Geophysicist Salary

The average pay for a Geophysicist is $98,291 per year. The highest paying skills associated with this job are seismic interpretation, Data Modeling, and Interpretation. Experience strongly influences income for this job.

$51,083 - $178,046
(Median)
$51K
$98K
$180K
MEDIAN: $98,290
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$19.14 - $104.80
(Median)
$19
$32
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MEDIAN: $32.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Salary
$51,083 - $178,046  
   
Bonus
$75.00 - $39,942  
Profit Sharing
$986 - $19,421  
Commission
$7,000  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$50,750 - $199,686  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 524
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$19.14 - $104.80  
   
Overtime
$16.50 - $59.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$75.00 - $39,942  
   
Commission
$7,000  
Profit Sharing
$986 - $19,421  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$50,750 - $199,686  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 29
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Job Description for Geophysicist

Geophysicists study the earth using a variety of methods, including gravitational, magnetic, electrical, and seismic. They may work independently or as important members of a geoscience team. Positions vary in responsibility, location, and content. Some geophysicists spend most of their time working indoors, using computers for data modeling and calculations. Others work outdoors doing earth studies, including those who use their skills to find resources such as oil, copper, iron, and other minerals.

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Geophysicist Tasks

  • Review and write contracts and specifications for geophysical work, including budgets and timelines.
  • Create and verify seismic, AVO, and other types of models to assess feasibility, safety, and returns.
  • Use software to create and interpret 2- and 3-dimensional geophysical data to identify and evaluate sites.
  • Generate prospective locations, recommend coordinates, and document assumptions and calculations.

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Pay by Experience Level for Geophysicist

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $102,503

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Experience Affects Geophysicist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 83%

Experienced
up arrow 30%

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

National Average
$103,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 18%

Skills That Affect Geophysicist Salaries

seismic interpretation
up arrow 36%

Data Modeling
up arrow 25%

Interpretation
up arrow 22%

Data Analysis
up arrow 3%

National Average
$103,000


Oil and Gas Formation Evaluation
up arrow 40%

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
up arrow 46%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 102 votes.

Gender

Female
18 %
Male
82 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 94%
dental benefits
Dental: 81%
medical benefits
Vision: 69%
dental benefits
None: 5%
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