When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (about $135K per year) can be spotted in Port Arthur, Texas; New Orleans, La. ($118K), Benicia, Calif. (approximately $106K), and Houston, Texas ($105K) are the next top-paying cities. Memphis, Tenn. ranks low on the pay scale — at $51K, it is one of the lowest-paid cities. Across Valero Energy Corp's U.S. offices, employees in the state of Louisiana earn the most, taking home around $116K annually.
Years of Experience
Those with one to four years of experience at the company can expect to make about $55K per year on average. Respondents who have been working for five to nine years make $80K annually on average. The greater proportion of employees (31 percent) report 10-19 years of experience and bring home median pay of $91K per year.
Mechanical Engineers represent the higher end of the earnings spectrum — in fact, median pay for this job is the highest at $109K annually — though Control Systems Engineers, Process Engineers, and Accountants also do fairly well at around $105K, approximately $97K, and around $51K, respectively. Refinery Operators at Valero Energy Corp do not see much in the way of financial compensation and represent one of the lower-paid positions (about $45K on average) at the company.
Certifications and Degrees
OSHA 10 Hour Specialists have significantly higher pay than non-accredited workers at $105K per year. Microsoft Office Specialists also rank high on the pay scale, with expected average earnings of approximately $68K annually. At Valero Energy Corp, employees who hold a Master of Business Administration (MBA), Finance receive the highest salaries at $139K.
The highest-paying skill in this position seems to be Operations Management; individuals who report it as part of the repertoire have a median income of $120K per year. One of the more prevalent skills at Valero Energy Corp is Microsoft Excel, with just under one in four considering it a key competency. Data Analysis, Microsoft Office, and Microsoft Word were also reported by many survey participants.
Benefits and Perks
A lucky few (one in four respondents) are fortunate enough to be compensated for both vacation and sick time. With an eye toward the future, Valero Energy Corp offers several choices in retirement planning such as a 401(k) plan and a company pension plan. Health insurance is part of the package for a large number of respondents, and for a strong majority of survey participants, dental coverage is too. The company also dishes out perks such as gym membership, tuition reimbursement, and life insurance.