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$103,080
Australia & Oceania$56,265
Central Asia$69,532
East & SE Asia$64,301
Europe$104,129
Middle East$74,583
North America$94,167
South America$92,732
South Asia$77,055
RegionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Africa$103,080from28 responsesacross19 jobs
Australia & Oceania$56,265from5 responsesacross4 jobs
Central Asia$69,532from8 responsesacross6 jobs
East & SE Asia$64,301from35 responsesacross24 jobs
Europe$104,129from36 responsesacross25 jobs
Middle East$74,583from76 responsesacross39 jobs
North America$94,167from61 responsesacross38 jobs
South America$92,732from25 responsesacross16 jobs
South Asia$77,055from8 responsesacross7 jobs


Compensation by Type of Position   Last 12 Months
Type of PositionAverage Compensation
Drilling$103,519
Engineering$83,936
Geoscience$84,426
HSE$75,651
Maritime$114,423
Mgmt/Support$85,820
Oilfield Service$73,565
Production$86,157
Trades$79,025
Type of PositionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Drilling$103,519from27 responsesacross7 jobs
Engineering$83,936from104 responsesacross17 jobs
Geoscience$84,426from11 responsesacross2 jobs
HSE$75,651from27 responsesacross4 jobs
Maritime$114,423from8 responsesacross3 jobs
Mgmt/Support$85,820from47 responsesacross9 jobs
Oilfield Service$73,565from21 responsesacross9 jobs
Production$86,157from22 responsesacross5 jobs
Trades$79,025from15 responsesacross5 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.