Geophysicists in Houston, Texas take home an average $116K annually. With some bonuses approaching $32K, overall incomes of Houston Geophysicists generally spread between $62K and $191K depending on individual performance. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. The vast majority of Geophysicists in Houston (86 percent) who took the survey are men. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$59,720 - $176,172
MEDIAN: $116,131

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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 98

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About Houston, Texas

Harris County, Texas
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1,148,942 (50.0%)
Houston (/ˈhjuːstən/ HYOO-stən) is the most populous city in Texas and the fourth-most populous city in the United States, located in Southeast Texas near the Gulf of Mexico. With a census-estimated 2014 population of 2.239 million within a land area of 599.6 square miles (1,553 km2), it also is the largest city in the Southern United States, as well as the seat of Harris County. It is the principal city of Houston–The Woodlands–Sugar Land, which is the fifth-most populated metropolitan area in the United States. Houston was founded on August 28, 1836, near the banks of Buffalo Bayou (now known as Allen's Landing) and incorporated as a city on June 5, 1837. The city was named after former General Sam Houston, who was president of the Republic of Texas and had commanded and won at the Battle of San Jacinto 25 miles (40 km) east of where the city was established. The burgeoning port and railroad...

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Popular Employer Salaries for Geophysicist

Geophysicists in Houston, Texas seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Schlumberger, where the median salary comes to $97K, though the large pay difference between employees at the top ($59K) and those starting out ($143K) creates a rather diverse pay scale.

Pay by Experience Level for Geophysicist

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

Houston Geophysicists with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. Folks with fewer than five years of experience earn around $98K on average, but respondents who have racked up five to 10 years benefit from a six-figure median of $120K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $140K. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $175K on average.

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Experience Affects Geophysicist Salaries

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Skills That Affect Geophysicist Salaries

seismic interpretation
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National Average

Data Analysis
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 14 votes.


14 %
86 %

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: 97%
dental benefits
Dental: 82%
medical benefits
Vision: 70%
dental benefits
None: 3%