For Oklahoma Companies on Fortune’s ‘Best’ List, It’s Not Just About Big Salaries

  • Joe Wertz

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Four Oklahoma Companies made Fortune’s annual “100 Best Companies to Work for” list.

What do Chesapeake Energy, Devon Energy, American Fidelity Assurance and QuikTrip have in common? Not surprisingly: great pay and cool perks.

But there’s something else at work here. And it’s not just super-sized salaries, corporate campus coffee shops or on-site dry cleaners.

The annual pay for the most-common salaried jobs at Oklahoma’s Fortune four are big, ranging from the $178,305 per-year average for an engineer at Devon, to $69,383 for a store manager at QuikTrip.

But the great pay isn’t just limited to the salaried set: Hourly employees of Oklahoma’s Fortune four make great money, too.

For example, the most-common hourly job at Oklahoma City-based American Fidelity Assurance is a customer service representative, according to Fortune. The typical, time card-punching customer service worker there takes home $44,135 a year — that’s 18 percent higher than what the average Oklahoman took home last year.

The average annual wage in Oklahoma was $37,246 in 2011, according to the state Employment Security Commission. Here’s how Oklahoma’s Fortune four compare when it comes to their non-salaried employees.

Annual Wages: “Best” Oklahoma companies vs. average

Chesapeake Energy Lease Operator $77,675 109%
Devon Energy Floorman $58,633 57%
QuikTrip Relief Assistant $44,300 19%
American Fidelity Assurance Customer Service $44,135 18%

Average annual wage in Oklahoma for 2011: $37,246