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Average Geophysicist Salary

$89,732
Avg. SalaryShow Hourly Rate
$10,042
Bonus
$6,000
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The average salary for a Geophysicist is $89,732.
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$49k
MEDIAN
$90k
90%
$156k
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What Do Geophysicists Do?

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.

Job Satisfaction for Geophysicist

3.5 out of 5
(36)
Highly Satisfied
9Reviews

Popular Employer Salaries for Geophysicist

The top respondents for the job title Geophysicist are from the companies Schlumberger, Chevron Corporation and British Petroleum (BP). Reported salaries are highest at Chevron Corporation where the average pay is $152,605. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Paradigm and BHP Billiton, earning around $134,000 and $127,296, respectively. Schlumberger pays the lowest at around $99,820. Cggveritas and Noble Energy, Inc. also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $104,350 and $115,500, respectively.

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What Are Popular Skills for Geophysicists?

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

What is the Pay by Experience Level for Geophysicists?

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 $58,360 based on 35 salaries. An early career Geophysicist with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $78,322 based on 111 salaries. A mid-career Geophysicist with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $92,757 based on 93 salaries. An experienced Geophysicist with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $116,489 based on 51 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 69.9% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (27.1% more) and Houston, Texas (18.4% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Charlottesville, Virginia (52.5% less), Denver, Colorado (40.1% less) and Austin, Texas (31.2% less).

Years of Experience

This data is based on 333 survey responses.
Entry Level
10.5%
Early Career
33.3%
Mid Career
27.9%
Experienced
15.3%
Late Career
12.9%