Global Drilling Survey

Optimize your compensation strategy to attract and retain top talent

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For your organization, attracting and retaining top talent requires understanding the most common trends in compensation within your unique sector. Whether you’re focused on land, shore-based or off-shore activities, having the employees your organization needs to be successful today and in the future is critical.

Leverage the Global Drilling Survey to benchmark your compensation strategy against your competition. Develop and optimize a robust talent strategy with HR data from 27 countries for 91 drilling positions representing land, shore-based, and offshore populations. The data is collected for locals and expatriate employees and includes:

  • Base pay
  • Company structured and discretionary allowances
  • Government mandated or negotiated allowances
  • Other incentives (i.e., retention)
  • Overtime
  • Rig type
  • Short- and long-term incentives

Are you ready to optimize your compensation strategy?

Survey Details At a Glance
  • Overview
  • Product Details
  • Survey Schedule
  • 2019 Participation
  • Ordering


Salary Survey Methodology

Mercer surveys are designed using the most accurate and up-to-date market data practices. Data is collected from HR professionals at participating organizations and then analyzed for validity, thoroughness, and market representation based on the organization’s size, structure, geographic region, or a combination of these factors. A minimum number of incumbents, organizations, and distinct organizations are required in order to report each data element. If minimums are not met, the market data is suppressed, ensuring you the highest level of data confidentiality.

Product Details

Survey Statistics

  • # Positions Surveyed: 91
  • # Positions Published: 61
  • # Organizations: 128
  • # Observations: 36,804
  • Based on data from the 2017 Global Drilling Survey. Data minimum and suppression rules account for the difference between the number of positions surveyed and published.


    Survey Schedule

    • Questionnaire Distributed: May 14
    • Participation Deadline: July 23
    • Data Effective Date: July 1
    • Publication Date: October

    2019 Participation

    2019 Survey Participation opens May 14. Drilling companies that can match to the key survey positions can request to participate and must be approved by the GDS Steering Committee. Furthermore, organizations must be a drilling company and not an E&P contractor. To learn more about how you can become a participant, please contact us. As a survey participant, you do receive key benefits:

    • An exclusive invitation to survey events – attend results webcasts and regional meetings where Mercer consultants will review the results and identify market trends and factors. You'll also be able to ask questions directly related to your organization.
    • Spot polls on industry specific hot topics
    • Ensure your data is included in the market results – easily determine your market position with customized reports that compare your company data to your peers.

    The survey is performed annually. To become a survey participant or with questions about survey participation please contact Rhonda Rhoden at 713 276 2157 or


    2018 Results Price
    Local data 2,150 USD per county (1,850 USD per country with a 3-year commitment)
    Expatriate report 2,150 USD per county (1,850 USD per country with a 3-year commitment)

    This survey is participant only, but a “Promise to Participate” option may be available. Contact us at 800-333-3070 to learn more.

    • Sub TitleOptimize your compensation strategy to attract and retain top talent
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    • AdministrativeFees20
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    • Short DescriptionSalary data for drilling positions representing land, short-based & offshore.
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