Senior Geophysicist Salary

Senior Geophysicists in the United States see excellent average salaries — about $129K annually. Overall cash earnings for Senior Geophysicists stretch from $82K on the lower end to $240K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $41K from bonuses and $21K from profit sharing. The majority of Senior Geophysicists claim high levels of job satisfaction. The vast majority (83 percent) of Senior Geophysicists who answered the questionnaire are male. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$82,854 - $197,448
MEDIAN: $129,277

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$82,854 - $197,448  
$1,454 - $41,459  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $20,729  
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).
$82,298 - $240,202  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 84
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Job Description for Senior Geophysicist

The senior geophysicist evaluates and interprets geological data for the development of oil and gas projects and investment opportunities.


Senior Geophysicist Tasks

  • Compile and prepare data and maps, recommend acquisitions.
  • Research, write and present technical papers and reports.
  • Interpret and analyze 2D and 3D seismic images.
  • Supervise and lead team members.

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Pay by Experience Level for Senior Geophysicist

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

Senior Geophysicists with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. During their first five years in the workforce, individuals in this position earn $106K on average. Survey participants with five to 10 years under their belts see an only a slightly bigger average of $119K. On average, Senior Geophysicists make $137K following one to two decades on the job. Senior Geophysicists who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $192K.

Pay Difference by Location

Senior Geophysicists in Houston make a little more than the national average; however, regional pay differences are not too considerable.

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Experience Affects Senior Geophysicist Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 9 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: 93% dental benefits Dental: 75%
vision benefits Vision: 64% employee benefits None: 6%