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ECI conducts major national compensation surveys annually for the Oil and Gas Exploration and Production, Environmental, and Energy Industries. Strictly controlled to maximize quality and relevance, our exclusive surveys are only distributed to participating companies. To qualify for participation, companies must meet peer compatibility requirements, which contribute to survey product effectiveness. We work directly with qualified Executive Management and Human Resources Management during the collection process, emphasizing data accuracy and confidentiality. Ultimately, survey data are meticulously screened and aggregated in compliance with anti-trust regulations by our expert analysts to ensure excellence with valid and consistent results.

Technology

ECI survey questionnaires are all hosted on our secure Web site. Account credentials are distributed to each eligible company's authorized contact at the beginning of each survey cycle. ECI maintains strict policies for site access to ensure complete confidentiality of particpant data. Survey data collection is segmented by: Incumbent Data and Administrative Policies/Practices, annually. Benefits Practices/Policies or Hot Topics information is collected in alternating years. Incumbent data may optionally be bulk imported, using an Excel template. Data input is validated in real-time as it is entered or imported and must be complete and accurate before data submission is accepted. ECI performs several content validation processes after data submission, producing comprehensive and accurate final results.

Established in 1996, the ECI Oil and Gas E&P compensation survey has become the premier survey for the Exploration & Production industry. In a challenging market, where attracting and retaining top talent is increasingly competitive, this survey is indispensable to companies building and maintaining effective compensation plans.

2016 Survey Highlights

In 2016, 92 participating companies submitted data for 363 E&P positions. Participating company types included independent and subsidiary, public and private combinations. These exploration and production companies were categorized small to large by revenue, and represent a diversity of regional and offshore locations. Final results for more than 27,000 incumbents feature various salary data cuts, including company revenues, E&P capital budgets, geographic location, and position specific scope data, as well as overall by position.

2016 Participating Companies


  • Alta Mesa Services, LP
  • ANKOR Energy LLC
  • Antero Resources Corporation
  • Approach Resources Inc.
  • Aramco Services Company
  • Aspect Management Corporation
  • Bill Barrett Corporation
  • Bonanza Creek Energy, Inc.
  • BTA Oil Producers LLC
  • California Resources Corporation
  • Ceja Corporation
  • Chaparral Energy, L.L.C.
  • COG Operating LLC
  • CONSOL Energy, Inc.
  • Contango Oil & Gas Company
  • Crescent Point Energy Corp.
  • CrownQuest Operating, LLC.
  • Denbury Resources Inc.
  • Diamondback Energy, Inc.
  • Discovery Natural Resources LLC
  • Duncan Oil Properties, Inc.
  • Eclipse Resources Corporation
  • Energen Resources
  • Enerplus Resources (USA)
  • eni U.S. Operating Co., Inc.
  • EOG Resources, Inc.
  • EQT Corporation
  • Extraction Oil & Gas, LLC
  • Fasken Oil and Ranch, Ltd.
  • Fieldwood Energy LLC
  • FourPoint Energy, LLC
  • Freeport-McMoRan Oil & Gas
  • Great Western Drilling Company
  • Henry Resources LLC
  • Indigo Minerals LLC
  • Jonah Energy LLC
  • Jones Energy, Inc.
  • Kinder Morgan CO2
  • Lake Ronel Oil Company
  • Laredo Petroleum, Inc.
  • Lewis Energy Group
  • LINN Energy
  • Mack Energy Company
  • Macpherson Oil Company
  • Memorial Resource Development Corp.
  • Merit Energy Company
  • Mewbourne Oil Company
  • Midstates Petroleum Company, Inc.
  • Mountaineer Keystone LLC
  • Mustang Fuel Corporation
  • Newfield Exploration Company
  • Oasis Petroleum
  • Panhandle Oil and Gas Inc.
  • PDC Energy, Inc.
  • Penn Virginia Corporation
  • Petroglyph Energy, Inc.
  • Petro-Hunt, L.L.C.
  • Pioneer Natural Resources USA, Inc.
  • Questar Corporation
  • R. Lacy Services, Ltd.
  • Range Resources Corporation
  • Reliance Energy, Inc.
  • Repsol Services Company
  • Rex Energy Operating Corporation
  • RSP Permian, Inc.
  • Sabine Oil & Gas Corporation
  • Samson Energy Company, LLC
  • Samson Resources
  • Sanchez Energy Corporation
  • SandRidge Energy, Inc.
  • Seneca Resources Corporation
  • Sheridan Production Company, LLC
  • Silver Creek Oil & Gas, LLC
  • Sinclair Services Company
  • SM Energy Company
  • Stone Energy Corporation
  • Surge Operating, LLC
  • Swift Energy Company
  • Talisman Energy USA, Inc.
  • Talos Energy LLC
  • Tema Oil and Gas Company
  • Tug Hill Operating
  • Ultra Petroleum Corp.
  • Unit Corporation
  • Vantage Energy, LLC
  • Venoco, Inc.
  • Vernon E. Faulconer, Inc.
  • Wagner Oil Company
  • Whiting Petroleum Corporation
  • WPX Energy
  • Yates Petroleum Corporation
  • Yuma Energy, Inc.

