Senior Geophysicist Salary

Senior Geophysicists receive generous compensation in the United States — earning an average of $129K per year, their standard salaries shoot well into the six-figure range. In the world of Senior Geophysicists, overall income ranges from $82K near the bottom to $240K at the top; this can include more than $41K from bonuses and more than $21K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Senior Geophysicists. There are far more male Senior Geophysicists survey respondents than women, making up 83 percent. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a fair number earn dental coverage.

$82,854 - $197,448
MEDIAN: $129,277

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National Salary Data (?
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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: 20 Jun 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.

Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Senior Geophysicists. Individuals who have worked for fewer than five years report earning $106K on average, a generous six-figure sum for those just starting out. Senior Geophysicists who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $137K. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $192K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

Senior Geophysicists working in Houston make slightly more than the national average, but overall, geography does not significantly influence pay in this role.

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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%