3d Artist Salary

An average 3D Artist in the United States can expect to take home roughly $53K per year. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is the company, though years of experience and geography have a (lesser) impact as well. Some workers in this field — one in four — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a fair number and dental plans are enjoyed by a majority. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. 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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$35,351 - $88,447
$35K
$53K
$88K
MEDIAN: $52,978
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$13.25 - $40.20
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MEDIAN: $22.17
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$35,351 - $88,447  
   
Bonus
$516 - $12,208  
Profit Sharing
$1,965  
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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$32,788 - $90,649  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 583
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$13.25 - $40.20  
   
Overtime
$20.38 - $59.19  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$516 - $12,208  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,965  
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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$32,788 - $90,649  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 252

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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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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. Becoming a 3D Animator is, more often than not, the most common role that 3D Artists move into when they're ready for the next step in their career. A median salary for a 3D Animator is $50K. Another frequent advance is for 3D Artists to assume a Video Game Designer role; in this role, workers often take home $55K.

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Popular Skills for 3d Artist


Survey takers working as 3D Artists report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in 3d Modeling, vray, Zbrush, and 3D Printing are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Adobe InDesign, lighting, and Adobe Illustrator. Most people skilled in 3D Rendering are similarly competent in 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: $51,633

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

Los Angeles is home to an above-average pay rate for 3D Artists, 28 percent higher than the national average. 3D Artists will also find cushy salaries in Boston (+26 percent), San Diego (+23 percent), Detroit (+19 percent), and Seattle (+18 percent). Location is a huge contributor to overall pay, with 3D Artists in Atlanta earning a whopping 26 percent below the national average. Employers pay around 19 percent less in Philadelphia and 11 percent less in Santa Monica, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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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 114 votes.
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
3%
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Experience Affects 3d Artist Salaries

▲55%

▲31%

▲15%

National Average
$52,000

▼10%

Skills That Affect 3d Artist Salaries

3d Modeling
▲9%

vray
▲5%

▲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 114 votes.

Gender

Female
24 %
Male
76 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 74%
dental benefits
Dental: 58%
vision benefits
Vision: 46%
no benefits
None: 25%
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