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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$103,265
Australia & Oceania$104,531
Central Asia$78,038
East & SE Asia$86,095
Europe$112,821
Middle East$76,875
North America$90,258
South America$85,916
South Asia$71,106
RegionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Africa$103,265from1,822 responsesacross91 jobs
Australia & Oceania$104,531from757 responsesacross86 jobs
Central Asia$78,038from649 responsesacross87 jobs
East & SE Asia$86,095from998 responsesacross84 jobs
Europe$112,821from1,391 responsesacross94 jobs
Middle East$76,875from2,928 responsesacross92 jobs
North America$90,258from6,012 responsesacross94 jobs
South America$85,916from963 responsesacross87 jobs
South Asia$71,106from700 responsesacross86 jobs


Compensation by Type of Position   Last 12 Months
Type of PositionAverage Compensation
Drilling$120,590
Engineering$86,120
Geoscience$100,566
HSE$83,593
Maritime$98,710
Mgmt/Support$90,793
Oilfield Service$84,422
Production$89,945
Trades$75,770
Type of PositionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Drilling$120,590from1,550 responsesacross12 jobs
Engineering$86,120from4,028 responsesacross18 jobs
Geoscience$100,566from618 responsesacross5 jobs
HSE$83,593from1,674 responsesacross7 jobs
Maritime$98,710from767 responsesacross11 jobs
Mgmt/Support$90,793from3,209 responsesacross9 jobs
Oilfield Service$84,422from1,515 responsesacross15 jobs
Production$89,945from955 responsesacross7 jobs
Trades$75,770from1,904 responsesacross10 jobs
  
Recent Trends
Up EMT / Paramedic
Avg Salary Up More Than 5%
 
Up Other HSE
Avg Salary Up More Than 5%
 
Up General / Other Eng.
Avg Salary Up Less Than 5%
 
Down Electrical Engineer
Avg Salary Down Less Than 5%
 
Up Ships Engineer
Avg Salary Up More Than 5%
 
Down Sales / Marketing
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
Downhole Intervention replied Oct 25
working in South America up in 2014
with 6 years exp. vs 2013
 
Design Engineer replied Oct 25
working in Europe up in 2014
with 6 years exp. vs 2013
 
Chemical Engineer replied Oct 25
working in Central Asia up in 2014
with 7 years exp. vs 2013
 
Mechanical Engineer replied Oct 25
working in North America up in 2014
with 3 years exp. vs 2013
 
Rig Manager replied Oct 25
working in North America up in 2014
with 20 years exp. vs 2013
 
Field Service Tech replied Oct 25
working in North America up in 2014
with 9 years exp. vs 2013
 
Information Technology replied Oct 25
working in East & SE Asia up in 2014
with 4 years exp. vs 2013
 
Information Technology replied Oct 25
working in East & SE Asia up in 2014
with 4 years exp. vs 2013
 
Other Backoffice replied Oct 25
working in North America up in 2014
with 12 years exp. vs 2013
 
Other Backoffice replied Oct 25
working in Africa up in 2014
with 17 years exp. vs 2013
 
Electrical Engineer replied Oct 25
working in South Asia up in 2014
with 3 years exp. vs 2013
 
Other Rig Worker replied Oct 25
working in Middle East down in 2014
with 2 years exp. vs 2013
 
Mud Engineer replied Oct 25
working in North America up in 2014
with 15 years exp. vs 2013
 
Operations Manager replied Oct 25
working in North America up in 2014
with 30 years exp. vs 2013
 
Drilling Engineer replied Oct 25
working in South America up in 2014
with 2 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.