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$96,774
Australia & Oceania$92,965
Central Asia$69,938
East & SE Asia$74,217
Europe$109,042
Middle East$73,592
North America$94,213
South America$84,984
South Asia$65,674
RegionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Africa$96,774from624 responsesacross74 jobs
Australia & Oceania$92,965from136 responsesacross51 jobs
Central Asia$69,938from152 responsesacross54 jobs
East & SE Asia$74,217from522 responsesacross67 jobs
Europe$109,042from696 responsesacross70 jobs
Middle East$73,592from1,390 responsesacross71 jobs
North America$94,213from1,226 responsesacross77 jobs
South America$84,984from300 responsesacross63 jobs
South Asia$65,674from174 responsesacross50 jobs


Compensation by Type of Position   Last 12 Months
Type of PositionAverage Compensation
Drilling$110,653
Engineering$82,318
Geoscience$95,986
HSE$79,976
Maritime$104,859
Mgmt/Support$93,140
Oilfield Service$72,401
Production$85,075
Trades$73,347
Type of PositionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Drilling$110,653from547 responsesacross9 jobs
Engineering$82,318from1,682 responsesacross18 jobs
Geoscience$95,986from214 responsesacross4 jobs
HSE$79,976from530 responsesacross6 jobs
Maritime$104,859from140 responsesacross5 jobs
Mgmt/Support$93,140from960 responsesacross9 jobs
Oilfield Service$72,401from467 responsesacross12 jobs
Production$85,075from283 responsesacross5 jobs
Trades$73,347from397 responsesacross9 jobs
  
Recent Trends
Up Operations Manager
Avg Salary Up More Than 5%
 
Down Executive
Avg Salary Down More Than 5%
 
Down Geologist
Avg Salary Down Less Than 5%
 
Down Maintenance Engineer
Avg Salary Down More Than 5%
 
Up Safety Officer
Avg Salary Up More Than 5%
 
Up Instrument 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
Geoscientist replied Apr 26
working in Europe up in 2018
with 13 years exp. vs 2017
 
Safety Engineer replied Apr 26
working in Middle East up in 2018
with 10 years exp. vs 2017
 
Other HSE replied Apr 26
working in Middle East up in 2018
with 9 years exp. vs 2017
 
Maintenance Engineer replied Apr 26
working in Middle East up in 2018
with 14 years exp. vs 2017
 
Pipe Inspection replied Apr 26
working in East & SE Asia up in 2018
with 8 years exp. vs 2017
 
Instrument Engineer replied Apr 25
working in Europe down in 2018
with 22 years exp. vs 2017
 
Production Operator replied Apr 25
working in Europe up in 2018
with 5 years exp. vs 2017
 
Rig Manager replied Apr 25
working in Middle East up in 2018
with 30 years exp. vs 2017
 
Coil Tubing replied Apr 24
working in Europe down in 2018
with 21 years exp. vs 2017
 
Rig Manager replied Apr 24
working in Middle East down in 2018
with 8 years exp. vs 2017
 
Rig Clerk / Radioman / Storeman replied Apr 24
working in Africa up in 2018
with 10 years exp. vs 2017
 
Geologist replied Apr 24
working in North America up in 2018
with 0 years exp. vs 2017
 
Crane Operator replied Apr 24
working in East & SE Asia up in 2018
with 20 years exp. vs 2017
 
Pipe Inspection replied Apr 24
working in Africa up in 2018
with 10 years exp. vs 2017
 
Drilling Engineer replied Apr 23
working in South America up in 2018
with 30 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.