Geophysicist Salary

The average pay for a Geophysicist is $99,427 per year. The highest paying skills associated with this job are seismic interpretation, Data Modeling, and Interpretation. Experience strongly influences income for this job.

$53,019 - $176,989

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$18.62 - $106.76

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Salary
$53,019 - $176,989  
   
Bonus
$965 - $37,721  
Profit Sharing
$1,021 - $17,617  
Total Pay (?
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$53,200 - $200,114  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 553
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Hourly Rate
$18.62 - $106.76  
   
Overtime
$18.00 - $63.13  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$965 - $37,721  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,021 - $17,617  
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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$53,200 - $200,114  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 25
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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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Experience Affects Geophysicist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 75%

Experienced
up arrow 27%

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

National Average
$106,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 19%

Skills That Affect Geophysicist Salaries

seismic interpretation
up arrow 32%

Data Modeling
up arrow 29%

Interpretation
up arrow 22%

Data Analysis
up arrow 1%

National Average
$106,000


Oil and Gas Formation Evaluation
up arrow 42%

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
up arrow 47%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 112 votes.

Gender

Female
18 %
Male
82 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 94% dental benefits Dental: 81%
vision benefits Vision: 67% employee benefits None: 5%
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