Senior Geophysicists in the United States pull down an average of $131K annually. Job satisfaction is reported as low by the majority of workers in this position. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and more than half earn dental coverage. Senior Geophysicists who took the survey are largely men, dominating at 84 percent.

$74,257 - $206,457
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$74K
$130K
$210K
MEDIAN: $131,256
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Salary
$74,257 - $206,457  
   
Bonus
$4,085 - $51,064  
Profit Sharing
$7,500  
Total Pay (?
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$74,523 - $254,129  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 57
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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

  • 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.


Senior Geophysicists with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Salaries can reach six figures almost right off the bat; beginning workers who have less than five years' experience bring in a median of $106K per year. Senior Geophysicists with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $125K. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $175K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $144,829

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

For Senior Geophysicists, busy Houston offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 16 percent above the national average.

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Experience Affects Senior Geophysicist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 21%

National Average
$145,000

Experienced
up arrow 14%

Mid-Career
up arrow 27%

Entry-Level
up arrow 27%

Gender

Female
16 %
Male
84 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
5%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
38%
20 years or more
40%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 67%
medical benefits
Vision: 61%
dental benefits
None: 9%
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