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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$103,768
Australia & Oceania$104,878
Central Asia$78,594
East & SE Asia$89,056
Europe$113,436
Middle East$76,976
North America$90,230
South America$86,072
South Asia$71,265
RegionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Africa$103,768from1,874 responsesacross92 jobs
Australia & Oceania$104,878from806 responsesacross86 jobs
Central Asia$78,594from666 responsesacross87 jobs
East & SE Asia$89,056from897 responsesacross84 jobs
Europe$113,436from1,415 responsesacross93 jobs
Middle East$76,976from2,997 responsesacross91 jobs
North America$90,230from6,232 responsesacross94 jobs
South America$86,072from971 responsesacross86 jobs
South Asia$71,265from772 responsesacross89 jobs


Compensation by Type of Position   Last 12 Months
Type of PositionAverage Compensation
Drilling$120,765
Engineering$86,727
Geoscience$100,389
HSE$83,311
Maritime$99,258
Mgmt/Support$91,438
Oilfield Service$84,023
Production$89,917
Trades$76,211
Type of PositionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Drilling$120,765from1,598 responsesacross12 jobs
Engineering$86,727from4,112 responsesacross18 jobs
Geoscience$100,389from628 responsesacross5 jobs
HSE$83,311from1,715 responsesacross7 jobs
Maritime$99,258from782 responsesacross11 jobs
Mgmt/Support$91,438from3,324 responsesacross9 jobs
Oilfield Service$84,023from1,562 responsesacross15 jobs
Production$89,917from971 responsesacross7 jobs
Trades$76,211from1,938 responsesacross10 jobs
  
Recent Trends
Down Elec. or Instr. Tech
Avg Salary Down Less Than 5%
 
Down Pipeline Engineer
Avg Salary Down Less Than 5%
 
Up Sales / Marketing
Avg Salary Up Less Than 5%
 
Down Onshore Worker
Avg Salary Down Less Than 5%
 
Down Welder/Fitter
Avg Salary Down Less Than 5%
 
Down Geologist
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
Safety Officer replied Sep 19
working in Middle East up in 2014
with 7 years exp. vs 2013
 
Safety Officer replied Sep 19
working in East & SE Asia up in 2014
with 12 years exp. vs 2013
 
Electrician replied Sep 19
working in South America up in 2014
with 20 years exp. vs 2013
 
Safety Officer replied Sep 19
working in East & SE Asia up in 2014
with 25 years exp. vs 2013
 
Safety Officer replied Sep 19
working in South America up in 2014
with 5 years exp. vs 2013
 
HVAC replied Sep 19
working in Middle East up in 2014
with 10 years exp. vs 2013
 
Other Production Support replied Sep 19
working in North America up in 2014
with 5 years exp. vs 2013
 
HVAC replied Sep 19
working in Middle East up in 2014
with 10 years exp. vs 2013
 
Onshore Worker replied Sep 19
working in Africa down in 2014
with 3 years exp. vs 2013
 
ROV Tech/Pilot replied Sep 19
working in North America up in 2014
with 14 years exp. vs 2013
 
OIM replied Sep 19
working in North America up in 2014
with 25 years exp. vs 2013
 
Other HSE replied Sep 19
working in Middle East up in 2014
with 7 years exp. vs 2013
 
Budget / Cost Control replied Sep 19
working in Europe up in 2014
with 10 years exp. vs 2013
 
Safety Engineer replied Sep 19
working in Europe up in 2014
with 28 years exp. vs 2013
 
Operations Manager replied Sep 19
working in East & SE Asia up in 2014
with 20 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.