Geophysicist Salary in Houston, Texas

Geophysicists in Houston receive generous compensation — earning an average of $105K per year, their standard salaries shoot well into the six-figure range. Cash earnings for Geophysicists in Houston, Texas — which occasionally include more than $42K from bonuses and more than $18K from profit sharing — stretch from around $61K to approximately $206K. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer. The vast majority of Houston Geophysicists (84 percent) who took the survey are men. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. Most Geophysicists in Houston, Texas like their work and job satisfaction is high. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$59,632 - $185,231
MEDIAN: $105,223

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$59,632 - $185,231  
$1,004 - $41,728  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $18,000  
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).
$61,329 - $206,093  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Sep 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 366
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The biggest paychecks can be found at Schlumberger — the median salary there is $97K; however, employees are subject to a wide range in pay, with the lowest salaries sitting near $59K and highest ones in the neighborhood of $143K.

Pay by Experience Level for

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

Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Houston Geophysicists. Although inexperienced employees take home approximately $99K, those who have five to 10 years under their belts benefit from a six-figure median of $127K. Geophysicists in Houston with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $148K. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $201K on average.

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Experience Affects Salaries

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Skills That Affect Salaries

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National Average

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 69 votes.


16 %
84 %

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%
vision benefits Vision: 71% employee benefits None: 3%