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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$101,568
Australia & Oceania$106,173
Central Asia$78,580
East & SE Asia$82,405
Europe$113,298
Middle East$76,604
North America$90,875
South America$85,240
South Asia$72,126
RegionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Africa$101,568from1,699 responsesacross90 jobs
Australia & Oceania$106,173from665 responsesacross86 jobs
Central Asia$78,580from550 responsesacross82 jobs
East & SE Asia$82,405from1,162 responsesacross84 jobs
Europe$113,298from1,347 responsesacross94 jobs
Middle East$76,604from2,781 responsesacross92 jobs
North America$90,875from5,288 responsesacross94 jobs
South America$85,240from895 responsesacross86 jobs
South Asia$72,126from563 responsesacross85 jobs


Compensation by Type of Position   Last 12 Months
Type of PositionAverage Compensation
Drilling$120,740
Engineering$86,035
Geoscience$99,922
HSE$83,648
Maritime$98,953
Mgmt/Support$90,704
Oilfield Service$83,465
Production$87,924
Trades$74,614
Type of PositionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Drilling$120,740from1,529 responsesacross12 jobs
Engineering$86,035from3,748 responsesacross18 jobs
Geoscience$99,922from582 responsesacross5 jobs
HSE$83,648from1,537 responsesacross7 jobs
Maritime$98,953from678 responsesacross11 jobs
Mgmt/Support$90,704from2,984 responsesacross9 jobs
Oilfield Service$83,465from1,334 responsesacross15 jobs
Production$87,924from863 responsesacross7 jobs
Trades$74,614from1,695 responsesacross10 jobs
  
Recent Trends
Down Operations Manager
Avg Salary Down Less Than 5%
 
Up Other Trade
Avg Salary Up Less Than 5%
 
Down Human Resources
Avg Salary Down Less Than 5%
 
Down Maintenance Engineer
Avg Salary Down More Than 5%
 
Down Structural Engineer
Avg Salary Down Less Than 5%
 
Down Electrical 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
A B Seaman replied Jan 25
working in Africa up in 2015
with 17 years exp. vs 2014
 
Sales / Marketing replied Jan 25
working in North America up in 2015
with 10 years exp. vs 2014
 
Operations Manager replied Jan 25
working in Australia & Oceania down in 2015
with 7 years exp. vs 2014
 
Driller replied Jan 25
working in Australia & Oceania up in 2015
with 23 years exp. vs 2014
 
Operations Manager replied Jan 25
working in North America down in 2015
with 10 years exp. vs 2014
 
Corrosion Engineer replied Jan 25
working in Europe down in 2015
with 7 years exp. vs 2014
 
Chemical Engineer replied Jan 25
working in Europe up in 2015
with 5 years exp. vs 2014
 
Mechanical Engineer replied Jan 25
working in Australia & Oceania up in 2015
with 17 years exp. vs 2014
 
Mechanic replied Jan 25
working in Europe down in 2015
with 18 years exp. vs 2014
 
Welder/Fitter replied Jan 25
working in North America up in 2015
with 2 years exp. vs 2014
 
Rig Mover replied Jan 25
working in Middle East up in 2015
with 12 years exp. vs 2014
 
A B Seaman replied Jan 25
working in Australia & Oceania up in 2015
with 18 years exp. vs 2014
 
Subsea Engineer replied Jan 24
working in Africa up in 2015
with 2 years exp. vs 2014
 
Subsea Engineer replied Jan 24
working in Africa up in 2015
with 2 years exp. vs 2014
 
ROV Tech/Pilot replied Jan 24
working in East & SE Asia up in 2015
with 10 years exp. vs 2014
 
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.