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$95,609
Australia & Oceania$91,796
Central Asia$77,732
East & SE Asia$73,745
Europe$109,866
Middle East$72,687
North America$96,369
South America$84,737
South Asia$65,441
RegionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Africa$95,609from349 responsesacross68 jobs
Australia & Oceania$91,796from69 responsesacross34 jobs
Central Asia$77,732from81 responsesacross39 jobs
East & SE Asia$73,745from288 responsesacross60 jobs
Europe$109,866from392 responsesacross66 jobs
Middle East$72,687from784 responsesacross67 jobs
North America$96,369from645 responsesacross71 jobs
South America$84,737from171 responsesacross50 jobs
South Asia$65,441from96 responsesacross43 jobs


Compensation by Type of Position   Last 12 Months
Type of PositionAverage Compensation
Drilling$110,664
Engineering$82,120
Geoscience$94,048
HSE$81,214
Maritime$108,899
Mgmt/Support$92,292
Oilfield Service$74,544
Production$83,829
Trades$74,006
Type of PositionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Drilling$110,664from291 responsesacross9 jobs
Engineering$82,120from946 responsesacross18 jobs
Geoscience$94,048from132 responsesacross3 jobs
HSE$81,214from294 responsesacross6 jobs
Maritime$108,899from84 responsesacross5 jobs
Mgmt/Support$92,292from530 responsesacross9 jobs
Oilfield Service$74,544from227 responsesacross10 jobs
Production$83,829from163 responsesacross5 jobs
Trades$74,006from208 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.