Senior Geophysicist Salary

A sizeable majority of Senior Geophysicists in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $132K annually. Most workers in this position report low levels of job satisfaction. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$72,472 - $223,768
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$130K
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MEDIAN: $132,257
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$72,472 - $223,768  
   
Bonus
$3,250 - $50,868  
Profit Sharing
$7,500  
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$72,472 - $253,775  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 50

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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

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Substantial, six-figure paychecks show up early in this area; folks who have worked for fewer than five years report earning a median of $106K. Experienced professionals — those with 10 to 20 years in the field — see salaries in the six-figure territory, securing around $125K on average. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $172K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $141,178

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Houston offers some of the highest pay in the country for Senior Geophysicists, 23 percent above the national average.

Key Stats for Senior Geophysicist

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %
1-4 years
2%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
44%
20 years or more
42%
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Experience Affects Senior Geophysicist Salaries

Late-Career
▲22%

National Average
$141,000

Experienced
▼12%

Entry-Level
▼25%

Mid-Career
▼31%

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
2%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
44%
20 years or more
42%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 58%
vision benefits
Vision: 58%
dental benefits
None: 12%
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