Participation and Cost

This is a participant only survey, open to Oil and Gas firms with full-time employees actually performing Exploration and Production activities on owned assets from which the company earns revenue in the U.S. Company size, revenue levels and employee types are also considered. Only organizations that participate and sign a confidentiality agreement may receive the results.

To inquire about eligibility, an authorized company official may submit a request using the form on the Contact Us page of this site. ECI does not accept requests from consultants or directly from individual employees. If you represent a company interested in participating in this survey, please have an authorized company official initiate an inquiry. The cost for survey results is disclosed to eligible companies upon qualification.

Survey Schedule

April 1 – Data Effective Date
Early Summer – Data Submission Deadline

Invitations to participate in the survey are distributed in early April; final results are available for download beginning in late July to early August.

Survey Features

Participants of this robust survey gain valuable insight into peer practices, facilitating competitive compensation planning. More than 350 job positions are surveyed, including multiple levels of Top Management, Energy E&P Management, Professionals, and Support, as well as General Industry Management, Professionals, and Support. The results of this survey are comprehensive, including the following incumbent compensation data metrics:

  • Base Salaries
  • Short-Term Incentive/Bonus (eligibility, targets, amounts)
  • Total Cash (Base + Short-term Incentive)
  • Long-Term Incentive (eligibility, prevalence, amounts, overall and by plan type)
  • Total Direct Compensation (Total Cash + Long-Term Incentive)
  • Position Specific “Scope” Data (e.g., function, experience, FLSA status, etc...)

Incumbent data are strategically aggregated to provide participating companies with multi-dimensional perspective of the market data compared to organizational characteristics. Aligning the data to organizational structure and goals streamlines communication and accelerates relevant compensation decisions.

In addition, policy practices are surveyed and aggregated to provide a total compensation picture. Some topics are surveyed annually, some bi-annually. Following is a partial list of topics:

Administrative Practices
(Annual Questionnaire)

  • Salary Increase Budgets
  • Market Position
  • Short-term Incentive Practices
  • Long-term Incentive Practices
  • Retention/Recruiting Bonuses
  • Turnover Rates

Benefits Practices
(Even Year Questionnaire)

  • Health Care
  • Income Replacement
  • Retirement
  • Paid Time Off
  • Work/Life Benefits
  • Cost Burden

Hot Topics
(Odd Year Questionnaire)

  • Relocation
  • Employee Perquisites
  • Succession Planning
  • Severance Policy
  • Current Important HR Issues

The ECI Energy Operations compensation survey, established in 2014, provides comprehensive position data for Midstream/Pipeline, Drilling Rig and Oilfield Services organizations. In a challenging market, where attracting and retaining top talent is increasingly competitive, this survey is indispensable to companies building and maintaining effective compensation plans.

2016 Survey Highlights

In 2016, 21 participating companies submitted data for 120 Energy Operations positions. Participating company types included independent and subsidiary, public and private combinations. These Midstream/Pipeline, Drilling Rig and Oilfield Services companies were categorized small to large by revenue, and represent a diversity of regional locations. Final results feature various salary data cuts, including company revenues, geographic location, and entity types, as well as overall by position.

2016 Participating Companies


  • Antero Resources Corporation
  • Approach Resources Inc
  • Chaparral Energy, LLC
  • CONSOL Energy, Inc.
  • Denbury Resources Inc.
  • EOG Resources, Inc.
  • EQT Corporation
  • Flex Leasing Power and Service, LLC
  • Koch Pipeline Company, L.P.
  • Kinder Morgan Inc.
  • Lewis Energy Group
  • Maverick Drilling & Exploration USA, Inc.
  • Memorial Production Partners, LP
  • Merit Energy Company
  • Mustang Fuel Corporation
  • Newfield Exploration Company
  • Pioneer Natural Resources USA, Inc.
  • Range Resources
  • SandRidge Energy, Inc.
  • Seventy Seven Energy
  • Whiting Petroleum Corporation

Participation and Cost

This is a participant only survey, open to companies with U.S.-based Energy Operations in Midstream/Pipeline, Drilling Rig, or Oilfield Services. Company size, revenue levels and employee types are also considered. Only organizations that participate and sign a confidentiality agreement may receive the results.

