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$98,073
Australia & Oceania$93,813
Central Asia$66,354
East & SE Asia$73,048
Europe$110,809
Middle East$74,587
North America$94,289
South America$87,130
South Asia$69,460
RegionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Africa$98,073from673 responsesacross75 jobs
Australia & Oceania$93,813from167 responsesacross58 jobs
Central Asia$66,354from167 responsesacross57 jobs
East & SE Asia$73,048from589 responsesacross68 jobs
Europe$110,809from762 responsesacross75 jobs
Middle East$74,587from1,513 responsesacross75 jobs
North America$94,289from1,448 responsesacross78 jobs
South America$87,130from322 responsesacross66 jobs
South Asia$69,460from179 responsesacross49 jobs


Compensation by Type of Position   Last 12 Months
Type of PositionAverage Compensation
Drilling$109,684
Engineering$83,722
Geoscience$100,721
HSE$80,721
Maritime$106,068
Mgmt/Support$93,298
Oilfield Service$73,085
Production$87,652
Trades$73,527
Type of PositionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Drilling$109,684from595 responsesacross9 jobs
Engineering$83,722from1,877 responsesacross18 jobs
Geoscience$100,721from241 responsesacross4 jobs
HSE$80,721from549 responsesacross6 jobs
Maritime$106,068from174 responsesacross6 jobs
Mgmt/Support$93,298from1,077 responsesacross9 jobs
Oilfield Service$73,085from526 responsesacross13 jobs
Production$87,652from303 responsesacross5 jobs
Trades$73,527from478 responsesacross9 jobs
  
Recent Trends
Up Petroleum Engineer
Avg Salary Up Less Than 5%
 
Down Operations Manager
Avg Salary Down Less Than 5%
 
Up Accounting / Finance
Avg Salary Up Less Than 5%
 
Down Geologist
Avg Salary Down More Than 5%
 
Up Electrical Engineer
Avg Salary Up More Than 5%
 
Down General / Other Eng.
Avg Salary Down 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
Electrical Engineer replied Jan 19
working in Middle East up in 2018
with 16 years exp. vs 2017
 
Electrical Engineer replied Jan 19
working in Middle East up in 2018
with 16 years exp. vs 2017
 
Petroleum Engineer replied Jan 19
working in South America up in 2018
with 5 years exp. vs 2017
 
Captain replied Jan 19
working in Europe up in 2018
with 20 years exp. vs 2017
 
Other Trade replied Jan 19
working in North America up in 2018
with 15 years exp. vs 2017
 
Executive replied Jan 19
working in East & SE Asia up in 2018
with 23 years exp. vs 2017
 
General / Other Eng. replied Jan 19
working in North America up in 2018
with 30 years exp. vs 2017
 
Drilling Consultant replied Jan 18
working in North America up in 2018
with 25 years exp. vs 2017
 
Other Trade replied Jan 18
working in North America up in 2018
with 23 years exp. vs 2017
 
Reservoir Engineer replied Jan 18
working in North America up in 2018
with 12 years exp. vs 2017
 
Process Control replied Jan 18
working in North America up in 2018
with 30 years exp. vs 2017
 
Other HSE replied Jan 18
working in North America up in 2018
with 6 years exp. vs 2017
 
Instrument Engineer replied Jan 18
working in Europe up in 2018
with 30 years exp. vs 2017
 
Petroleum Engineer replied Jan 18
working in South America up in 2018
with 3 years exp. vs 2017
 
Human Resources replied Jan 18
working in Europe up in 2018
with 22 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.