Oil and gas professionals are better paid than senior staff in nearly every other major industry and salaries are set to increase this year, according to a new survey.

The Hays Oil & Gas survey report shows employees in the oil and gas industry are earning an average permanent staff salary of more than $75,000 globally.

Most countries pay imported skills at a premium rate except from Norway, Canada and Australia, while Oman is the lowest payer of imported labour, the survey reveals.

Indonesia pays the lowest average salary for its local workforce. It is, however, the second highest payer to employees it imports, according to the report.

For employees working in subsea and pipelines, production management and geoscience were on top, with subsea leading the way on an average of $109,000 a year.