jobs
East & SE Asia$77,990from1,328 responsesacross87 jobs
Europe$113,684from1,478 responsesacross94 jobs
Middle East$75,813from2,686 responsesacross92 jobs
North America$91,627from4,475 responsesacross94 jobs
South America$86,709from842 responsesacross88 jobs
South Asia$72,964from405 responsesacross80 jobs


Compensation by Type of Position   Last 12 Months
Type of PositionAverage Compensation
Drilling$122,806
Engineering$85,736
Geoscience$101,922
HSE$84,818
Maritime$98,165
Mgmt/Support$92,150
Oilfield Service$81,298
Production$88,050
Trades$72,619
Type of PositionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Drilling$122,806from1,408 responsesacross12 jobs
Engineering$85,736from3,566 responsesacross18 jobs
Geoscience$101,922from535 responsesacross5 jobs
HSE$84,818from1,387 responsesacross7 jobs
Maritime$98,165from599 responsesacross11 jobs
Mgmt/Support$92,150from2,741 responsesacross9 jobs
Oilfield Service$81,298from1,275 responsesacross15 jobs
Production$88,050from790 responsesacross7 jobs
Trades$72,619from1,508 responsesacross10 jobs
  
Recent Trends
Down Directional Driller
Avg Salary Down Less Than 5%
 
Down Electrician
Avg Salary Down Less Than 5%
 
Down Subsea Engineer
Avg Salary Down More Than 5%
 
Down Other Trade
Avg Salary Down More Than 5%
 
Down Cementing
Avg Salary Down More Than 5%
 
Up Production Operator
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
Electrical Engineer replied Apr 25
working in Europe up in 2015
with 11 years exp. vs 2014
 
Electrical Engineer replied Apr 25
working in Europe up in 2015
with 11 years exp. vs 2014
 
Geoscientist replied Apr 24
working in Africa up in 2015
with 9 years exp. vs 2014
 
Mechanical Engineer replied Apr 24
working in Middle East up in 2015
with 3 years exp. vs 2014
 
Design Engineer replied Apr 24
working in East & SE Asia up in 2015
with 19 years exp. vs 2014
 
Operations Manager replied Apr 24
working in North America up in 2015
with 18 years exp. vs 2014
 
Offshore Worker replied Apr 24
working in Africa up in 2015
with 4 years exp. vs 2014
 
Process Engineer replied Apr 24
working in East & SE Asia up in 2015
with 3 years exp. vs 2014
 
Captain replied Apr 24
working in North America up in 2015
with 20 years exp. vs 2014
 
Other Trade replied Apr 24
working in North America down in 2015
with 12 years exp. vs 2014
 
Other HSE replied Apr 24
working in Middle East down in 2015
with 25 years exp. vs 2014
 
Drilling Engineer replied Apr 24
working in Middle East up in 2015
with 5 years exp. vs 2014
 
Mechanical Engineer replied Apr 24
working in North America up in 2015
with 5 years exp. vs 2014
 
Safety Officer replied Apr 24
working in Europe up in 2015
with 30 years exp. vs 2014
 
Accounting / Finance replied Apr 24
working in North America up in 2015
with 5 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.