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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$105,844
Australia & Oceania$104,946
Central Asia$79,059
Europe$116,479
Far East$100,271
Middle East$79,833
North America$90,671
South America$88,373
Southern Asia$72,207
RegionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Africa$105,844from2,064 responsesacross93 jobs
Australia & Oceania$104,946from943 responsesacross89 jobs
Central Asia$79,059from877 responsesacross90 jobs
Europe$116,479from1,606 responsesacross93 jobs
Far East$100,271from596 responsesacross84 jobs
Middle East$79,833from3,348 responsesacross94 jobs
North America$90,671from7,642 responsesacross96 jobs
South America$88,373from1,049 responsesacross89 jobs
Southern Asia$72,207from1,001 responsesacross93 jobs


Compensation by Type of Position   Last 12 Months
Type of PositionAverage Compensation
Drilling$121,295
Engineering$88,373
Geoscience$104,964
HSE$83,032
Maritime$96,542
Mgmt/Support$93,260
Oilfield Service$85,248
Production$93,202
Trades$77,379
Type of PositionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Drilling$121,295from1,971 responsesacross12 jobs
Engineering$88,373from4,589 responsesacross18 jobs
Geoscience$104,964from735 responsesacross5 jobs
HSE$83,032from1,867 responsesacross7 jobs
Maritime$96,542from933 responsesacross12 jobs
Mgmt/Support$93,260from3,804 responsesacross9 jobs
Oilfield Service$85,248from1,877 responsesacross16 jobs
Production$93,202from1,132 responsesacross7 jobs
Trades$77,379from2,218 responsesacross10 jobs
  
Recent Trends
Up Derrickman
Avg Salary Up Less Than 5%
 
Down Cementing
Avg Salary Down Less Than 5%
 
Down Elec. or Instr. Tech
Avg Salary Down Less Than 5%
 
Up Rigger
Avg Salary Up More Than 5%
 
Down Production Operator
Avg Salary Down Less Than 5%
 
Down Pipeline 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
Geologist replied Apr 16
working in Central Asia up in 2014
with 4 years exp. vs 2013
 
Sales / Marketing replied Apr 16
working in North America up in 2014
with 10 years exp. vs 2013
 
Executive replied Apr 16
working in Europe up in 2014
with 30 years exp. vs 2013
 
Production Engineer replied Apr 16
working in Middle East up in 2014
with 15 years exp. vs 2013
 
Elec. or Instr. Tech replied Apr 16
working in North America up in 2014
with 4 years exp. vs 2013
 
Operations Manager replied Apr 16
working in North America up in 2014
with 10 years exp. vs 2013
 
Leasing / Contracts replied Apr 16
working in South America down in 2014
with 30 years exp. vs 2013
 
Leasing / Contracts replied Apr 16
working in South America down in 2014
with 30 years exp. vs 2013
 
Production Operator replied Apr 16
working in South America up in 2014
with 14 years exp. vs 2013
 
Accounting / Finance replied Apr 16
working in North America down in 2014
with 22 years exp. vs 2013
 
Geologist replied Apr 16
working in North America up in 2014
with 4 years exp. vs 2013
 
Operations Manager replied Apr 16
working in Middle East up in 2014
with 18 years exp. vs 2013
 
Drilling Engineer replied Apr 16
working in Africa up in 2014
with 1 years exp. vs 2013
 
Rig Clerk / Radioman / Storeman replied Apr 16
working in South America up in 2014
with 2 years exp. vs 2013
 
Electrical Engineer replied Apr 16
working in Africa up in 2014
with 3 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.