Global Oil and Gas Salary Survey Results

SPE has been surveying its professional members since 1967 to benchmark global compensation trends in the oil and gas industry. The 2019 Salary Survey Highlights Report (pdf) is available to download for free. An article on the 2019 results will soon be published in the November 2019 issue of the Journal of Petroleum Technology magazine. The 2019 Salary Survey Report and data file are now available for purchase in the SPE Bookstore. 


Highlights from the 2019 SPE Salary Survey

  • Upstream oil and gas industry pay (including salary and bonus) reported by SPE professional members for 2019 averages at USD 197,027, up from USD 194,874 in 2018.
  • The mean base pay reported in 2019 is USD 147,027, a slight decrease from last year’s base pay of USD 151,003.
  • Nearly two thirds of respondents (64.4%) reported an increase in base pay. This is similar to last year’s percentage (64.0% in 2018) which comes on the end of a steep upward trend from the prior two years (49.7% in 2017 and 35.9% in 2016). 
  • In most job categories, females continue to earn less overall compensation than males. Female Technician/Specialist/Support Staff, however, earn considerably higher base pay than males. 

Get the Full Report, Data File, or Archive of Highlights

The full Salary Survey report and data file for the SPE Membership Salary Survey are available through the SPE Bookstore. Full survey results for petroleum engineer salaries and related upstream oil and gas positions are included by region, years of experience, job category, and more.

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