Senior Geophysicist Salary

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Senior Geophysicists earn an average of $134K annually. Most people in this profession are content with their work, and moderate levels of job satisfaction are reported. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and the greater part earn dental coverage. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$66,384 - $233,064
$66K
$140K
$230K
MEDIAN: $139,679
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$0$254K
Salary $66,384 - $233,064
Bonus $5,034 - $51,064
Profit Sharing $6,000
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$67,609 - $254,028
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 14 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 52

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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.

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Senior Geophysicist Tasks

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

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Pay by Experience Level for Senior Geophysicist

Pay by Experience for a Senior Geophysicist has a positive trend. An entry-level Senior Geophysicist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $106,000 based on 11 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Senior Geophysicist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $100,000 based on 15 salaries. An experienced Senior Geophysicist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $130,000 based on 28 salaries. A Senior Geophysicist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $170,000 based on 20 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $148,527

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Senior Geophysicists, busy Houston offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 19 percent above the national average.

Key Stats for Senior Geophysicist

1-4 years
2%
5-9 years
10%
10-19 years
50%
20 years or more
38%
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Experience Affects Senior Geophysicist Salaries

Late-Career
▲15%

National Average
$149,000

Experienced
▼12%

Entry-Level
▼29%

Mid-Career
▼33%

Years of Experience

1-4 years
2%
5-9 years
10%
10-19 years
50%
20 years or more
38%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 71%
vision benefits
Vision: 65%
no benefits
None: 10%
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