Reservoir Engineers are the best paid with the average salary hovering at $195K annually; Petroleum Engineers, Engineering Supervisors, and Geophysicists also rank near the top of the list, pulling in $151K, approximately $125K, and about $110K, respectively. Financial compensation for Cost Accountants is rather low — on average only $63K — relative to the rest of the company.
Years of Experience
Between the one and five year mark, median pay is around $77K per year. Broken down by tenure, the largest share of BHP Billiton employees (35 percent) have five to nine years of experience and earn approximately $84K annually on average.
Across BHP Billiton's U.S. offices, employees in the state of Texas earn the most, taking home about $96K per year.
Certifications and Degrees
Salaries approach $152K annually for Professional Engineer License Holders; non-accredited workers make much less. Certified Professional Engineers with credentials can live quite comfortably; median salaries come in at $98K per year. It pays to have a Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering (ME) at BHP Billiton — these employees make the most at around $208K annually.
When it comes to skills, Reservoir Engineering seems to bolster pay the most; employees who claim proficiency also enjoy a median income of $195K per year. Microsoft Excel also popped up often in the survey as an important skill; nearly one-seventh of employees surveyed report using it at work. Drilling Engineering, Financial Analysis, and Microsoft Office were also reported by many survey participants.
Benefits and Perks
Only half of employees at BHP Billiton enjoy paid vacation time, and just 38 percent can take sick leave. A solid majority of employees take advantage of the 401(k) plan that BHP Billiton sponsors. Health insurance is part of the package for almost all employees, and for the vast majority of survey participants, dental coverage is too. BHP Billiton also dishes out privileges such as life insurance, a stock purchase plan, gym membership, and free drinks.