3d Artist Salary (United States)

Over one-half of 3d Artists are relatively junior in their careers, reporting less than five years' experience and an average income of $49,622 per year. Pay ranges from $32,367 on the low end to $83,591 per year on the higher side. Residency is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Although about one-fourth lack health benefits of any kind, most do enjoy medical insurance, and a majority get dental coverage, too. The vast majority of 3d Artists (85 percent) are men. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most 3d Artists. The numbers for this synopsis were furnished by individuals who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
3d Artist Salary (?
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$35,602 - $79,199
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MEDIAN: $49,751
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3d Artist Salary (?
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$13.73 - $40.37
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National Salary Data

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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$35,602 - $79,199  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,977  
Profit Sharing
$700 - $14,000  
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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$32,367 - $83,591  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 598
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$13.73 - $40.37  
   
Overtime
$16.25 - $59.18  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,977  
   
Profit Sharing
$700 - $14,000  
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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$32,367 - $83,591  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 237
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Job Description for 3d Artist

If you love to draw but also love to use computers, becoming a 3D artist may be perfect for you. As technologies and software continue to evolve so has the artistic field. Fields such as animated films, video games, architecture and even medicine require the use of 3D artists. The field is expected to grow up to sixteen percent in the coming years.
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3d Artist Tasks
  • Create and sculpt digital models, including video editing, 3D modeling, and animation.
  • Use software, lighting, and rendering to create textures and visual effects.
  • Collaborate with designers and developers to create simulations and final projects.

Common Career Paths for 3d Artist

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For 3d Artists, career progression may result in somewhat stagnant compensation. 3d Artists will earn an amount similar to those further down the career ladder. A 3d Artist may also move into a role as an 3D Animator or a Video Game Designer.

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Popular Skills for 3d Artist

Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, skills in Adobe After Effects, 3D Animation, Autodesk 3ds Max, and Autodesk Maya are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 7 percent, 5 percent, 4 percent, and 4 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include 3d Modeling and Zbrush. It is often found that people who know 3D Rendering are also skilled in Autodesk Maya and 3D Max.

Pay by Experience Level for 3d Artist

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
At career start, salaries are typically $44K, which grows to $56K after five to 10 years. Pay amounts to $67K after 10 to 20 years. Unfortunately, 3d Artists with considerable experience—two decades in the field—see paychecks plunge to $62K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 16 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 2 percent. Between one and nine years is the typical spectrum of experience for those in this line of work—of those who took the survey, most land within it.

Pay Difference By Location

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For those looking to make money, 3d Artists in San Francisco enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 39 percent above the national average. Other big spenders include Los Angeles, Portland, Boston, and New York, top-paying cities where 3d Artists see paychecks higher than average (+24 percent, +11 percent, +8 percent, and +4 percent). The lowest-paying market is Nashville, which sits 20 percent below the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Chicago and San Diego (-16 percent and -11 percent, respectively).

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Experience Affects 3d Artist Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$50,000

Skills That Affect 3d Artist Salaries

Autodesk 3ds Max
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Autodesk Maya
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3D Max
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Adobe Photoshop
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3D Rendering
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Texturing
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National Average
$50,000
Zbrush
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3d Modeling
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 202 votes.

Gender

Female
15%
female alumni
 
Male
85%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 74% dental benefits Dental: 64%
vision benefits Vision: 48% employee benefits None: 23%
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