The average pay for a Geophysicist is $95,256 per year. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this career. The highest paying skills associated with this job are seismic interpretation, Interpretation, and Data Analysis. Experience strongly influences income for this job.

$50,483 - $156,529
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$15.32 - $48.94
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MEDIAN: $25.00
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$50,483 - $156,529  
   
Bonus
$518 - $30,820  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $13,395  
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$50,018 - $179,883  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 211
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Hourly Rate
$15.32 - $48.94  
   
Overtime
$28.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$518 - $30,820  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $13,395  
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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$50,018 - $179,883  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 12
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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: $95,333

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Experience Affects Geophysicist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 86%

Experienced
up arrow 28%

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

National Average
$95,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 15%

Skills That Affect Geophysicist Salaries

seismic interpretation
up arrow 36%

Interpretation
up arrow 31%


Data Modeling
up arrow 3%

National Average
$95,000


Oil and Gas Formation Evaluation
up arrow 36%

Data Collection
up arrow 37%

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
up arrow 41%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 26 votes.

Gender

Female
16 %
Male
84 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 97%
dental benefits
Dental: 81%
medical benefits
Vision: 70%
dental benefits
None: 3%
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