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Senior Geophysicist Salary

Wages for Senior Geophysicists in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($127K) per year. Total cash compensation for Senior Geophysicists runs from $83K to $239K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $41K and profit sharing that can reach almost $21K. The vast majority of Senior Geophysicists (84 percent) who took the survey are men. Job satisfaction for Senior Geophysicists is high. Nearly all enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part.

$83,097 - $196,726
MEDIAN: $126,770

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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.
$83,097 - $196,726  
$1,462 - $41,329  
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).
$83,089 - $239,009  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 88

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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 seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Senior Geophysicists. Survey participants with less than five years' experience report a median income of $98K, and earnings aren't much higher for respondents who have five to 10 years under their belts; respondents in the latter group report a median of just $112K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $134K. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $192K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

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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National Average

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 12 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: 77%
vision benefits Vision: 64% employee benefits None: 5%