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Senior Geophysicist Salary

Senior Geophysicists in the United States can expect to earn a very comfortable salary, with average salaries (in the ballpark of $144K) surpassing six figures annually. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $47K and $20K, respectively — total cash payment to Senior Geophysicists can bottom out near $80K or peak near $235K depending on individual performance. Male Senior Geophysicists far outnumber their female contemporaries among those who completed the questionnaire. For the most part, Senior Geophysicists enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
$81,056 - $195,120
MEDIAN: $122,448

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$81,056 - $195,120  
$1,009 - $46,540  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $19,933  
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).
$79,642 - $234,871  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 82
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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 Difference by Location

Senior Geophysicists working in Houston earn a bit more than the national average, but overall, earnings in this area are not heavily influenced by geographic location.

Experience Affects Senior Geophysicist Salaries

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National Average

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 12 votes.


12 %
88 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 92% dental benefits Dental: 76%
vision benefits Vision: 65% employee benefits None: 6%