Senior Geophysicist Salary

Average pay for Senior Geophysicists in the United States is more than reasonable, with annual salaries pushing past the six-figure mark ($132K). Cash earnings for Senior Geophysicists — which occasionally include more than $47K from bonuses and more than $38K from profit sharing — stretch from around $85K to approximately $242K. The vast majority (80 percent) of Senior Geophysicists who answered the questionnaire are male. Most people in this profession are content with their work, and moderate levels of job satisfaction are reported. Almost all enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$84,613 - $199,821
MEDIAN: $131,648

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$84,613 - $199,821  
$1,505 - $47,344  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $37,500  
Total Pay (?
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$84,899 - $242,373  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 94
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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. Senior Geophysicists in the early stages of their careers take home approximately $106K on average. The average for people in the five-to-10 year group is only a little larger at $116K. Senior Geophysicists see a median salary of $144K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $186K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $150,482

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Compared to the national average, Houston Senior Geophysicists have slightly bigger paychecks. Nonetheless, location does not appear to strongly drive pay in one direction or the other for this occupation.

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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.


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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: 74%
medical benefits
Vision: 62%
dental benefits
None: 5%