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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$105,135
Australia & Oceania$104,558
Central Asia$78,786
Europe$116,439
Far East$100,506
Middle East$79,689
North America$90,685
South America$88,210
Southern Asia$71,676
RegionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Africa$105,135from2,059 responsesacross93 jobs
Australia & Oceania$104,558from930 responsesacross88 jobs
Central Asia$78,786from878 responsesacross90 jobs
Europe$116,439from1,587 responsesacross93 jobs
Far East$100,506from598 responsesacross85 jobs
Middle East$79,689from3,333 responsesacross93 jobs
North America$90,685from7,565 responsesacross96 jobs
South America$88,210from1,042 responsesacross89 jobs
Southern Asia$71,676from1,004 responsesacross93 jobs


Compensation by Type of Position   Last 12 Months
Type of PositionAverage Compensation
Drilling$121,090
Engineering$87,973
Geoscience$104,659
HSE$82,781
Maritime$96,986
Mgmt/Support$93,273
Oilfield Service$84,947
Production$93,328
Trades$77,237
Type of PositionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Drilling$121,090from1,946 responsesacross12 jobs
Engineering$87,973from4,564 responsesacross18 jobs
Geoscience$104,659from733 responsesacross5 jobs
HSE$82,781from1,854 responsesacross7 jobs
Maritime$96,986from916 responsesacross12 jobs
Mgmt/Support$93,273from3,785 responsesacross9 jobs
Oilfield Service$84,947from1,852 responsesacross16 jobs
Production$93,328from1,138 responsesacross7 jobs
Trades$77,237from2,208 responsesacross10 jobs
  
Recent Trends
Down Accounting / Finance
Avg Salary Down Less Than 5%
 
Up Other Backoffice
Avg Salary Up Less Than 5%
 
Up Other Trade
Avg Salary Up More Than 5%
 
Down Mechanical Engineer
Avg Salary Down Less Than 5%
 
Up Mud Engineer
Avg Salary Up Less Than 5%
 
Down Process Engineer
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
Petrophysicist replied Apr 24
working in Middle East up in 2014
with 23 years exp. vs 2013
 
Other Backoffice replied Apr 23
working in Middle East up in 2014
with 10 years exp. vs 2013
 
Pipe Inspection replied Apr 23
working in Southern Asia up in 2014
with 6 years exp. vs 2013
 
Electrical Engineer replied Apr 23
working in North America up in 2014
with 6 years exp. vs 2013
 
Operations Manager replied Apr 23
working in Central Asia up in 2014
with 27 years exp. vs 2013
 
Driller replied Apr 23
working in South America up in 2014
with 20 years exp. vs 2013
 
Maintenance Engineer replied Apr 23
working in North America up in 2014
with 17 years exp. vs 2013
 
Chemical Engineer replied Apr 23
working in Southern Asia up in 2014
with 18 years exp. vs 2013
 
Chemical Engineer replied Apr 23
working in Southern Asia up in 2014
with 18 years exp. vs 2013
 
Well Control replied Apr 23
working in North America up in 2014
with 7 years exp. vs 2013
 
Civil Engineer replied Apr 23
working in Africa up in 2014
with 6 years exp. vs 2013
 
Accounting / Finance replied Apr 23
working in Central Asia up in 2014
with 8 years exp. vs 2013
 
Budget / Cost Control replied Apr 23
working in North America up in 2014
with 4 years exp. vs 2013
 
Production Operator replied Apr 23
working in North America up in 2014
with 13 years exp. vs 2013
 
Electrical Engineer replied Apr 23
working in Europe up in 2014
with 25 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.