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Geophysicist Salary

The average pay for a Geophysicist is $99,706 per year. The highest paying skills associated with this job are seismic interpretation and Interpretation. Experience has a moderate effect on income for this job.
$55,153 - $173,800
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MEDIAN: $99,706
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$18.79 - $106.13
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National Salary Data

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$0$70K$140K$210K
Salary
$55,153 - $173,800  
   
Bonus
$996 - $38,983  
Profit Sharing
$1,939 - $18,246  
Total Pay (?
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$55,226 - $201,643  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 624
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$18.79 - $106.13  
   
Overtime
$20.26 - $54.87  
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$996 - $38,983  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,939 - $18,246  
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).
)
$55,226 - $201,643  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 26
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Job Description for Geophysicist

Geophysicists are highly educated scientists who apply their knowledge and studies of the earth and its atmosphere to solve problems. They study all physical aspects of our planet and investigate seismic, gravitational, electrical, thermal and magnetic forces that affect the earth. This information is then compiled and used to prepare navigational charts and maps. They are able to predict atmospheric conditions and put this information into environmental reports. Geophysicists study continental drifts, atmospheric pressure, earthquakes and sometimes other planets. They use their knowledge about physics, geology and atmospheric sciences to establish water supply and flood control programs. Studying specific aspects of geophysics can turn a geophysicist into a geomagetician, glaciologist, oceanographer, physical tectonophysicst or volcanologist.

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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.

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Experience Affects Geophysicist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 81%

Experienced
up arrow 24%

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

National Average
$107,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 18%

Skills That Affect Geophysicist Salaries

seismic interpretation
up arrow 31%

Interpretation
up arrow 23%

Data Analysis
0%

National Average
$107,000


Oil and Gas Formation Evaluation
up arrow 43%

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
up arrow 48%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 158 votes.

Gender

Female
18 %
Male
82 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 94% dental benefits Dental: 82%
vision benefits Vision: 67% employee benefits None: 5%