The average 3D Artist in the United States earns approximately $52K annually. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by the company, followed by experience level and geographic location. While some workers in this profession — roughly a fourth — do not have any health coverage, a strong majority do receive medical benefits and a majority have dental insurance. Job satisfaction for 3D Artists is high. Generally, women make up less than a third of all 3D Artists who answered the questionnnaire. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$35,163 - $87,296
$35K
$52K
$87K
MEDIAN: $51,886
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$13.18 - $43.17
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MEDIAN: $21.97
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$35,163 - $87,296  
   
Bonus
$679 - $10,090  
Profit Sharing
$1,517  
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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$32,817 - $90,653  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 603
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$13.18 - $43.17  
   
Overtime
$20.78 - $58.82  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$679 - $10,090  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,517  
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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$32,817 - $90,653  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 264

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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

  • 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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As 3D Artists make advancements in their career path, their salaries may not change right away. For example, the higher-level Art Director position pays around the same amount as the 3D Artist job on average. More often than not, a 3D Animator role is the next step for 3D Artists moving up in the field. Pay for 3D Animators is usually $50K. Many 3D Artists choose to take on a Video Game Designer role instead, where salaries are typically $55K.

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Popular Skills for 3d Artist


3D Artists seem to exploit a large range 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 pay less than market rate include Adobe InDesign, lighting, and Adobe Illustrator. Those educated in 3D Rendering tend to be well versed 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.


For many 3D Artists, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $46K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $59K. 3D Artists with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $67K. 3D Artists who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $80K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $51,220

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Seattle offers some of the highest pay in the country for 3D Artists, 27 percent above the national average. 3D Artists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+26 percent), Boston (+24 percent), Detroit (+23 percent), and San Francisco (+18 percent). 3D Artists in Atlanta report much lower salaries than the rest of the country — 24 percent below the national average — proving that residence is a major factor in overall pay. Workers in Las Vegas and Santa Monica earn less than others in this profession; their salaries fall short of the national average by 10 percent.

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Key Stats for 3d Artist

Gender

Female
22 %
Male
78 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 105 votes.
041
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
31%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
4%
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Experience Affects 3d Artist Salaries




National Average
$51,000


Skills That Affect 3d Artist Salaries

3d Modeling
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vray
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Zbrush
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3D Printing
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Graphic Design
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Adobe After Effects
0%

National Average
$51,000




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lighting
up arrow 15%

Adobe InDesign
up arrow 17%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 105 votes.

Gender

Female
22 %
Male
78 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
31%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 74%
dental benefits
Dental: 59%
vision benefits
Vision: 47%
dental benefits
None: 25%
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