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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.
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Compensation by Region   Last 12 Months
RegionAverage Compensation
Africa$103,966
Australia & Oceania$104,644
Central Asia$78,251
East & SE Asia$89,118
Europe$114,093
Middle East$77,224
North America$90,392
South America$86,590
South Asia$71,489
RegionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Africa$103,966from1,892 responsesacross92 jobs
Australia & Oceania$104,644from822 responsesacross87 jobs
Central Asia$78,251from693 responsesacross87 jobs
East & SE Asia$89,118from854 responsesacross84 jobs
Europe$114,093from1,449 responsesacross93 jobs
Middle East$77,224from3,008 responsesacross91 jobs
North America$90,392from6,373 responsesacross94 jobs
South America$86,590from985 responsesacross87 jobs
South Asia$71,489from789 responsesacross90 jobs


Compensation by Type of Position   Last 12 Months
Type of PositionAverage Compensation
Drilling$120,443
Engineering$87,070
Geoscience$100,720
HSE$83,425
Maritime$99,046
Mgmt/Support$91,415
Oilfield Service$83,951
Production$90,117
Trades$76,549
Type of PositionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Drilling$120,443from1,670 responsesacross12 jobs
Engineering$87,070from4,125 responsesacross18 jobs
Geoscience$100,720from638 responsesacross5 jobs
HSE$83,425from1,713 responsesacross7 jobs
Maritime$99,046from801 responsesacross11 jobs
Mgmt/Support$91,415from3,371 responsesacross9 jobs
Oilfield Service$83,951from1,596 responsesacross15 jobs
Production$90,117from1,001 responsesacross7 jobs
Trades$76,549from1,950 responsesacross10 jobs
  
Recent Trends
Down Onshore Worker
Avg Salary Down More Than 5%
 
Up Civil Engineer
Avg Salary Up More Than 5%
 
Down MWD/LWD/Logging
Avg Salary Down Less Than 5%
 
Down Budget / Cost Control
Avg Salary Down Less Than 5%
 
Down Drilling Consultant
Avg Salary Down More Than 5%
 
Down Design Engineer
Avg Salary Down 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
Executive replied Sep 2
working in Central Asia up in 2014
with 8 years exp. vs 2013
 
Operations Manager replied Sep 2
working in East & SE Asia up in 2014
with 20 years exp. vs 2013
 
Sales / Marketing replied Sep 2
working in North America up in 2014
with 15 years exp. vs 2013
 
Sales / Marketing replied Sep 2
working in North America up in 2014
with 15 years exp. vs 2013
 
General / Other Eng. replied Sep 2
working in North America up in 2014
with 3 years exp. vs 2013
 
Design Engineer replied Sep 2
working in East & SE Asia up in 2014
with 11 years exp. vs 2013
 
Other Rig Worker replied Sep 2
working in Africa down in 2014
with 13 years exp. vs 2013
 
Other Rig Worker replied Sep 2
working in Africa down in 2014
with 13 years exp. vs 2013
 
Other Rig Worker replied Sep 2
working in South Asia up in 2014
with 3 years exp. vs 2013
 
Sales / Marketing replied Sep 2
working in North America up in 2014
with 3 years exp. vs 2013
 
Heavy Machinery Operator replied Sep 2
working in Africa up in 2014
with 17 years exp. vs 2013
 
Operations Manager replied Sep 2
working in North America up in 2014
with 15 years exp. vs 2013
 
Accounting / Finance replied Sep 2
working in North America up in 2014
with 30 years exp. vs 2013
 
Electrical Engineer replied Sep 2
working in North America up in 2014
with 15 years exp. vs 2013
 
Electrical Engineer replied Sep 2
working in Europe up in 2014
with 10 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.