Senior Geophysicist Salary

Compensation for Senior Geophysicists in the United States is generous, with average pay surpassing six figures annually ($132K). With some bonuses approaching $47K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $38K, overall incomes of Senior Geophysicists spread between $85K and $242K depending on individual performance. Most people on this career path report moderate levels of job satisfaction. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Male Senior Geophysicists far outnumber their female contemporaries among those who completed the questionnaire. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$84,613 - $199,821
(Median)
$85K
$130K
$200K
MEDIAN: $131,648
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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$84,613 - $199,821  
   
Bonus
$1,505 - $47,344  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $37,500  
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).
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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.

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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.


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Six-figure salaries are not unusual for those just entering the occupation — survey respondents with less than five years' experience under their belts report receiving an average of $106K per year. On average, Senior Geophysicists make $144K following one to two decades on the job. Seasoned veterans with 20 years under their belts enjoy a median income of $186K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $150,482

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

Senior Geophysicists working in Houston earn a little more than the national average. That said, location does not seem to play a huge role in determining pay for this role.

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Experience Affects Senior Geophysicist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 23%

National Average
$150,000

Experienced
up arrow 4%

Mid-Career
up arrow 23%

Entry-Level
up arrow 30%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
20 %
Male
80 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
4%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
36%
20 years or more
37%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 93%
dental benefits
Dental: 74%
medical benefits
Vision: 62%
dental benefits
None: 5%
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