3d Artist Salary

3D Artists in the United States can expect to earn an average of $53K annually. The company is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length and geography. Most 3D Artists survey respondents are men (76 percent). Most 3D Artists like their work and job satisfaction is high. While close to one-fourth report receiving no health benefits, a strong majority do receive medical coverage, and the greater part have dental, as well. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$35,640 - $90,059
$36K
$53K
$90K
MEDIAN: $53,017
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50%
90%

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$13.64 - $40.56
$14
$22
$41
MEDIAN: $22.40
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$0$91K
Salary $35,640 - $90,059
Bonus $513 - $11,562
Profit Sharing $2,035
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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$33,895 - $91,993
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 563
Hourly Data $0$59
Hourly Rate $13.64 - $40.56
Overtime $20.31 - $59.29
Annual Data $0$91K
Bonus $513 - $11,562
Profit Sharing $2,035
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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$33,895 - $91,993
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 260

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Job Description for 3d Artist

A 3d artist's job involves combining creative skills with knowledge of relevant software. This person uses specialized design and drawing software to create computer images of people, buildings, and/or objects. 3d art differs from traditional 2d images in that it can be manipulated and viewed from all sides as a separate, standout element.

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3d Artist Tasks

  • Collaborate with designers and developers to create simulations and final projects.
  • Use software, lighting, and rendering to create textures and visual effects.
  • Create and sculpt digital models, including video editing, 3D modeling, and animation.

Common Career Paths for 3d Artist


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3D Artists sometimes move into a Art Director role, where the salary is similar. The most common career progression for 3D Artists leads to becoming a 3D Animator, where pay is typically $50K. However, many 3D Artists also opt to become Video Game Designers, a position that pays $55K on average.

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Popular Skills for 3d Artist


3D Artists report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in 3d Modeling, vray, Zbrush, and 3D Printing are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Adobe InDesign, lighting, and Adobe Illustrator. Most people who know 3D Rendering also know Autodesk Maya and 3D Max.

Pay by Experience Level for 3d Artist

Pay by Experience for a 3d Artist has a positive trend. An entry-level 3d Artist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $46,000 based on 505 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A 3d Artist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $60,000 based on 322 salaries. An experienced 3d Artist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $67,000 based on 153 salaries. A 3d Artist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $80,000 based on 29 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $51,712

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

For 3D Artists, Los Angeles provides a pay rate that is 28 percent greater than the national average. 3D Artists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Boston (+26 percent), San Diego (+23 percent), Detroit (+19 percent), and Seattle (+18 percent). 3D Artists in Atlanta take home the lowest salaries, earning a whopping 26 percent less than the national average. Philadelphia and Santa Monica are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 19 percent lower and 11 percent lower, respectively.

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Key Stats for 3d Artist

Gender

Female
24 %
Male
76 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 123 votes.
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
3%
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Experience Affects 3d Artist Salaries

▲55%

▲30%

▲15%

National Average
$52,000

▼10%

Skills That Affect 3d Artist Salaries

3d Modeling
▲8%

vray
▲4%

▲1%

3D Printing
▲1%

Graphic Design
▲1%

National Average
$52,000

Adobe After Effects
▼1%

▼2%


▼2%


▼2%



lighting
▼16%

Adobe InDesign
▼17%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 123 votes.

Gender

Female
24 %
Male
76 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 73%
dental benefits
Dental: 58%
vision benefits
Vision: 48%
no benefits
None: 25%
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