The average salary for an oil and gas employee who is not in a management role rose £5,000 in two years to reach £47,168, according to data based on advertisements on the s1jobs website. IT and telecommunications was next, with an average salary of £43,930, which was up £4,000 over 24 months.
Gavin Mochan, head of sales with S1 jobs, said: "The high salaries in the oil and gas sector will not be a surprise to many and our findings do reinforce that the industry is growing faster than others in Scotland. However, it's fantastic to see specialist skills such as IT/Telecommunications also enjoying similar growth and not trailing very far behind. In general these findings illustrate a very healthy picture of the job market in Scotland, following such a tough economic period and we are definitely seeing very positive signs."
Also making the top five were engineering and technical, financial services and procurement.