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Average Salary for BHP Billiton Employees

Generous compensation can be found at BHP Billiton; employee salaries often surpass six figures and average pay comes to $105K annually. For the most part, employee paychecks at BHP Billiton fluctuate depending on what you do at the company; how long you've been working and geography also matter, but to a lesser degree. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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BHP Billiton typically pays:
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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.
[-]Petroleum Engineer (4)
$76,572 - $231,812  
[-]Petroleum Engineer (4)
Salary$76,958 - $251,683  
Bonus$3,578 - $57,872  
Total Pay$76,572 - $231,812  
[+]Administrative Assistant (3)
$32,712 - $77,955  
[+]Administrative Assistant (3)
Salary$38,815 - $74,827  
Bonus$384.10 - $6,983  
Total Pay$32,712 - $77,955  
[+]Accountant (3)
$57,604 - $109,571  
[+]Accountant (3)
Salary$54,477 - $92,968  
Bonus$2,059 - $18,635  
Total Pay$57,604 - $109,571  
[+]Geophysicist (3)
$64,691 - $302,326  
[+]Geophysicist (3)
Salary$55,550 - $198,365  
Total Pay$64,691 - $302,326  
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XPrecise ranges are calculated based on validated data submitted by employees in this job at this company.
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XWhen PayScale has limited employee-submitted data, we base estimated ranges on a broader set of relevant employee profiles to calculate the most accurate ranges for this job at this company.
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 29 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 70

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Bringing in the most money are Reservoir Engineers — their earnings average $195K annually. Petroleum Engineers are a close second at $138K along with Marketing Managers ($128K) and Engineering Supervisors (around $125K). BHP Billiton hands out some of the smallest paychecks to Cost Accountants (approximately $63K on average).

Years of Experience

Workers who have been with the company for more than one year but less than five can make about $79K per year on average. The largest slice of the BHP Billiton workforce (37 percent) has been working for five to nine years and earns, on average, around $83K annually.


By state, BHP Billiton pays its New Mexico employees the most; the pay rate there is $109K per year.

Certifications and Degrees

Professional Engineer License Holders earn approximately $152K annually, far more than their non-accredited counterparts. Certified Professional Engineers with credentials can live quite comfortably; median salaries come in at about $98K per year. BHP Billiton provides the highest financial reward to those with a Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering (ME) — these employees rake in $208K annually.


When it comes to skills, Reservoir Engineering seems to bolster pay the most; employees who claim proficiency also enjoy a median income of $195K per year. Folks here also tend to know Microsoft Office; on the survey, one in seven of workers named it in their skills portfolios. Many workers usually know Project Management, Financial Analysis, and Drilling Engineering as well.

Benefits and Perks

The benefits packages at BHP Billiton can sometimes lack paid time off; one-half of workers get paid vacation days, and 38 percent receive paid sick leave. A fair number of employees participate in a 401(k) program. The vast majority of survey participants report having health insurance, and nearly all employees report having dental coverage. Some other perks are gym membership, life insurance, a stock purchase plan, and a company cell phone.

Key Stats for BHP Billiton


36 %
64 %
$47,519 - $82,965
$66,936 - $157,976
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more
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