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$93,553
Australia & Oceania$91,385
Central Asia$73,501
East & SE Asia$73,212
Europe$108,558
Middle East$73,998
North America$95,043
South America$86,839
South Asia$63,673
RegionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Africa$93,553from514 responsesacross72 jobs
Australia & Oceania$91,385from105 responsesacross44 jobs
Central Asia$73,501from121 responsesacross48 jobs
East & SE Asia$73,212from432 responsesacross64 jobs
Europe$108,558from591 responsesacross68 jobs
Middle East$73,998from1,171 responsesacross70 jobs
North America$95,043from993 responsesacross74 jobs
South America$86,839from244 responsesacross57 jobs
South Asia$63,673from135 responsesacross48 jobs


Compensation by Type of Position   Last 12 Months
Type of PositionAverage Compensation
Drilling$109,026
Engineering$82,688
Geoscience$93,937
HSE$80,483
Maritime$106,713
Mgmt/Support$91,605
Oilfield Service$73,309
Production$84,684
Trades$75,526
Type of PositionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Drilling$109,026from441 responsesacross9 jobs
Engineering$82,688from1,412 responsesacross18 jobs
Geoscience$93,937from179 responsesacross4 jobs
HSE$80,483from446 responsesacross6 jobs
Maritime$106,713from117 responsesacross5 jobs
Mgmt/Support$91,605from774 responsesacross9 jobs
Oilfield Service$73,309from368 responsesacross12 jobs
Production$84,684from250 responsesacross5 jobs
Trades$75,526from319 responsesacross7 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.