Senior Geophysicist Salary

Generous salaries abound for Senior Geophysicists in the United States, with average pay above six figures ($128K) per year. Total cash compensation to Senior Geophysicists bottoms out near $82K and approaches $237K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $41K from bonuses and almost $53K from profit sharing. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The vast majority of Senior Geophysicists (82 percent) who took the survey are men. Almost all enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$82,618 - $195,967

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
$82,618 - $195,967  
$1,250 - $40,695  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $53,327  
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).
$81,869 - $236,768  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | 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 by Experience Level for Senior Geophysicist

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

Senior Geophysicists generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Even the relatively untried can take home bulky six-figure salaries; employees who have worked for fewer than five years report earning $106K on average. After working for 10 to 20 years, Senior Geophysicists make a median salary of $137K. Seasoned veterans with 20 years under their belts enjoy a median income of $190K.

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.

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Experience Affects Senior Geophysicist Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 9 votes.


18 %
82 %

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: 75%
vision benefits Vision: 63% employee benefits None: 6%