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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$104,599
Australia & Oceania$104,723
Central Asia$77,408
East & SE Asia$91,322
Europe$114,382
Middle East$78,104
North America$90,487
South America$86,987
South Asia$71,335
RegionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Africa$104,599from1,875 responsesacross91 jobs
Australia & Oceania$104,723from824 responsesacross86 jobs
Central Asia$77,408from732 responsesacross88 jobs
East & SE Asia$91,322from739 responsesacross83 jobs
Europe$114,382from1,453 responsesacross93 jobs
Middle East$78,104from3,058 responsesacross92 jobs
North America$90,487from6,631 responsesacross95 jobs
South America$86,987from979 responsesacross88 jobs
South Asia$71,335from830 responsesacross91 jobs


Compensation by Type of Position   Last 12 Months
Type of PositionAverage Compensation
Drilling$120,422
Engineering$87,349
Geoscience$100,152
HSE$83,215
Maritime$98,879
Mgmt/Support$91,893
Oilfield Service$84,008
Production$91,491
Trades$76,892
Type of PositionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Drilling$120,422from1,705 responsesacross12 jobs
Engineering$87,349from4,124 responsesacross18 jobs
Geoscience$100,152from648 responsesacross5 jobs
HSE$83,215from1,756 responsesacross7 jobs
Maritime$98,879from818 responsesacross11 jobs
Mgmt/Support$91,893from3,435 responsesacross9 jobs
Oilfield Service$84,008from1,634 responsesacross16 jobs
Production$91,491from1,018 responsesacross7 jobs
Trades$76,892from1,983 responsesacross10 jobs
  
Recent Trends
Down Trainer
Avg Salary Down Less Than 5%
 
Up Rigger
Avg Salary Up Less Than 5%
 
Down Dynamic Position Officer
Avg Salary Down Less Than 5%
 
Up Geologist
Avg Salary Up More Than 5%
 
Up Welder/Fitter
Avg Salary Up Less Than 5%
 
Down Other Drilling Support
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
Mechanical Engineer replied Jul 30
working in North America up in 2014
with 22 years exp. vs 2013
 
Civil Engineer replied Jul 30
working in Australia & Oceania up in 2014
with 7 years exp. vs 2013
 
Instrument Engineer replied Jul 30
working in North America up in 2014
with 30 years exp. vs 2013
 
Field Service Tech replied Jul 30
working in North America down in 2014
with 11 years exp. vs 2013
 
Rig Clerk / Radioman / Storeman replied Jul 30
working in North America up in 2014
with 3 years exp. vs 2013
 
Rig Clerk / Radioman / Storeman replied Jul 30
working in North America up in 2014
with 3 years exp. vs 2013
 
Workover or Completion replied Jul 30
working in Africa up in 2014
with 11 years exp. vs 2013
 
General / Other Eng. replied Jul 30
working in North America up in 2014
with 18 years exp. vs 2013
 
Floorhand replied Jul 30
working in North America up in 2014
with 5 years exp. vs 2013
 
Operations Manager replied Jul 30
working in Middle East up in 2014
with 30 years exp. vs 2013
 
Drilling Consultant replied Jul 30
working in Africa up in 2014
with 10 years exp. vs 2013
 
Sales / Marketing replied Jul 30
working in North America up in 2014
with 10 years exp. vs 2013
 
Field Service Tech replied Jul 30
working in South America up in 2014
with 15 years exp. vs 2013
 
Toolpusher replied Jul 30
working in Central Asia up in 2014
with 10 years exp. vs 2013
 
Operations Manager replied Jul 30
working in North America up in 2014
with 22 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.