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$98,277
Australia & Oceania$94,143
Central Asia$66,557
East & SE Asia$72,821
Europe$111,499
Middle East$74,510
North America$94,274
South America$87,171
South Asia$69,434
RegionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Africa$98,277from675 responsesacross75 jobs
Australia & Oceania$94,143from166 responsesacross58 jobs
Central Asia$66,557from168 responsesacross57 jobs
East & SE Asia$72,821from591 responsesacross68 jobs
Europe$111,499from766 responsesacross75 jobs
Middle East$74,510from1,523 responsesacross75 jobs
North America$94,274from1,452 responsesacross78 jobs
South America$87,171from323 responsesacross66 jobs
South Asia$69,434from181 responsesacross49 jobs


Compensation by Type of Position   Last 12 Months
Type of PositionAverage Compensation
Drilling$109,149
Engineering$83,801
Geoscience$102,764
HSE$81,078
Maritime$105,957
Mgmt/Support$93,288
Oilfield Service$72,896
Production$87,519
Trades$73,451
Type of PositionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Drilling$109,149from599 responsesacross9 jobs
Engineering$83,801from1,888 responsesacross18 jobs
Geoscience$102,764from244 responsesacross4 jobs
HSE$81,078from551 responsesacross6 jobs
Maritime$105,957from175 responsesacross6 jobs
Mgmt/Support$93,288from1,077 responsesacross9 jobs
Oilfield Service$72,896from529 responsesacross13 jobs
Production$87,519from307 responsesacross5 jobs
Trades$73,451from475 responsesacross9 jobs
  
Recent Trends
Down General / Other Eng.
Avg Salary Down More Than 5%
 
Up Petroleum Engineer
Avg Salary Up Less Than 5%
 
Up Marine Engineer
Avg Salary Up More Than 5%
 
Down Operations Manager
Avg Salary Down Less Than 5%
 
Up Safety Engineer
Avg Salary Up More Than 5%
 
Down Geologist
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
Operations Manager replied Jan 17
working in North America up in 2018
with 13 years exp. vs 2017
 
Accounting / Finance replied Jan 17
working in Europe up in 2018
with 10 years exp. vs 2017
 
Safety Officer replied Jan 17
working in Africa up in 2018
with 10 years exp. vs 2017
 
Downhole Intervention replied Jan 17
working in South America up in 2018
with 12 years exp. vs 2017
 
Electrical Engineer replied Jan 17
working in Middle East up in 2018
with 11 years exp. vs 2017
 
Other Backoffice replied Jan 17
working in North America up in 2018
with 25 years exp. vs 2017
 
Drilling Consultant replied Jan 17
working in Middle East up in 2018
with 16 years exp. vs 2017
 
Executive replied Jan 16
working in North America up in 2018
with 25 years exp. vs 2017
 
Offshore Worker replied Jan 16
working in North America up in 2018
with 0 years exp. vs 2017
 
Executive replied Jan 16
working in South America up in 2018
with 28 years exp. vs 2017
 
Safety Engineer replied Jan 16
working in North America up in 2018
with 12 years exp. vs 2017
 
Geoscientist replied Jan 16
working in Middle East up in 2018
with 13 years exp. vs 2017
 
Crane Operator replied Jan 16
working in Africa down in 2018
with 7 years exp. vs 2017
 
Process Control replied Jan 16
working in East & SE Asia up in 2018
with 11 years exp. vs 2017
 
Elec. or Instr. Tech replied Jan 16
working in Europe up in 2018
with 18 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.