Salaries soaring for oil workers overseas

As salaries for oil workers in the United States are climbing rapidly, companies with overseas operations are ponying up bigger bucks to attract top talent. A report from recruiting firm Hays found several countries are offering workers more than the average $121,400 they make in the United States.

Further, imported workers often stand to make much more than locals, since they command danger and hardship allowances on top of their base salaries, according to Hays. For instance, Russia’s arctic exploration and China’s emerging shale efforts are demanding skills and experience that draw premium pay.

For oil workers looking to explore new environments, here are the 15 countries where foreign oil and gas workers are making the largest salaries, according to Hays.