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3d Artist Salary

Pay for 3D Artists in the United States sits in the ballpark of $50K annually. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $7K and $10K, respectively — total cash payment to 3D Artists can bottom out near $33K or peak near $85K depending on individual performance. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Among survey respondents, men are more common than women; 86 percent of 3D Artists are male. While just under a fourth report receiving no health benefits, a strong majority do receive medical coverage, and a majority have dental, as well. For the most part, 3D Artists enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$35,221 - $80,214
(Median)
$35K
$50K
$80K
MEDIAN: $50,333
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$14.44 - $41.62
(Median)
$14
$21
$42
MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$35,221 - $80,214  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,165  
Profit Sharing
$484.79 - $10,406  
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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$32,597 - $84,840  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 647
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$14.44 - $41.62  
   
Overtime
$21.29 - $54.60  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
)
$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,165  
   
Profit Sharing
$484.79 - $10,406  
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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$32,597 - $84,840  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 269

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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 transition into upper-level roles like Art Directors, it's possible that they won't see a change in salary. Art Directors earn the same amount as 3D Artists on average. A 3D Artist often moves on to become a 3D Animator or a Video Game Designer.

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Popular Skills for 3d Artist


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, facility with vray and Adobe After Effects are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 21 percent and 4 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include 3d Modeling, Texturing, and Zbrush. Most people skilled in 3D Rendering are similarly competent 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.


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 $57K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $67K. Survey participants with more than two decades under their belts actually report earning less than people with less experience; the former take home only $63K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


For 3D Artists, San Francisco provides a pay rate that is 39 percent greater than the national average. 3D Artists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+21 percent), Dallas (+13 percent), Austin (+10 percent), and New York (+10 percent). Trailing the national average by 17 percent, Chicago is the market with the smallest paychecks. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Las Vegas (17 percent lower) and Atlanta (15 percent lower).

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Experience Affects 3d Artist Salaries




National Average
$50,000


Skills That Affect 3d Artist Salaries

vray
up arrow 21%

Adobe After Effects
up arrow 4%

3D Animation
up arrow 2%

3D Max
up arrow 1%

Adobe Photoshop
0%

3D Rendering
0%

Autodesk Maya
0%

National Average
$50,000

Autodesk 3ds Max
up arrow 1%

Zbrush
up arrow 11%

Texturing
up arrow 15%

3d Modeling
up arrow 18%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 175 votes.

Gender

Female
14 %
Male
86 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 74% dental benefits Dental: 62%
vision benefits Vision: 48% employee benefits None: 23%
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