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U.S. oil, gas professionals among the best paid in world

By Bob Downing Published: April 2, 2013

A press release from the Oil and Gas Job Search:



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USA oil and gas professionals remain amongst the world’s highest paid, according to Global Salary Guide

USA based oil and gas industry professionals are the 6th best rewarded in the world, according to the Oil and Gas Global Salary Guide 2013 produced annually by expert recruiters Hays Oil & Gas and leading jobsite, Oil and Gas Job Search.

The Guide reveals that local professionals working in the USA earn on average USD$121,400 per annum. This is slightly behind neighbouring Canada at USD$123,000 equivalent by a narrow margin. Australia is now leading the way with an average industry salary of USD$163,600 per annum.

Imported oil and gas professionals in the USA now earn USD$123,800 on average per annum, which is high but is some way behind many other nations. Expats are enjoying the highest levels of pay in Australia, the Philippines and Trinidad.

The Salary Guide, which bases its figures on more than 25,000 industry professionals across the globe, states the growth of salaries can be attributed to a buoyant industry with a relatively stable oil price and a worldwide skills shortage.

The Guide also revealed that a rise in bonuses has continued and is now the dominant mechanism by which companies attract and retain talent. On average, bonuses account for a further 5.9 per cent of the employees overall package with almost two thirds receiving some kind of benefit or allowance on top of their basic salary.

Matt Underhill, Managing Director of Hays Oil & Gas comments: “The industry is taking positive steps in increasing pay and benefits that will keep the USA competitive on the world stage but there is still some way to go to stop a drain of talent to overseas markets.”

Duncan Freer Managing Director of Oil and Gas Job Search, comments: “There is no doubt that the USA oil and gas industry remains one of the busiest in the world right now and this is clearly highlighted in our findings.”

Employer confidence in increasing staffing levels during 2013 remains high. A quarter expect staffing levels to increase by more than 10 per cent with almost 75 per cent anticipating some level of increase.

Duncan Freer, comments: “Despite the concerns in Europe and a slowdown in China’s growth, the sentiment in the oil and gas industry remains positive.

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For further information, please contact Matthew Roberts, Media Relationship Manager of Oil and Gas Job Search on +44 (0) 161 9756026 or

2013 Salary Guide Summary:

  • 24 Disciplines covered
  • 53 Countries represented
  • 25,000 Respondents to the survey
  • 2,500 Respondents working with a global super major
  • 8,200 Respondents who are employers in the industry

Hays is the leading global specialist recruiting group. It is the expert at recruiting qualified, professional and skilled people across the full lifecycle of the global oil and gas industry. Our recruiting experts deal in both permanent positions and contract roles within upstream, project development and downstream operations.

Hays employs 7,800 staff operating from 245 offices in 33 countries across 20 specialisms. For the year ended 30 June 2012, Hays placed around 55,000 candidates into permanent jobs and around 180,000 people into temporary assignments.

Oil and Gas Job Search is the world’s premier job site dedicated to professionals who work in the oil and gas industry:

  • 500,000+ searchable resumes
  • 12,000 new candidate registrations per month
  • 1 million job searches per month
  • 100,000 job applications per month
  • 500,000 visits per month
  • 4 million page views per month



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