3d Artist Salary (United States)

A relatively junior crowd, more than half of 3d Artists have fewer than five years of experience under their belt and the average salary for the field is $49,622 annually. Compensation starts at $32,367 and can reach $83,591 per year. Overall cash earnings for 3d Artists stretch from $35,602 on the lower end to $79,199 near the top, and the heftier packages can encompass around $6,977 from bonuses and $14,000 from profit sharing. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. While 23 percent report receiving no health benefits, 74 percent do receive medical coverage, and more than half have dental, as well. The vast majority of 3d Artists (85 percent) are men. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
3d Artist Salary (?
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$35,602 - $79,199
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MEDIAN: $49,751
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3d Artist Salary (?
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$13.73 - $40.37
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National Salary Data

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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$35,602 - $79,199  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,977  
Profit Sharing
$700 - $14,000  
Total Pay (?
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$32,367 - $83,591  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 598
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$13.73 - $40.37  
   
Overtime
$16.25 - $59.18  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,977  
   
Profit Sharing
$700 - $14,000  
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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$32,367 - $83,591  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 237
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Job Description for 3d Artist

If you love to draw but also love to use computers, becoming a 3D artist may be perfect for you. As technologies and software continue to evolve so has the artistic field. Fields such as animated films, video games, architecture and even medicine require the use of 3D artists. The field is expected to grow up to sixteen percent in the coming years.
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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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For 3d Artists, career advancements do not correlate with a rise in salary. Lower-level 3d Artists may earn similar salaries to those in higher-end positions like Art Director. Becoming an 3D Animator or a Video Game Designer is often the next step for a 3d Artist.

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Popular Skills for 3d Artist

3d Artists report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Adobe After Effects, 3D Animation, Autodesk 3ds Max, and Autodesk Maya are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 7 percent, 5 percent, 4 percent, and 4 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include 3d Modeling and Zbrush. 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.
Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $44K; however, pay rises to approximately $56K after five to 10 years. Those who spend a decent amount of time in this profession—one to two decades—usually make about $67K. Following a couple decades of work, 3d Artists watch their salaries dip to an average of $62K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 16 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 2 percent. Most of respondents report having between one and nine years of experience in this field.

Pay Difference By Location

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With a pay rate for 3d Artists that is 39 percent greater than the national average, San Francisco offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. 3d Artists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+24 percent), Portland (+11 percent), Boston (+8 percent), and New York (+4 percent). Nashville is the lowest-paying area, 20 percent south of the national average. Employers in Chicago and San Diego also lean toward paying below-median salaries (-16 percent and -11 percent, respectively).

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Experience Affects 3d Artist Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$50,000

Skills That Affect 3d Artist Salaries

Autodesk 3ds Max
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Autodesk Maya
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3D Max
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Adobe Photoshop
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3D Rendering
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Texturing
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National Average
$50,000
Zbrush
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3d Modeling
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 202 votes.

Gender

Female
15%
female alumni
 
Male
85%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 74% dental benefits Dental: 64%
vision benefits Vision: 48% employee benefits None: 23%
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