3d Artist Salary

3D Artists in the United States take home an average $51K annually. Cash earnings for 3D Artists — which occasionally include more than $7K from bonuses and more than $13K from profit sharing — stretch from around $32K to approximately $84K. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. While just under a fourth report receiving no health benefits, a strong majority do receive medical coverage, and the greater part have dental, as well. The vast majority (85 percent) of 3D Artists who answered the questionnaire are male. Most 3D Artists like their work and job satisfaction is high. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$35,127 - $80,618
(Median)
$35K
$51K
$81K
MEDIAN: $50,647
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$14.53 - $40.12
(Median)
$15
$21
$40
MEDIAN: $20
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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 tend not to experience significant pay changes as they move up the career ladder to roles like Art Director. The two jobs pay about the same on average. As 3D Artists progress in their field, many go on to become 3D Animators. In fact, this transition is more common than anything else, and median pay for the role is $49K. Another common career choice for 3D Artists is to move into a Video Game Designer role — this promotion usually pays $54K.

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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 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. Most people familiar with 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.


The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $45K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $58K. 3D Artists claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $65K. 3D Artists who have racked up more than two decades of experience report lower incomes overall; the average sum for this crowd comes out to only $64K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $50,383

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

3D Artists will find that San Francisco offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 36 percent. 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). In Las Vegas, salaries are 18 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Below-median salaries also turn up in 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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