Years of Experience
Respondents who have been working for five to nine years make about $79K per year on average. The largest slice of the Chicago Bridge and Iron workforce (31 percent) has been working for one to four years and earns, on average, $65K annually.
Project Engineers rake in the most money, with average earnings of $88K per year; Structural Engineers come in second with average earnings amounting to $84K, while Process Engineers and Field Engineers rank near the top as well (approximately $76K and around $65K, respectively). Among the lower-paid positions at Chicago Bridge and Iron are Environmental Scientists — the median salary for this role approaches about $62K.
When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck ($85K annually) can be spotted in Houston, Texas; The Woodlands, Texas ($74K), Chicago, Ill. ($69K), and Charlotte, N.C. (approximately $66K) are the next top-paying cities. On the lower end is Jenkinsville, S.C. at around $59K. Across its U.S. offices, the state of California pays Chicago Bridge and Iron the most — $91K per year on average.
Certifications and Degrees
Certified Professional Engineers are compensated at a much higher rate than non-authorized workers, bringing in close to approximately $99K annually. Project Management Professionals with credentials can live quite comfortably; median salaries come in at about $90K per year. The highest-paying degree here is a Master of Science (MS), Civil Engineering (CE); Chicago Bridge and Iron awards $129K to these degree-holders.
In this role, the best-paying skill appears to be Technical Analysis; individuals who claim it among their capabilities enjoy a higher median salary of around $100K annually. Project Management is a popular skill among Chicago Bridge and Iron workers, with just under a third of those surveyed reporting using it on the job. Microsoft Excel, Engineering Design, and Microsoft Office round out the set of key employee skills.
Benefits and Perks
Paid time off is hard to come by at Chicago Bridge and Iron; the company rewards only 45 percent with paid vacation time and only 36 percent with sick leave. For employees looking to save up for their golden years, Chicago Bridge and Iron provides an optional 401(k) plan, and almost all workers participate. Health insurance comes as part of the deal for the vast majority of respondents, and most respondents report receiving dental coverage as well. Perks also include a stock purchase plan, life insurance, tuition reimbursement, and a company cell phone.