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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$102,816
Australia & Oceania$104,750
Central Asia$78,418
East & SE Asia$84,671
Europe$113,161
Middle East$76,478
North America$90,003
South America$85,272
South Asia$71,783
RegionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Africa$102,816from1,783 responsesacross92 jobs
Australia & Oceania$104,750from726 responsesacross86 jobs
Central Asia$78,418from624 responsesacross85 jobs
East & SE Asia$84,671from1,072 responsesacross86 jobs
Europe$113,161from1,387 responsesacross94 jobs
Middle East$76,478from2,889 responsesacross92 jobs
North America$90,003from5,784 responsesacross94 jobs
South America$85,272from937 responsesacross85 jobs
South Asia$71,783from651 responsesacross85 jobs


Compensation by Type of Position   Last 12 Months
Type of PositionAverage Compensation
Drilling$120,041
Engineering$85,740
Geoscience$100,299
HSE$82,966
Maritime$99,006
Mgmt/Support$90,827
Oilfield Service$84,090
Production$89,455
Trades$75,410
Type of PositionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Drilling$120,041from1,545 responsesacross12 jobs
Engineering$85,740from3,947 responsesacross18 jobs
Geoscience$100,299from618 responsesacross5 jobs
HSE$82,966from1,633 responsesacross7 jobs
Maritime$99,006from728 responsesacross11 jobs
Mgmt/Support$90,827from3,143 responsesacross9 jobs
Oilfield Service$84,090from1,460 responsesacross15 jobs
Production$89,455from922 responsesacross7 jobs
Trades$75,410from1,857 responsesacross10 jobs
  
Recent Trends
Down Elec. or Instr. Tech
Avg Salary Down More Than 5%
 
Up Field Service Tech
Avg Salary Up Less Than 5%
 
Up Rigger
Avg Salary Up More Than 5%
 
Down Workover or Completion
Avg Salary Down Less Than 5%
 
Down Offshore Worker
Avg Salary Down Less Than 5%
 
Down Leasing / Contracts
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
Drilling Engineer replied Nov 24
working in North America up in 2014
with 7 years exp. vs 2013
 
Maintenance Engineer replied Nov 24
working in Europe up in 2014
with 6 years exp. vs 2013
 
Civil Engineer replied Nov 24
working in South Asia up in 2014
with 13 years exp. vs 2013
 
Onshore Worker replied Nov 24
working in East & SE Asia up in 2014
with 4 years exp. vs 2013
 
Structural Engineer replied Nov 24
working in Middle East up in 2014
with 4 years exp. vs 2013
 
Structural Engineer replied Nov 24
working in North America up in 2014
with 3 years exp. vs 2013
 
Safety Engineer replied Nov 24
working in South Asia up in 2014
with 3 years exp. vs 2013
 
Mechanical Engineer replied Nov 24
working in South Asia up in 2014
with 8 years exp. vs 2013
 
Instrument Engineer replied Nov 24
working in Middle East up in 2014
with 10 years exp. vs 2013
 
Mechanical Engineer replied Nov 24
working in East & SE Asia up in 2014
with 6 years exp. vs 2013
 
Crane Operator replied Nov 24
working in South Asia down in 2014
with 30 years exp. vs 2013
 
Civil Engineer replied Nov 24
working in Africa up in 2014
with 5 years exp. vs 2013
 
Process Engineer replied Nov 24
working in East & SE Asia up in 2014
with 7 years exp. vs 2013
 
Mechanical Engineer replied Nov 24
working in Middle East up in 2014
with 5 years exp. vs 2013
 
Sales / Marketing replied Nov 24
working in Middle East 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.