Years of Experience
Respondents who have been working for five to nine years make about $80K per year on average. The greater proportion of employees (29 percent) report one to four years of experience and bring home median pay of $65K annually.
When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (approximately $85K per year) can be spotted in Houston, Texas; The Woodlands, Texas ($74K), Columbia, S.C. (around $70K), and Charlotte, N.C. ($66K) are the next top-paying cities. Jenkinsville, S.C. is one of the lowest-paid cities, with earnings averaging approximately $59K. By state, Chicago Bridge and Iron pays its Texas employees the most; the pay rate there is around $84K annually.
Earning $86K per year on average, Project Engineers receive the most money, followed by Structural Engineers ($84K), Quality Assurance Specialists (about $84K), and Process Engineers ($76K). With salaries averaging approximately $62K, Environmental Scientists are among the lowest paid at Chicago Bridge and Iron.
Certifications and Degrees
Being a Certified Professional Engineer certainly has its perks — salaries approach around $97K annually and far exceed the paychecks of those without certification. On average, salaries rise to $90K per year for accredited Project Management Professionals. Chicago Bridge and Iron provides the highest financial reward to those with a Master of Science (MS), Civil Engineering (CE) — these employees rake in $129K annually.
The highest-paying skill to have in this role seems to be Technical Analysis; employees claiming this as part of the toolbox earn a median of $94K per year. Folks here also tend to know Microsoft Excel; on the survey, slightly less than a third of workers named it in their skills portfolios. Other skills in demand are Project Management, Engineering Design, and Microsoft Office.
Benefits and Perks
As part of compensation, Chicago Bridge and Iron gives paid vacation to half of workers and paid sick leave to 38 percent. Almost all survey participants allocate some part of their earnings to the company-sponsored 401(k) savings plan. Health insurance is part of the package for most workers, and for most respondents, dental coverage is too. The list of perks also includes life insurance, a stock purchase plan, tuition reimbursement, and a casual working environment.