Petroleum Engineers earn the highest median pay at approximately $154K per year, followed by Reservoir Engineers ($140K), Geophysicists (about $110K), and Accountants ($83K). Earning only $62K on average, Administrative Assistants make less than most people in the company.
Years of Experience
For those with one to four years of experience, median paychecks reach around $90K annually. The largest slice of the BHP Billiton workforce (36 percent) has been working for five to nine years and earns, on average, $90K per year.
By state, BHP Billiton pays its Texas employees the most; the pay rate there is $97K annually.
Certifications and Degrees
Professional Engineer License Holders receive bigger paychecks (about $152K per year) than those without credentials. Notary Publics also rank high on the pay scale, with expected average earnings of $69K annually. It pays to have a Master of Science (MS), Civil Engineering (CE) at BHP Billiton — these employees make the most at around $174K per year.
The highest-paying skill in this position seems to be Drilling Engineering; individuals who report it as part of the repertoire have a median income of approximately $157K annually. One of the more prevalent skills at BHP Billiton is Microsoft Excel, with a little less than a fifth considering it a key competency. Employees also tend to know Microsoft Office, Financial Analysis, and Office Administration.
Benefits and Perks
Company benefits — namely paid time off for both vacation and sick leave — are received by just half of workers. A fair number of employees plan for retirement by taking advantage of the company-sponsored 401(k) program. Almost all employees receive health insurance, and nearly all employees get dental coverage. The company also dishes out perks such as gym membership, free drinks, a stock purchase plan, and a subsidized cell phone.