Reservoir Engineers rake in the most money, with average earnings of approximately $190K per year; Petroleum Engineers come in second with average earnings amounting to $140K, while Geophysicists and Administrative Assistants rank near the top as well (around $121K and $62K, respectively).
Within the company, workers earn the highest salaries (an average of about $122K annually) in Texas.
Years of Experience
Those who have five to nine years of work experience see average salaries of $90K per year. Between the one and five year mark, median pay is $110K annually. Broken down by tenure, the largest share of BHP Billiton employees (35 percent) have 10-19 years of experience and earn around $110K per year on average.
Certifications and Degrees
Those lacking certification bring in much lower salaries than Engineer in Trainings, who make approximately $83K annually. Earning a Notary Public certification garners significant financial rewards of about $69K per year on average. At BHP Billiton, employees who hold a Bachelor of Science in Bachelor of Science (BS / BSc) receive the highest salaries at $127K.
The highest-paying skill to have in this role seems to be Drilling Engineering; employees claiming this as part of the toolbox earn a median of $140K annually. A relatively widespread skill at BHP Billiton is Microsoft Excel; one-fifth of employees use it for work. Employees also tend to round out their skills sets with Office Administration, Powerpoint, and Data Analysis.
Benefits and Perks
A majority of respondents save up for retirement through a 401(k) plan. For a large number of employees, benefits include health insurance, and a large number of respondents get dental coverage, too. Additional benefits of working here are a subsidized cell phone, a stock purchase plan, gym membership, free drinks, and life insurance.