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Senior Geophysicist Salary

Wages for Senior Geophysicists in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($126K) per year. Total cash compensation to Senior Geophysicists approaches anywhere from $83K on the lower end to $239K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $41K from bonuses and upwards of $21K from profit sharing. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. There are far more male Senior Geophysicists survey respondents than women, making up 84 percent. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$83,039 - $196,911
MEDIAN: $126,013

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National Salary Data (?
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.
$83,039 - $196,911  
$1,021 - $41,217  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $20,608  
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).
$83,161 - $239,308  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 87

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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 is an important factor influencing the compensation of Senior Geophysicists. During the first five years of their careers, Senior Geophysicists see a median income of $99K. Survey respondents with five to 10 years of experience report an only modestly higher median of $112K. Senior Geophysicists see a median salary of $137K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $190K on average.

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

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 13 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: 93% dental benefits Dental: 78%
vision benefits Vision: 66% employee benefits None: 5%