Years of Experience
Average pay is $80K annually for those with five to nine years of experience. Overall, the greater share of Chicago Bridge and Iron folks have one to four years of experience and earn an average $66K per year.
Engineering Project Managers are the best paid with the average salary hovering at approximately $114K annually; Senior Mechanical Engineers, Project Engineers, and Mechanical Engineers also rank near the top of the list, pulling in around $106K, $97K, and about $93K, respectively. Near the bottom at Chicago Bridge and Iron are Environmental Scientists, pulling in an average of just $52K.
When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (approximately $110K per year) can be spotted in The Woodlands, Texas; Lake Charles, La. (around $92K), Plainfield, Ill. ($78K), and Houston, Texas ($75K) are the next top-paying cities. Aiken, S.C. ranks low on the pay scale — at about $60K, it is one of the lowest-paid cities. The highest pay by state can be found in North Carolina, where salaries average out at $95K annually.
Certifications and Degrees
Being a Certified Professional Engineer certainly has its perks — salaries approach around $120K per year and far exceed the paychecks of those without certification. Acquiring certification to be a Professional Engineer License Holder is rewarded with median pay of $102K annually. At Chicago Bridge and Iron, employees who hold a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) receive the highest salaries at $130K.
When it comes to skills, Contract Management seems to bolster pay the most; employees who claim proficiency also enjoy a median income of approximately $115K per year. Microsoft Excel is regularly seen around here; slightly less than a third of those surveyed report it as a core competency. Project Management, Microsoft Office, and Engineering Design are also desirable skills.
Employees who completed the survey skew strongly male, with a male-to-female ratio of more than 3 to 1.
Benefits and Perks
Chicago Bridge and Iron lets only half of survey participants take paid vacation and only 35 percent take sick leave. A large number of survey participants save for retirement through Chicago Bridge and Iron's 401(k) plan. Perks cover health insurance for a large number of employees and dental coverage for most survey participants. Some other advantages of working at Chicago Bridge and Iron are a stock purchase plan, tuition reimbursement, life insurance, and flexible hours.