Average Salary for Pixar Animation Studios Employees

Emeryville, Calif.-based Pixar Animation Studios hires for positions ranging from Graphic Designer to Senior Animator, Character in the motion picture and video production. Pixar Animation Studios pays its employees $67K annually on average. How long you've been working primarily drives compensation; however, where you live and what you do at the company are also reported as secondary influences on salary at Pixar Animation Studios. The data for this overview comes from answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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Emeryville, California 94608


Motion Picture and Video Production, Film

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Years of Experience

For those who claim five to nine years of work experience, pay on average amounts to about $43K per year. Overall, the greater share of Pixar Animation Studios folks have one to four years of experience and earn an average around $57K annually.


Residents of Oakland, Calif. pick up paychecks that are higher than any other city — the median salary is $128K per year; other top-paying cities include San Francisco, Calif. ($100K) and the company's headquarter city of Emeryville, Calif. ($73K).


Senior Animator, Characters rake in the most money, with average earnings of approximately $48K annually; Graphic Designers come in second with median earnings amounting to $44K per year.

Certifications and Degrees

Pixar Animation Studios workers who hold a Bachelor's Degree are also well compensated, earning approximately $95K on average.


The best-paying skill to have in this role appears to be People Management; employees who claim this ability report median compensation of $155K annually. Adobe Photoshop also popped up often in the survey as an important skill; just under one in three of employees surveyed report using it at work.

Benefits and Perks

A large number of survey participants plan for retirement by taking advantage of the company-sponsored 401(k) program. The vast majority of employees can count on health insurance, and a large number of respondents have dental coverage as a benefit. Additional benefits of working here are a casual working environment and tuition reimbursement.

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Key Stats for Pixar Animation Studios


46 %
54 %
$44,587 - $91,563
$65,000 - $135,561
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5
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