Reservoir Engineers are awarded the highest paychecks, with compensation nearing approximately $195K annually on average; Petroleum Engineers are next on the list, bringing in close to about $151K, followed by Engineering Supervisors earning $125K and Geophysicists making around $110K. On the lower end are Cost Accountants at $63K on average.
Years of Experience
Between the one and five year mark, median pay is $77K per year. When we consider tenure, a substantial portion of employees (35 percent) have been working for five to nine years and make $84K annually on average.
By state, BHP Billiton pays its Texas employees the most; the pay rate there is around $96K per year.
Certifications and Degrees
Monetary compensation comes to approximately $152K annually for Professional Engineer License Holders, far surpassing the earnings of non-credentialed workers. Certified Professional Engineers also rank high on the pay scale, with expected average earnings of $98K per year. Those with a Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering (ME) at BHP Billiton come out on top, and their salaries approach $208K annually.
In this role, the best-paying skill appears to be Reservoir Engineering; individuals who claim it among their capabilities enjoy a higher median salary of about $195K per year. It's pretty common to find people here who know Microsoft Excel; one in seven consider it a key competency. Other top skills include Drilling Engineering, Financial Analysis, and Microsoft Office.
Benefits and Perks
Paid time off is in short supply here, with only half of employees receiving paid vacation and 38 percent receiving paid sick days. To plan for old age, a strong majority of workers maintain savings accounts through the company's 401(k) plan. For almost all workers, benefits include health insurance, and nearly all survey participants get dental coverage, too. The company also dishes out perks such as life insurance, a stock purchase plan, gym membership, and free drinks.