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Geophysicist - Federal Salaries of 2018

Pay Rates for "Geophysicist"

How much does a Geophysicist in the federal government get paid? $118,935.28* *Based on the 2018 average.

Geophysicist was the 287th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2018, with 352 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2018, the Geological Survey hired the most employees titled Geophysics, with an average salary of $114,944.

Government Geophysics jobs are classified under the General Schedule (GS) payscale. The minimum paygrade for a Geophysics job is GS-6, and the highest paygrade that can be attained within this job series is GS-15. Remember that the starting and maximum yearly pay listed above reflect base pay only - your actual salary will be higher based on the Locality Pay Adjustment for the area in which you work.

Job Description

Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) professions fall under this job category. Due to the growing focus of them STEM fields, individuals in this job category tend to advance more quickly than employees in the other job categories. Jobs in this category are being added quickly and many organizations have trouble finding qualified individuals. Individuals in this job category typically recieve pormotions of 2 grade increases at a time until they reach GS-12.

Agencies that have hired a Geophysicist

Geophysicist Pay Distribution

The average pay for a Geophysicist is $118,935.28. The highest paid Geophysicist made $189,600 in 2018.

Common Geophysicist Payscales

Payscale Number of Geophysics Employees
GS - General Schedule 329
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not E 7
GG - Grades Similar To General Schedule 5
ST - Scientific And Professional 5
EG - Consultant (other) 2
ZP - Scientific And Engineering Professional 2
SN - Senior Level System 1
GM - Emp Covered By Pmrs Termination Provisns 1

Starting Paygrade: $34,649.00 / year base pay at paygrade GS-6, Step 1
Maximum Paygrade: $146,757.00 / year base pay at paygrade GS-15, Step 10
Category: Professional and Scientific
Occupation Family: 1300 PHYSICAL SCIENCES GROUP

Other Jobs at the GS-6 Paygrade

GS-6 is the starting paygrade for Geophysics jobs. Here are some other Federal Government jobs that can be held by employees at the GS-6 paygrade.

Occupation Occupation Category Starting Paygrade Maximum Paygrade
Soil Conservation TechnicianTechnical and Medical SupportGS-1GS-9
Food TechnologyProfessional and ScientificGS-6GS-15
Clerk-TypistClerical and Administrative SupportGS-1GS-9
Highway SafetyAdministrative and ManagementGS-4GS-15
Closed Microphone ReportingClerical and Administrative SupportGS-1GS-9

Average Geophysics Pay Trend from 2004 to 2021

In 2004, the average pay for a Geophysicist was $95,067. Since then, the average pay has increased to $126,745 in 2021.

Data Sources

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The series code of this occupation is 1313.

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