Geophysicist in Houston, Texas Salary

Average pay for a Houston Geophysicist is considerable, rounding six figures at $106K per year. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $43K and $19K, respectively — total cash payment to Houston Geophysicists can bottom out near $61K or peak near $206K depending on individual performance. Experience level and the company each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of Geophysicists in Houston claim high levels of job satisfaction. The vast majority of Geophysicists in Houston, Texas (83 percent) who took the survey are men. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$59,704 - $186,027
MEDIAN: $105,644

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$59,704 - $186,027  
$1,024 - $43,111  
Profit Sharing
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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).
$61,312 - $206,195  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 339
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For Houston Geophysicists, comfortable salaries can be found at Schlumberger; in fact, average earnings are around $97K, the highest in the area, though the difference in the company's lowest and highest employee paychecks ($59K versus $143K) is great.

Pay by Experience Level for Geophysicist

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

For many Geophysicists in Houston, Texas, more experience generally translates to higher pay. Whereas the median salary for inexperienced employees is approximately $99K, incomes in the five-to-10 year group are significantly higher, averaging to the comfortable six-figure sum of $132K. Geophysicists in Houston with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $149K. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $200K.

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Experience Affects Geophysicist Salaries

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Skills That Affect Geophysicist Salaries

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National Average

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 68 votes.


17 %
83 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 96%
dental benefits
Dental: 83%
medical benefits
Vision: 72%
dental benefits
None: 3%