Years of Experience
For those with one to four years of experience, median paychecks reach $55K per year. For those with five to nine years of experience, average earnings amount to $80K annually. The greater proportion of employees (27 percent) report 10-19 years of experience and bring home median pay of about $90K per year.
When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (around $135K annually) can be spotted in Port Arthur, Texas; New Orleans, La. ($120K), Houston, Texas (approximately $108K), and Benicia, Calif. ($106K) are the next top-paying cities. San Antonio, Texas is one of the lowest-paid cities, with earnings averaging $68K. By state, Valero Energy Corp pays its Louisiana employees the most; the pay rate there is about $105K per year.
Nearing the top of the pay scale are Mechanical Engineers, Process Engineers, Control Systems Engineers, and Accountants; while the first receives the highest median pay at around $109K annually, the other salaries come in at $90K, approximately $90K, and around $54K, respectively. Near the bottom at Valero Energy Corp are Convenience Store Managers, pulling in an average of just $46K.
Certifications and Degrees
Monetary compensation comes to $122K per year for Professional Engineer License Holders, far surpassing the earnings of non-credentialed workers. On average, salaries rise to $105K annually for accredited OSHA 10 Hour Specialists. Valero Energy Corp provides the highest financial reward to those with a Bachelor of Engineering in Bachelor of Engineering (BEng / BE) — these employees rake in about $122K per year.
In this position, it pays to have Regulatory Compliance in your toolkit; employees who claim proficiency enjoy a higher median salary of approximately $133K annually. It's pretty common to find people here who know Microsoft Excel; around one in four consider it a key competency. Many workers usually know Microsoft Office, Microsoft Word, and Project Management as well.
Benefits and Perks
Paid time off is hard to come by at Valero Energy Corp; the company rewards only one in three employees with paid vacation time and only a fifth of survey participants with sick leave. Employees looking to save up for old age can choose from several options including a 401(k) plan and a company pension plan. A large number of employees receive health insurance, and a fair number of survey participants get dental coverage. Additional benefits of working here are gym membership, tuition reimbursement, and life insurance.