When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (around $135K annually) can be spotted in Port Arthur, Texas; New Orleans, La. (about $118K), Benicia, Calif. ($106K), and Houston, Texas ($102K) are the next top-paying cities. Those interested in increasing earning potential should avoid the city of San Antonio, Texas — at $61K, salaries are some of the lowest in the country. By state, Louisiana offers the highest pay at approximately $116K per year.
Nearing the top of the pay scale are Mechanical Engineers, Control Systems Engineers, Process Engineers, and Human Resources Analysts; while the first receives the highest median pay at around $109K annually, the other salaries come in at $105K, $97K, and $52K, respectively. Convenience Store Managers make an average approximately $43K, close to the bottom of the company pay scale.
Years of Experience
For those with one to four years of experience, median paychecks reach about $55K per year. For those who claim five to nine years of work experience, pay on average amounts to $92K annually. The largest slice of the Valero Energy Corp workforce (33 percent) has been working for 10-19 years and earns, on average, $86K per year.
Certifications and Degrees
Those lacking certification bring in much lower salaries than OSHA 10 Hour Specialists, who make about $105K annually. Becoming a Certified Public Accountant can certainly pay off here; those folks make $58K on average. It pays to have a Master of Business Administration (MBA), Finance at Valero Energy Corp — these employees make the most at approximately $139K per year.
The highest-paying skill in this position seems to be Regulatory Compliance; individuals who report it as part of the repertoire have a median income of around $116K annually. One of the more prevalent skills at Valero Energy Corp is Microsoft Excel, with nearly one in four considering it a key competency. Key skills also include Data Analysis, Microsoft Office, and Operations Management.
Benefits and Perks
Only 22 percent receive paid vacation and sick leave. Those seeking to set aside retirement funds can rely on several savings options such as a 401(k) plan and a company pension plan. At Valero Energy Corp, a large number of respondents have health insurance, and most employees have dental coverage. A few more workplace perks are gym membership, tuition reimbursement, and life insurance.