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Compensation Surveys

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.

2018 Survey Highlights

In 2018, 98 companies submitted data for 384 E&P positions. Publicly traded and independent, stand-alone and subsidiary organizations participated in the survey. These exploration and production companies were categorized small to large by revenue, and represent a diversity of regional and offshore locations. The final results report, comprised of data for more than 27,000 incumbents, features multi-dimensional perspectives of the market data, including company revenues, E&P capital budgets, geographic location, and position specific scope data, as well as overall aggregation by position.

2018 Participating Companies


  • Aethon Energy Operations, LLC
  • Alta Mesa Services, LP
  • Amplify Energy Corp.
  • ANKOR Energy LLC
  • Antero Resources Corporation
  • Approach Resources Inc.
  • Arsenal Resources
  • BASA Resources, Inc.
  • Berry Petroleum Company, LLC
  • Bonanza Creek Energy, Inc.
  • BTA Oil Producers LLC
  • California Resources Corporation
  • Callon Petroleum Company
  • Carrizo Oil & Gas
  • Castleton Resources LLC
  • Ceja Corporation
  • Centennial Resources Development, Inc.
  • Chaparral Energy, L.L.C.
  • Cimarex Energy Co.
  • CNX Resources (CONSOL Energy, Inc)
  • Concho Resources
  • Contango Oil & Gas Company
  • Covey Park Energy
  • Crescent Point Energy Corp.
  • Crestone Peak Resources LLC
  • CrownQuest Operating, LLC.
  • Denbury Resources Inc.
  • Diamondback Energy, Inc.
  • Discovery Natural Resources LLC
  • Duncan Oil Properties, Inc.
  • Eclipse Resources Corporation
  • Elk Petroleum, Inc.
  • Energen Resources Corporation
  • Enerplus Resources (USA)
  • EnerVest, Ltd.
  • 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
  • Great Western Drilling LTD
  • Great Western Oil and Gas Company
  • Henry Resources LLC
  • HighPoint Resources (Bill Barrett Corp)
  • Independence Res Management LLC
  • Indigo Natural Resources LLC
  • Jagged Peak Energy LLC
  • Jetta Operating Company, Inc.
  • Jonah Energy LLC
  • Jones Energy, Inc.
  • Kinder Morgan
  • Laredo Petroleum, Inc.
  • Lewis Energy Group
  • Mack Energy Company
  • Macpherson Oil Company
  • Maverick Natural Resources, LLC (Breitburn Management Company LLC)
  • Merit Energy Company
  • Mewbourne Oil Company
  • Midstates Petroleum Company, Inc.
  • Mustang Fuel Corporation
  • Newfield Exploration Company
  • Nine Point Energy, LLC (Triangle Petroleum)
  • Oasis Petroleum
  • PDC Energy, Inc.
  • Penn Virginia Corporation
  • R. Lacy Services, Ltd.
  • Range Resources Corporation
  • Resolute Energy Corporation
  • Rex Energy Operating Corporation
  • Rockall Energy (PetroHarvester Operating Company, LLC)
  • Sabinal Energy, LLC
  • Sabine Oil & Gas Corporation
  • Sable Permian Resources LLC
  • Samson Energy Company, LLC
  • Samson Resources II Opco, LLC
  • Sanchez Energy Corporation
  • SandRidge Energy, Inc.
  • Seneca Resources Company, LLC
  • Sentinel Peak Resources
  • Sheridan Production Company, LLC
  • SM Energy Company
  • SRC Energy Inc.
  • Surge Operating, LLC
  • SilverBow Resources Operating, LLC (Swift Energy Company)
  • Talos Energy LLC (acquired Stone Energy)
  • Terra Energy Partners Management LLC
  • Titan Energy, LLC
  • Tug Hill Operating
  • Ultra Petroleum Corp.
  • Unit Corporation
  • Vanguard Natural Resources, Inc.
  • Vernon E. Faulconer, Inc.
  • Wagner Oil Company
  • Whiting Petroleum Corporation
  • WPX Energy, Inc.
  • 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. The final results report is 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 370 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 perspectives 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.