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$98,555
Australia & Oceania$94,206
Central Asia$66,591
East & SE Asia$73,621
Europe$108,752
Middle East$73,987
North America$94,490
South America$85,842
South Asia$65,766
RegionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Africa$98,555from671 responsesacross74 jobs
Australia & Oceania$94,206from148 responsesacross53 jobs
Central Asia$66,591from165 responsesacross54 jobs
East & SE Asia$73,621from551 responsesacross68 jobs
Europe$108,752from747 responsesacross74 jobs
Middle East$73,987from1,463 responsesacross74 jobs
North America$94,490from1,376 responsesacross78 jobs
South America$85,842from318 responsesacross64 jobs
South Asia$65,766from177 responsesacross49 jobs


Compensation by Type of Position   Last 12 Months
Type of PositionAverage Compensation
Drilling$111,069
Engineering$82,878
Geoscience$99,159
HSE$80,952
Maritime$109,332
Mgmt/Support$92,336
Oilfield Service$72,330
Production$86,881
Trades$73,653
Type of PositionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Drilling$111,069from581 responsesacross9 jobs
Engineering$82,878from1,807 responsesacross18 jobs
Geoscience$99,159from231 responsesacross4 jobs
HSE$80,952from542 responsesacross6 jobs
Maritime$109,332from154 responsesacross5 jobs
Mgmt/Support$92,336from1,037 responsesacross9 jobs
Oilfield Service$72,330from513 responsesacross13 jobs
Production$86,881from301 responsesacross5 jobs
Trades$73,653from450 responsesacross9 jobs
  
Recent Trends
Up Operations Manager
Avg Salary Up Less Than 5%
 
Up Mechanical Engineer
Avg Salary Up Less Than 5%
 
Up Other HSE
Avg Salary Up More Than 5%
 
Down Geologist
Avg Salary Down More Than 5%
 
Down Geologist
Avg Salary Down More Than 5%
 
Down Electrical Engineer
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
Driller replied Feb 23
working in Middle East up in 2018
with 12 years exp. vs 2017
 
Safety Engineer replied Feb 23
working in Africa up in 2018
with 10 years exp. vs 2017
 
Other HSE replied Feb 23
working in North America up in 2018
with 30 years exp. vs 2017
 
Process Engineer replied Feb 23
working in Africa up in 2018
with 5 years exp. vs 2017
 
Other Specialty replied Feb 23
working in Europe up in 2018
with 12 years exp. vs 2017
 
Onshore Worker replied Feb 23
working in Europe up in 2018
with 8 years exp. vs 2017
 
Geologist replied Feb 23
working in North America up in 2018
with 0 years exp. vs 2017
 
Pipe Inspection replied Feb 23
working in North America down in 2018
with 8 years exp. vs 2017
 
Other Specialty replied Feb 23
working in North America up in 2018
with 17 years exp. vs 2017
 
Safety Engineer replied Feb 23
working in Europe up in 2018
with 15 years exp. vs 2017
 
Foreman or Superintendent replied Feb 23
working in Middle East up in 2018
with 16 years exp. vs 2017
 
Accounting / Finance replied Feb 23
working in South Asia up in 2018
with 15 years exp. vs 2017
 
General / Other Eng. replied Feb 23
working in East & SE Asia up in 2018
with 6 years exp. vs 2017
 
Driller replied Feb 23
working in East & SE Asia up in 2018
with 14 years exp. vs 2017
 
Pipe Inspection replied Feb 22
working in North America up in 2018
with 6 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.