Senior Geophysicist Salary

Average pay for a Senior Geophysicist in the United States is considerable, rounding six figures at $128K per year. Total cash compensation to Senior Geophysicists bottoms out near $84K and approaches $244K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $48K from bonuses and almost $53K from profit sharing. There are far more male Senior Geophysicists survey respondents than women, making up 80 percent. Though the majority of Senior Geophysicists do not report high levels of job satisfaction, most are moderately content with their role. Almost all enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part.

$84,074 - $198,895
MEDIAN: $128,083

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National Salary Data (?
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$84,074 - $198,895  
$1,485 - $47,761  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $53,327  
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).
$83,757 - $243,547  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Sep 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 90
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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

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. People who have worked for fewer than five years earn around $106K, and folks with five to 10 years of experience see a modestly higher median of $118K. Senior Geophysicists see a median salary of $137K after reaching one to two decades on the job. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $190K.

Pay Difference by Location

Senior Geophysicists working in Houston make a little more than the national average; however, geographic location doesn't seem to influence pay too heavily overall.

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Experience Affects Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 9 votes.


20 %
80 %

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: 63% employee benefits None: 6%