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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$103,643
Australia & Oceania$105,095
Central Asia$78,064
East & SE Asia$89,133
Europe$114,566
Middle East$77,216
North America$90,465
South America$87,033
South Asia$71,509
RegionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Africa$103,643from1,905 responsesacross92 jobs
Australia & Oceania$105,095from821 responsesacross86 jobs
Central Asia$78,064from700 responsesacross87 jobs
East & SE Asia$89,133from825 responsesacross84 jobs
Europe$114,566from1,455 responsesacross93 jobs
Middle East$77,216from3,030 responsesacross91 jobs
North America$90,465from6,367 responsesacross94 jobs
South America$87,033from987 responsesacross87 jobs
South Asia$71,509from800 responsesacross91 jobs


Compensation by Type of Position   Last 12 Months
Type of PositionAverage Compensation
Drilling$120,712
Engineering$87,007
Geoscience$101,376
HSE$83,442
Maritime$99,543
Mgmt/Support$91,383
Oilfield Service$83,992
Production$90,230
Trades$76,456
Type of PositionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Drilling$120,712from1,676 responsesacross12 jobs
Engineering$87,007from4,110 responsesacross18 jobs
Geoscience$101,376from642 responsesacross5 jobs
HSE$83,442from1,716 responsesacross7 jobs
Maritime$99,543from793 responsesacross11 jobs
Mgmt/Support$91,383from3,400 responsesacross9 jobs
Oilfield Service$83,992from1,598 responsesacross15 jobs
Production$90,230from994 responsesacross7 jobs
Trades$76,456from1,961 responsesacross10 jobs
  
Recent Trends
Up Safety Officer
Avg Salary Up More Than 5%
 
Down EMT / Paramedic
Avg Salary Down More Than 5%
 
Up Other Rig Worker
Avg Salary Up Less Than 5%
 
Up Electrician
Avg Salary Up Less Than 5%
 
Up A B Seaman
Avg Salary Up More Than 5%
 
Up Production Engineer
Avg Salary Up Less Than 5%
 
Changes calculated based on salary data submitted in last 90 days versus all previous year salaries for that job title.
Recent Results
Petroleum Engineer replied Aug 27
working in Europe up in 2014
with 0 years exp. vs 2013
 
Mechanical Engineer replied Aug 27
working in North America up in 2014
with 12 years exp. vs 2013
 
Mechanic replied Aug 27
working in North America up in 2014
with 10 years exp. vs 2013
 
Toolpusher replied Aug 27
working in North America up in 2014
with 0 years exp. vs 2013
 
Toolpusher replied Aug 27
working in North America up in 2014
with 0 years exp. vs 2013
 
Stimulation replied Aug 27
working in North America up in 2014
with 4 years exp. vs 2013
 
Information Technology replied Aug 27
working in South America up in 2014
with 15 years exp. vs 2013
 
Derrickman replied Aug 27
working in North America down in 2014
with 6 years exp. vs 2013
 
Derrickman replied Aug 27
working in North America down in 2014
with 6 years exp. vs 2013
 
Other Drilling Support replied Aug 27
working in East & SE Asia up in 2014
with 2 years exp. vs 2013
 
Other Backoffice replied Aug 27
working in North America down in 2014
with 24 years exp. vs 2013
 
Diving replied Aug 27
working in North America up in 2014
with 10 years exp. vs 2013
 
Well Control replied Aug 27
working in Africa up in 2014
with 3 years exp. vs 2013
 
Directional Driller replied Aug 27
working in North America up in 2014
with 10 years exp. vs 2013
 
Ships Engineer replied Aug 27
working in Middle East up in 2014
with 25 years exp. vs 2013
 
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.