3d Artist Salary

The average 3D Artist in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $51K annually. In the world of 3D Artists, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $7K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $13K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $32K and $84K. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most 3D Artists. While just under one in four report receiving no health benefits, a strong majority do receive medical coverage, and the greater part have dental, as well. 3D Artists who took the survey are largely men, dominating at 85 percent. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$35,127 - $80,618
(Median)
$35K
$51K
$81K
MEDIAN: $50,647
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90%

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$14.53 - $40.12
(Median)
$15
$21
$40
MEDIAN: $20
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$35,127 - $80,618  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,500  
Profit Sharing
$408.51 - $12,723  
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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$32,368 - $84,321  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 717
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$14.53 - $40.12  
   
Overtime
$21.39 - $53.45  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,500  
   
Profit Sharing
$408.51 - $12,723  
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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$32,368 - $84,321  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 299
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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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3D Artists sometimes move into a Art Director role, where the salary is similar. The most common promotion for 3D Artists is a 3D Animator position, which usually brings in $49K a year. Another standard transition for 3D Artists seeking advancement is to assume a Video Game Designer role, where pay is often $54K.

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Popular Skills for 3d Artist


3D Artists seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in vray, Adobe After Effects, 3D Max, and 3D Animation are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing Adobe Illustrator as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. 3d Modeling and Texturing also typically command lower compensation. The majority of those who know 3D Rendering also know 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.


Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $45K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $58K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $65K in this role. Folks who claim more than 20 years of relevant experience actually report a comparatively lower median income of $64K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $50,383

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

For 3D Artists, busy San Francisco offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 36 percent above the national average. 3D Artists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+21 percent), New York (+9 percent), Seattle (+8 percent), and Dallas (+8 percent). Trailing the national average by 18 percent, Las Vegas is the market with the smallest paychecks. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Orlando and Atlanta (14 percent lower).

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Experience Affects 3d Artist Salaries




National Average
$50,000


Skills That Affect 3d Artist Salaries

vray
up arrow 18%

Adobe After Effects
up arrow 3%

3D Max
up arrow 1%

3D Rendering
0%

Autodesk Maya
0%

3D Animation
0%

National Average
$50,000

Autodesk 3ds Max
up arrow 1%

3D Printing
up arrow 1%

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 2%

Graphic Design
up arrow 2%

Zbrush
up arrow 8%

Texturing
up arrow 16%

3d Modeling
up arrow 17%

Adobe Illustrator
up arrow 26%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 162 votes.

Gender

Female
15 %
Male
85 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 75%
dental benefits
Dental: 62%
medical benefits
Vision: 48%
dental benefits
None: 22%
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