When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (approximately $118K per year) can be spotted in New Orleans, La.; Houston, Texas ($102K), Benicia, Calif. ($88K), and Corpus Christi, Texas (about $81K) are the next top-paying cities. Approaching the lower end of the pay scale (at $60K) is San Antonio, Texas. U.S. pay levels are highest in the state of Louisiana; salaries there average to around $118K annually.
The highest paychecks go to Process Engineers, who earn an average $94K per year, closely trailed by Accounting Specialists (approximately $60K), Human Resources Analysts (about $56K), and Accountants ($50K). Associate Accountants make an average $45K, close to the bottom of the company pay scale.
Years of Experience
For those with one to four years of experience, median paychecks reach around $66K annually. For those who claim five to nine years of work experience, pay on average amounts to approximately $85K per year. The greater proportion of employees (31 percent) report 10-19 years of experience and bring home median pay of $80K annually.
Certifications and Degrees
Engineer in Trainings receive bigger paychecks (around $92K per year) than those without credentials. Becoming a Certified Public Accountant can certainly pay off here; those folks make $58K on average. Valero Energy Corp workers who hold a Master of Science (MS), Chemical Engineering are also well compensated, earning about $128K on average.
In this position, it pays to have Regulatory Compliance in your toolkit; employees who claim proficiency enjoy a higher median salary of $119K annually. A common skill in Valero Energy Corp's work force is Project Management; slightly less than one-fifth of survey participants report using it on the job. Three more common skills are Microsoft Excel, Chemical Process Engineering, and Financial Reporting.
Benefits and Perks
The company does pay out vacation and sick days, but these benefits are received by only a quarter of respondents. It's easy to build up retirement reserves here with programs such as a 401(k) plan and a company pension plan. Health insurance is part of the package for a large number of employees, and for most workers, dental coverage is too. Valero Energy Corp folks also make good use of life insurance, gym membership, and tuition reimbursement.