Geophysicist Salary (United States)

The average pay for a Geophysicist is $100,356 per year. The highest paying skills associated with this job are seismic interpretation and Interpretation. Experience strongly influences income for this job.
Geophysicist Salary (?
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$54,739 - $172,428
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MEDIAN: $100,355
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Geophysicist Salary (?
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$19.07 - $176.16
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MEDIAN: $34.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$70K$140K$210K
Salary
$54,739 - $172,428  
   
Bonus
$1,001 - $38,504  
Profit Sharing
$2,414 - $19,568  
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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$54,896 - $201,411  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 619
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$60$120$180
Hourly Rate
$19.07 - $176.16  
   
Overtime
$20.26 - $54.87  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$120K$240K$360K
Bonus
$1,001 - $38,504  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,414 - $19,568  
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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$54,896 - $201,411  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 28
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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

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Pay Difference By Location

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$109,000
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Experience Affects Geophysicist Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$109,000
Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Geophysicist Salaries

seismic interpretation
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Interpretation
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National Average
$109,000
Oil and Gas Formation Evaluation
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Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
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Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
18%
female alumni
 
Male
82%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 93% dental benefits Dental: 82%
vision benefits Vision: 66% employee benefits None: 5%