To inquire about eligibility, an authorized company official may submit a request using the form on the Contact Us page of this site. ECI does not accept requests from consultants or directly from individual employees. If you represent a company interested in participating in this survey, please have an authorized company official initiate an inquiry. The cost for survey results is disclosed to eligible companies upon qualification.

Survey Features

Participants of this robust survey gain valuable insight into peer practices, facilitating competitive compensation planning. More than 350 job positions are surveyed, including multiple levels of Top Management, Energy Operations Management, Professionals, and Support, as well as General Industry Management, Professionals, and Support. The comprehensive results of this survey include the following incumbent compensation data metrics:

  • Base Salaries
  • Short-Term Incentive/Bonus (eligibility, targets, amounts)
  • Total Cash (Base + Short-term Incentive)
  • Long-Term Incentive (eligibility, prevalence, amounts)
  • Total Direct Compensation (Total Cash + Long-Term Incentive)
  • Position Specific “Scope” Data (e.g., specialty, FLSA status, etc...)

Incumbent data are strategically aggregated to provide participating companies with multi-dimensional perspective of the market data compared to organizational characteristics. Aligning the data to organizational structure and goals streamlines communication and accelerates relevant compensation decisions.

The ECI Environmental, Engineering, Architecture and Construction (EEAC) Compensation Survey was established in 1993 as a survey for the Environmental industry and expanded in 2016 to include Engineering, Architecture and Construction positions. ECI's EEAC Compensation Survey is the most comprehensive survey targeting firms that provide services to other organizations or perform services within these industries. In a challenging market, where attracting and retaining top talent is increasingly competitive, this survey is indispensable to companies building and maintaining effective compensation plans.

2016 Survey Highlights

In 2016, 12 participating companies submitted data for 121 positions. Participating company types included independent, subsidiary and division structures, within government, public and private entities. These environmental services companies were categorized small to large by revenue, and reported employees located in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Final results feature various salary data cuts including company revenues, employee count, geographic location, and position specific scope data, as well as overall by position.

2016 Participating Companies


  • AMEC Foster Wheeler Environment & Infrastructure, Inc.
  • Cardno, Inc.
  • EA Engineering, Science, & Technology, Inc.
  • Ecology and Environment, Inc.
  • Environmental Restoration, LLC
  • Environmental Science Associates (ESA)
  • ERM Group, Inc.
  • Gradient Corporation
  • Ramboll Environ
  • SCS Engineers, Inc.
  • TRC Companies, Inc.
  • Veolia North America

Participation and Cost

This is a participant only survey, limited to firms with full-time employees that provide the following environmental, engineering, architecture or construction services to other firms in the U.S.:

  • Air Quality
  • Analytical Laboratory
  • Architecture & Design Services
  • Asbestos Abatement
  • Building Information Modeling
  • Construction Engineering
  • Design-Build Services
  • Engineering & Design Services
  • Environmental Legal Assistance
  • Environmental Research
  • Hazardous Waste (nuclear & non-nuclear)
  • Incineration
  • Remediation
  • Solid Waste Disposal
  • Waste Transportation
  • Waste Water Treatment

Only organizations that participate and sign a confidentiality agreement may receive the results. To inquire about eligibility, an authorized company official may submit a request using the methods listed on the Contact Us page of this site. ECI does not accept requests from consultants or directly from individual employees. If you represent a company interested in participating in this survey, please have an authorized official initiate an inquiry. The cost for survey results is disclosed to eligible companies upon qualification.

Survey Schedule

May 1 – Data Effective Date
Late June – Data Submission Deadline

Invitations to participate in the survey are distributed in early May; final results are available for download beginning in September.

Survey Features

Participants of this detailed survey gain valuable insight into peer practices, facilitating competitive compensation planning. More than 325 job positions are surveyed, including multiple levels of Top Management, Management, Scientific, Professional, Laboratory, and Support, both technical and general industry. The results of this survey are comprehensive, including the following incumbent compensation data metrics:

  • Base Salaries
  • Short-Term Incentive/Bonus (eligibility, targets, amounts)
  • Total Cash (Base + Short-term Incentive)
  • Long-Term Incentive (% eligible vs. % received)
  • FLSA Status

Incumbent data are strategically aggregated to provide participating companies with multi-dimensional perspective of the market data compared to organizational characteristics. Aligning the data to organizational structure and goals streamlines communication and accelerates relevant compensation decisions.

In addition, policy practices are surveyed and aggregated to provide a total compensation picture. Following is a partial list of topics:

Administrative Practices
(Annual Questionnaire)

  • Salary Increase Budgets
  • Market Position
  • Short-term Incentive Practices
  • Long-term Incentive Practices
  • Retention/Recruiting Bonuses
  • Turnover Rates