Average Salary for BHP Billiton Employees

BHP Billiton offers hefty wages with the average worker making $98K per year. Your role at the company primarily drives compensation; however, your experience level and geography are also reported as secondary influences on salary at BHP Billiton. The data for this report comes from responses to the PayScale salary survey.

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How This Employer Pays

BHP Billiton typically pays:
above market
Similar employers pay:
above market
Employer: BHP Billiton
Average Salary Range by Job
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XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
[-]Petroleum Engineer (5)
$77,831 - $241,895  
[-]Petroleum Engineer (5)
Salary$74,376 - $210,704  
Bonus$3,705 - $60,121  
Total Pay$77,831 - $241,895  
[+]Contract Specialist (4)
$61,579 - $121,406  
[+]Contract Specialist (4)
Salary$54,102 - $97,572  
Bonus$1,935 - $31,742  
Total Pay$61,579 - $121,406  
[+]Geologist (3)
$56,083 - $379,829  
[+]Geologist (3)
Salary$54,910 - $362,587  
Bonus$4,336 - $69,705  
Total Pay$56,083 - $379,829  
[+]Administrative Assistant (3)
$33,886 - $77,141  
[+]Administrative Assistant (3)
Salary$40,658 - $74,042  
Bonus$419.95 - $8,591  
Total Pay$33,886 - $77,141  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Nov 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 84
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About This Company

Melbourne 3000


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Reservoir Engineers represent the higher end of the earnings spectrum — in fact, median pay for this job is the highest at $195K — though Petroleum Engineers, Geologists, and Financial Analysts also do fairly well at $141K, approximately $111K, and around $80K, respectively. Financial compensation for Cost Accountants is rather low — only $63K — relative to the rest of the company.

Years of Experience

Workers who have been with the company for more than one year but less than five can typically make about $74K. When we consider tenure, a substantial portion of employees (36 percent) have been working for five to nine years and make approximately $83K annually.


Residents of Houston pick up paychecks that are higher than any other city — the median salary is $94K per year; other top-paying cities include North Houston ($87K) and Farmington (around $87K). By state, the highest pay levels are found in Texas, where the average BHP Billiton employee makes $88K annually.

Certifications and Degrees

Being a Professional Engineer License Holder certainly has its perks — salaries approach about $174K and far exceed the paychecks of those without certification. Acquiring certification to be a Certified Professional Engineer is rewarded at $145K per year. Employees who have a Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering (ME) make the most here, hauling in about $160K annually.


The highest-paying skill to have may be Reservoir Engineering; employees who claim proficiency also report a higher average salary of around $195K. Project Management also popped up often in the survey as an important skill; one in six of employees surveyed report using it at work. Employees also tend to round out their skills sets with Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Financial Analysis.

Benefits and Perks

Although the firm compensates close to one-half for vacation days, it only pays two in five workers for sick time. The greater part of workers take advantage of the 401(k) plan that BHP Billiton sponsors. Health insurance comes as part of the deal for the vast majority of workers, and a strong majority of workers report receiving dental coverage as well. Privileges also include life insurance, gym membership, a stock purchase plan, and a subsidized cell phone.

Key Stats for BHP Billiton


36 %
64 %
$48,858 - $81,521
$64,285 - $146,519
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 21 votes.

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