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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$101,002
Australia & Oceania$105,793
Central Asia$78,065
East & SE Asia$80,649
Europe$112,878
Middle East$76,943
North America$91,047
South America$86,305
South Asia$71,618
RegionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Africa$101,002from1,645 responsesacross91 jobs
Australia & Oceania$105,793from616 responsesacross82 jobs
Central Asia$78,065from471 responsesacross76 jobs
East & SE Asia$80,649from1,218 responsesacross85 jobs
Europe$112,878from1,341 responsesacross94 jobs
Middle East$76,943from2,669 responsesacross90 jobs
North America$91,047from4,939 responsesacross94 jobs
South America$86,305from886 responsesacross88 jobs
South Asia$71,618from492 responsesacross83 jobs


Compensation by Type of Position   Last 12 Months
Type of PositionAverage Compensation
Drilling$122,306
Engineering$85,235
Geoscience$100,100
HSE$83,916
Maritime$98,433
Mgmt/Support$91,378
Oilfield Service$82,669
Production$87,510
Trades$73,738
Type of PositionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Drilling$122,306from1,492 responsesacross12 jobs
Engineering$85,235from3,611 responsesacross18 jobs
Geoscience$100,100from551 responsesacross5 jobs
HSE$83,916from1,423 responsesacross7 jobs
Maritime$98,433from633 responsesacross11 jobs
Mgmt/Support$91,378from2,818 responsesacross9 jobs
Oilfield Service$82,669from1,303 responsesacross15 jobs
Production$87,510from850 responsesacross7 jobs
Trades$73,738from1,596 responsesacross10 jobs
  
Recent Trends
Down Budget / Cost Control
Avg Salary Down Less Than 5%
 
Up Other HSE
Avg Salary Up Less Than 5%
 
Up Leasing / Contracts
Avg Salary Up Less Than 5%
 
Up Driller
Avg Salary Up Less Than 5%
 
Down Maintenance Engineer
Avg Salary Down Less Than 5%
 
Up Human Resources
Avg Salary Up 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
Rig Mover replied Mar 5
working in Middle East down in 2015
with 4 years exp. vs 2014
 
Other Backoffice replied Mar 5
working in Europe up in 2015
with 1 years exp. vs 2014
 
Mechanical Engineer replied Mar 4
working in North America up in 2015
with 30 years exp. vs 2014
 
Mechanical Engineer replied Mar 4
working in Middle East up in 2015
with 8 years exp. vs 2014
 
Process Control replied Mar 4
working in South Asia up in 2015
with 8 years exp. vs 2014
 
Operations Manager replied Mar 4
working in Europe up in 2015
with 29 years exp. vs 2014
 
Executive replied Mar 4
working in North America up in 2015
with 8 years exp. vs 2014
 
Other Trade replied Mar 4
working in North America down in 2015
with 28 years exp. vs 2014
 
Safety Officer replied Mar 4
working in East & SE Asia up in 2015
with 8 years exp. vs 2014
 
Drilling Engineer replied Mar 4
working in South Asia up in 2015
with 7 years exp. vs 2014
 
Dynamic Position Officer replied Mar 4
working in Europe up in 2015
with 7 years exp. vs 2014
 
Machinist replied Mar 4
working in Australia & Oceania down in 2015
with 30 years exp. vs 2014
 
Machinist replied Mar 4
working in Australia & Oceania down in 2015
with 30 years exp. vs 2014
 
Machinist replied Mar 4
working in Australia & Oceania down in 2015
with 30 years exp. vs 2014
 
Machinist replied Mar 4
working in Australia & Oceania down in 2015
with 30 years exp. vs 2014
 
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.