Average Geophysicist Salary

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The average salary for a Geophysicist is $90,775.
MEDIAN $90,775
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$49k - $163k
$499 - $38k
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$88 - $20k
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$49k - $182k

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Job Description for Geophysicist

Geophysicist Tasks
  • Use software to create and interpret 2- and 3-dimensional geophysical data to identify and evaluate sites.
  • Generate prospective locations, recommend coordinates, and document assumptions and calculations.
  • Review and write contracts and specifications for geophysical work, including budgets and timelines.
  • Create and verify seismic, AVO, and other types of models to assess feasibility, safety, and returns.
The top respondents for the job title Geophysicist are from the companies Chevron Corporation, Schlumberger and BHP Billiton. Reported salaries are highest at ExxonMobil Corporation where the average pay is $174,857. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Chevron Corporation and BHP Billiton, earning around $153,613 and $125,594, respectively. Schlumberger pays the lowest at around $97,883. Cggveritas and Noble Energy, Inc. also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $104,350 and $115,500, respectively.

Career Paths

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Senior Geophysicist
Product Manager, Software
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Popular Skills for Geophysicist

Skills in Project Management and Image Processing are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Matlab, Data Analysis and Data Processing.

Pay by Experience Level for Geophysicist

An entry-level Geophysicist with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $54,043 based on 34 salaries. An early career Geophysicist with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $75,866 based on 152 salaries. A mid-career Geophysicist with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $94,237 based on 119 salaries. An experienced Geophysicist with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $117,144 based on 60 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $160,000.
Employees with Geophysicist in their job title in Springfield, Virginia earn an average of 36.9% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (23.9% more) and Houston, Texas (16.8% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Austin, Texas (32.0% less) and Denver, Colorado (28.4% less).

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