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Average Salary for BHP Billiton Employees

Salaries are high at BHP Billiton, with employees typically bringing home $98K per year. Though your experience level and where you live do impact pay, what you do at the company is the primary influence on employee salary at BHP Billiton. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

How This Employer Pays

BHP Billiton typically pays:
above market

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Employer: BHP Billiton
Average Salary Range by Job
Job (Number Reporting)
National Data (?
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.
[-]Contract Specialist (4)
$59,971 - $120,960  
[-]Contract Specialist (4)
Salary$53,811 - $97,591  
Bonus$3,232 - $26,258  
Total Pay$59,971 - $120,960  
[+]Petroleum Engineer (4)
$76,409 - $239,329  
[+]Petroleum Engineer (4)
Salary$74,466 - $213,459  
Bonus$3,727 - $52,777  
Total Pay$76,409 - $239,329  
[+]Geologist (3)
$56,389 - $459,804  
[+]Geologist (3)
Salary$55,149 - $342,035  
Bonus$3,960 - $56,389  
Total Pay$56,389 - $459,804  
[+]Division Order Analyst (3)
$53,283 - $98,451  
[+]Division Order Analyst (3)
Salary$47,549 - $81,383  
Bonus$2,334 - $19,042  
Total Pay$53,283 - $98,451  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 82
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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, about $111K, and $80K, respectively. At approximately $63K, Cost Accountants are among the lowest paid at BHP Billiton.

Years of Experience

For those with one to four years of experience, paychecks typically reach around $74K. Broken down by tenure, the largest number of BHP Billiton employees (36 percent) have five to nine years of experience and typically earn 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 (about $87K) and Farmington (around $76K). By state, BHP Billiton pays its Texas employees the most; the pay rate there is $90K annually.

Certifications and Degrees

Professional Engineer License Holders receive bigger paychecks ($174K) than those without credentials. Becoming a Certified Professional Engineer can certainly pay off here; those folks make about $145K. BHP Billiton compensates Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering (ME)-holders the most at around $160K per year.


Employees who count Reservoir Engineering among their skills tend to enjoy higher pay; the median for this group is approximately $195K. A relatively widespread skill at BHP Billiton is Project Management; roughly one in six of employees use it for work. Key skills also include Microsoft Office, Microsoft Excel, and Financial Analysis.

Benefits and Perks

BHP Billiton lets only half of workers take paid vacation and only two in five workers take sick leave. A solid majority of workers report contributing to a 401(k). Health insurance is part of the package for almost all workers, and for nearly all workers, dental coverage is too. A few more workplace perks are life insurance, gym membership, a stock purchase plan, and a subsidized cell phone.

Key Stats

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

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