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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$101,280
Australia & Oceania$104,970
Central Asia$78,139
East & SE Asia$83,274
Europe$113,719
Middle East$76,576
North America$90,210
South America$84,982
South Asia$71,898
RegionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Africa$101,280from1,761 responsesacross92 jobs
Australia & Oceania$104,970from691 responsesacross85 jobs
Central Asia$78,139from595 responsesacross83 jobs
East & SE Asia$83,274from1,099 responsesacross84 jobs
Europe$113,719from1,356 responsesacross93 jobs
Middle East$76,576from2,876 responsesacross93 jobs
North America$90,210from5,637 responsesacross94 jobs
South America$84,982from931 responsesacross86 jobs
South Asia$71,898from626 responsesacross86 jobs


Compensation by Type of Position   Last 12 Months
Type of PositionAverage Compensation
Drilling$118,905
Engineering$85,629
Geoscience$99,686
HSE$82,889
Maritime$99,936
Mgmt/Support$90,852
Oilfield Service$83,665
Production$89,075
Trades$74,879
Type of PositionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Drilling$118,905from1,541 responsesacross12 jobs
Engineering$85,629from3,906 responsesacross18 jobs
Geoscience$99,686from611 responsesacross5 jobs
HSE$82,889from1,605 responsesacross7 jobs
Maritime$99,936from702 responsesacross11 jobs
Mgmt/Support$90,852from3,088 responsesacross9 jobs
Oilfield Service$83,665from1,424 responsesacross15 jobs
Production$89,075from894 responsesacross7 jobs
Trades$74,879from1,801 responsesacross10 jobs
  
Recent Trends
Up Chemical Engineer
Avg Salary Up More Than 5%
 
Up Reservoir Engineer
Avg Salary Up Less Than 5%
 
Down Process Engineer
Avg Salary Down More Than 5%
 
Down Drilling Consultant
Avg Salary Down Less Than 5%
 
Up Other Backoffice
Avg Salary Up Less Than 5%
 
Down Mechanic
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
Safety Engineer replied Dec 17
working in Central Asia up in 2014
with 10 years exp. vs 2013
 
Safety Officer replied Dec 17
working in Middle East up in 2014
with 5 years exp. vs 2013
 
Leasing / Contracts replied Dec 17
working in North America up in 2014
with 8 years exp. vs 2013
 
Derrickman replied Dec 17
working in East & SE Asia down in 2014
with 3 years exp. vs 2013
 
Sales / Marketing replied Dec 17
working in East & SE Asia up in 2014
with 17 years exp. vs 2013
 
Executive replied Dec 17
working in East & SE Asia up in 2014
with 4 years exp. vs 2013
 
Maintenance Engineer replied Dec 17
working in South America up in 2014
with 20 years exp. vs 2013
 
Mechanic replied Dec 17
working in Australia & Oceania up in 2014
with 1 years exp. vs 2013
 
Information Technology replied Dec 17
working in North America up in 2014
with 30 years exp. vs 2013
 
Other Drilling Support replied Dec 17
working in North America up in 2014
with 3 years exp. vs 2013
 
Structural Engineer replied Dec 17
working in North America up in 2014
with 5 years exp. vs 2013
 
Driller replied Dec 17
working in South America up in 2014
with 13 years exp. vs 2013
 
Drilling Consultant replied Dec 17
working in Australia & Oceania down in 2014
with 20 years exp. vs 2013
 
Firefighter replied Dec 17
working in South America up in 2014
with 10 years exp. vs 2013
 
HVAC replied Dec 17
working in North America up in 2014
with 0 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.