Average total pay: $146,739For: Engineer*
Best Companies rank: 64
This independent oil and gas driller pays well and piles on the benefits: stock options, scholarships to children of employees, dollar-for-dollar match of employee contributions to a 401(k) plan up to 6 percent of pay and a pension plan.
The company has a stated policy to provide base salaries above market averages. Employees at all levels are eligible for annual bonuses and additional stock options, and benefit plans are the same for everyone.
Last updated January 22 2008: 3:23 PM ET