Global Drilling Survey

Support your talent strategy in the current environment

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The global pandemic has affected daily routines around the world. As people stay home, the lack of demand has led to a market oversupply and falling oil prices. With the energy industry going through a period of drastic change, you’re likely taking a closer look at your compensation and rewards strategy.

Use the compensation data within Mercer’s Global Drilling Survey to be sure you’re paying what you need to, for success both now and in the future. Leverage this redesigned survey using the information for core drilling positions representing both land and offshore populations. This year the data is being collected using our online tool for local salary scales, rather than individual incumbent data, and includes:

  • Base pay
  • Company structured and discretionary allowances
  • Government mandated or negotiated allowances
  • Retention bonus
  • Rig type
Are you ready to optimize your compensation strategy?

Participation open: Oct – Nov

Results publish: Nov/Dec

2020 results available

  • 61 positions
  • USD 2,150
  • Product Details
  • Survey Schedule
  • Ordering
  • 2021 survey participation

Product Details

Survey Statistics

  • # Positions Surveyed: 91
  • # Positions Published: 61
  • # Organizations: 128
  • # Observations: 36,804

Based on data from the 2020 Global Drilling Survey. Data minimum and suppression rules account for the difference between the number of positions surveyed and published.

Data Collected

  • Base pay
  • Company structured and discretionary allowances
  • Government mandated or negotiated allowances
  • Retention bonus
  • Rig type

Positions Analyzed

  • Assistant Crane Operator
  • Assistant Driller
  • Ballast Control Operator
  • Crane Operator
  • DeckPusher
  • Derrickman
  • Driller
  • Dynamic Positioning Operator (DPO)
  • Electrician
  • Electronic Technician
  • Floorman/Roughneck
  • Maintenance Supervisor
  • Marine Section Leader/Master
  • Materials Supervisor
  • Mechanic
  • Medic
  • Motorman
  • Offshore Installation Manager (OIM)
  • Pumpman
  • Radio Operator
  • Roustabout
  • Safety Officer
  • Safety Training Officer
  • Senior/Chief Electrician
  • Senior/Chief Electronic Technician
  • Senior/Chief Mechanic
  • Subsea Engineer
  • Toolpusher
  • Welder

Countries Surveyed

North and South America

  • Brazil
  • Mexico
  • United States

Asia Pacific and Oceania

  • Australia
  • India
  • Malaysia
  • Thailand

Africa, Middle East and CIS

  • Angola
  • Saudi Arabia

Survey results are delivered in a published PDF format to your account under My Downloads.


Survey Schedule

  • Questionnaire Distributed: October 21
  • Participation Deadline: November 6
  • Data Effective Date: September 1
  • Publication Date: Late November/Early December


2020 Results Price
Local data 2,150 USD per country (1,850 USD per country with a 3-year commitment)
Expatriate report 2,150 USD per country (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.

2021 survey participation

2021 survey participation opens soon! 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. The act of submitting data to a survey is known as survey participation and your company is then viewed as a participant. 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.
  • Sub TitleSupport your talent strategy in the current environment
  • Ordering TypePDF
  • IsOrderingSetNo
  • AdministrativeFees20
  • Compensation GridShow
  • Short DescriptionSalary data for drilling positions representing land, short-based & offshore.
  • RegionUS

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