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.
Filter year-by-year results by region:
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Compensation by Region   Last 12 Months
RegionAverage Compensation
Africa$96,833
Australia & Oceania$83,834
Central Asia$80,076
East & SE Asia$76,046
Europe$103,730
Middle East$75,385
North America$96,381
South America$86,658
South Asia$64,362
RegionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Africa$96,833from181 responsesacross59 jobs
Australia & Oceania$83,834from29 responsesacross20 jobs
Central Asia$80,076from46 responsesacross30 jobs
East & SE Asia$76,046from159 responsesacross50 jobs
Europe$103,730from214 responsesacross58 jobs
Middle East$75,385from427 responsesacross64 jobs
North America$96,381from335 responsesacross67 jobs
South America$86,658from97 responsesacross37 jobs
South Asia$64,362from58 responsesacross30 jobs


Compensation by Type of Position   Last 12 Months
Type of PositionAverage Compensation
Drilling$111,110
Engineering$82,614
Geoscience$98,534
HSE$78,456
Maritime$107,036
Mgmt/Support$90,423
Oilfield Service$76,958
Production$84,931
Trades$72,649
Type of PositionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Drilling$111,110from169 responsesacross9 jobs
Engineering$82,614from506 responsesacross18 jobs
Geoscience$98,534from62 responsesacross2 jobs
HSE$78,456from158 responsesacross5 jobs
Maritime$107,036from41 responsesacross5 jobs
Mgmt/Support$90,423from286 responsesacross9 jobs
Oilfield Service$76,958from129 responsesacross10 jobs
Production$84,931from91 responsesacross5 jobs
Trades$72,649from104 responsesacross6 jobs
  
Recent Trends
Changes calculated based on salary data submitted in last 90 days versus all previous year salaries for that job title.
Recent Results
Crane Operator replied May 17
working in North America up in 2018
with 16 years exp. vs 2017
 
Driller replied May 17
working in Africa up in 2018
with 14 years exp. vs 2017
 
Driller replied May 17
working in Africa up in 2018
with 14 years exp. vs 2017
 
Operations Manager replied May 17
working in Middle East up in 2018
with 25 years exp. vs 2017
 
Geologist replied May 17
working in Central Asia up in 2018
with 15 years exp. vs 2017
 
Electrical Engineer replied May 17
working in South Asia up in 2018
with 21 years exp. vs 2017
 
Safety Officer replied May 17
working in Australia & Oceania up in 2018
with 2 years exp. vs 2017
 
Safety Engineer replied May 17
working in East & SE Asia up in 2018
with 5 years exp. vs 2017
 
Other HSE replied May 17
working in East & SE Asia up in 2018
with 5 years exp. vs 2017
 
General / Other Eng. replied May 16
working in East & SE Asia up in 2018
with 12 years exp. vs 2017
 
Mud Engineer replied May 16
working in North America up in 2018
with 12 years exp. vs 2017
 
Geologist replied May 16
working in North America down in 2018
with 0 years exp. vs 2017
 
Other Trade replied May 16
working in North America up in 2018
with 6 years exp. vs 2017
 
Safety Officer replied May 16
working in Middle East up in 2018
with 14 years exp. vs 2017
 
Other HSE replied May 16
working in Europe up in 2018
with 17 years exp. vs 2017
 
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.