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$99,308
Australia & Oceania$93,782
Central Asia$66,189
East & SE Asia$71,327
Europe$110,945
Middle East$75,894
North America$93,311
South America$87,092
South Asia$71,615
RegionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Africa$99,308from678 responsesacross75 jobs
Australia & Oceania$93,782from171 responsesacross58 jobs
Central Asia$66,189from170 responsesacross56 jobs
East & SE Asia$71,327from617 responsesacross70 jobs
Europe$110,945from793 responsesacross77 jobs
Middle East$75,894from1,546 responsesacross76 jobs
North America$93,311from1,510 responsesacross80 jobs
South America$87,092from346 responsesacross68 jobs
South Asia$71,615from189 responsesacross52 jobs


Compensation by Type of Position   Last 12 Months
Type of PositionAverage Compensation
Drilling$109,388
Engineering$84,101
Geoscience$104,210
HSE$82,507
Maritime$104,014
Mgmt/Support$92,223
Oilfield Service$73,517
Production$89,174
Trades$72,109
Type of PositionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Drilling$109,388from617 responsesacross9 jobs
Engineering$84,101from1,921 responsesacross18 jobs
Geoscience$104,210from253 responsesacross4 jobs
HSE$82,507from593 responsesacross6 jobs
Maritime$104,014from190 responsesacross6 jobs
Mgmt/Support$92,223from1,101 responsesacross9 jobs
Oilfield Service$73,517from540 responsesacross14 jobs
Production$89,174from300 responsesacross6 jobs
Trades$72,109from505 responsesacross9 jobs
  
Recent Trends
Down Executive
Avg Salary Down More Than 5%
 
Up Other HSE
Avg Salary Up Less Than 5%
 
Down Safety Officer
Avg Salary Down More Than 5%
 
Up Accounting / Finance
Avg Salary Up Less Than 5%
 
Down Drilling Engineer
Avg Salary Down More Than 5%
 
Up Electrical Engineer
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
Sales / Marketing replied Dec 13
working in North America up in 2017
with 30 years exp. vs 2016
 
Other Backoffice replied Dec 13
working in East & SE Asia up in 2017
with 20 years exp. vs 2016
 
Mud Engineer replied Dec 13
working in Middle East up in 2017
with 18 years exp. vs 2016
 
Operations Manager replied Dec 13
working in North America up in 2017
with 30 years exp. vs 2016
 
Onshore Worker replied Dec 13
working in Europe down in 2017
with 12 years exp. vs 2016
 
Executive replied Dec 13
working in Europe up in 2017
with 21 years exp. vs 2016
 
Petroleum Engineer replied Dec 13
working in East & SE Asia down in 2017
with 0 years exp. vs 2016
 
Cementing replied Dec 13
working in East & SE Asia up in 2017
with 4 years exp. vs 2016
 
Electrician replied Dec 13
working in Europe down in 2017
with 6 years exp. vs 2016
 
Other Drilling Support replied Dec 13
working in Europe down in 2017
with 11 years exp. vs 2016
 
Instrument Engineer replied Dec 13
working in Europe up in 2017
with 25 years exp. vs 2016
 
Production Engineer replied Dec 13
working in Europe up in 2017
with 21 years exp. vs 2016
 
Accounting / Finance replied Dec 13
working in South Asia up in 2017
with 13 years exp. vs 2016
 
Petroleum Engineer replied Dec 13
working in North America up in 2017
with 0 years exp. vs 2016
 
Reservoir Engineer replied Dec 12
working in Europe up in 2017
with 5 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.