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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$103,333
Australia & Oceania$104,565
Central Asia$78,195
East & SE Asia$86,240
Europe$112,902
Middle East$76,833
North America$90,218
South America$86,311
South Asia$71,243
RegionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Africa$103,333from1,833 responsesacross91 jobs
Australia & Oceania$104,565from759 responsesacross86 jobs
Central Asia$78,195from653 responsesacross88 jobs
East & SE Asia$86,240from991 responsesacross84 jobs
Europe$112,902from1,394 responsesacross94 jobs
Middle East$76,833from2,932 responsesacross92 jobs
North America$90,218from6,029 responsesacross94 jobs
South America$86,311from963 responsesacross87 jobs
South Asia$71,243from704 responsesacross86 jobs


Compensation by Type of Position   Last 12 Months
Type of PositionAverage Compensation
Drilling$120,556
Engineering$86,267
Geoscience$100,245
HSE$83,642
Maritime$98,473
Mgmt/Support$90,885
Oilfield Service$84,251
Production$89,945
Trades$75,918
Type of PositionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Drilling$120,556from1,557 responsesacross12 jobs
Engineering$86,267from4,038 responsesacross18 jobs
Geoscience$100,245from621 responsesacross5 jobs
HSE$83,642from1,677 responsesacross7 jobs
Maritime$98,473from766 responsesacross11 jobs
Mgmt/Support$90,885from3,221 responsesacross9 jobs
Oilfield Service$84,251from1,518 responsesacross15 jobs
Production$89,945from955 responsesacross7 jobs
Trades$75,918from1,905 responsesacross10 jobs
  
Recent Trends
Down Electrician
Avg Salary Down More Than 5%
 
Down Executive
Avg Salary Down More Than 5%
 
Down Accounting / Finance
Avg Salary Down More Than 5%
 
Up Civil Engineer
Avg Salary Up More Than 5%
 
Down Directional Driller
Avg Salary Down Less Than 5%
 
Up Other Backoffice
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
Environmental Engineer replied Oct 23
working in Africa up in 2014
with 13 years exp. vs 2013
 
Human Resources replied Oct 23
working in East & SE Asia up in 2014
with 18 years exp. vs 2013
 
Other Specialty replied Oct 23
working in Europe down in 2014
with 13 years exp. vs 2013
 
Production Engineer replied Oct 23
working in Middle East up in 2014
with 23 years exp. vs 2013
 
Offshore Worker replied Oct 22
working in North America up in 2014
with 2 years exp. vs 2013
 
Human Resources replied Oct 22
working in East & SE Asia up in 2014
with 9 years exp. vs 2013
 
Budget / Cost Control replied Oct 22
working in Middle East up in 2014
with 20 years exp. vs 2013
 
Budget / Cost Control replied Oct 22
working in Middle East up in 2014
with 20 years exp. vs 2013
 
Field Service Tech replied Oct 22
working in East & SE Asia up in 2014
with 9 years exp. vs 2013
 
Captain replied Oct 22
working in North America up in 2014
with 27 years exp. vs 2013
 
Operations Manager replied Oct 22
working in North America up in 2014
with 6 years exp. vs 2013
 
Elec. or Instr. Tech replied Oct 22
working in North America down in 2014
with 20 years exp. vs 2013
 
Operations Manager replied Oct 22
working in North America up in 2014
with 25 years exp. vs 2013
 
Other HSE replied Oct 22
working in South America up in 2014
with 12 years exp. vs 2013
 
General / Other Eng. replied Oct 22
working in South America up in 2014
with 30 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.