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Geophysicist Salary in Houston, Texas

Geophysicists in Houston can expect to earn a very generous salary, with average salaries (in the ballpark of $104K) surpassing six figures annually. Final cash compensation to Houston Geophysicists varies from around $63K to approximately $204K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $40K and $18K, respectively. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer. Men make up the vast majority of Geophysicists in Houston, Texas (83 percent) who took the survey. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Geophysicists in Houston. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$60,373 - $179,903
MEDIAN: $104,496

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XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
$60,373 - $179,903  
$1,973 - $40,277  
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).
$62,894 - $203,956  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 415

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Popular Employer Salaries for Geophysicist in Houston, Texas

Houston Geophysicists 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 in Houston, Texas

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. Whereas the median salary for inexperienced employees is approximately $98K, incomes in the five-to-10 year group are significantly higher, averaging to the comfortable six-figure sum of $122K. Geophysicists in Houston who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $145K. 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 in Houston, Texas Salaries

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Skills That Affect Geophysicist in Houston, Texas Salaries

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National Average

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 96 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: 95% dental benefits Dental: 83%
vision benefits Vision: 69% employee benefits None: 4%