3d Artist Salary

An average 3D Artist in the United States can expect to take home roughly $50K per year. In the world of 3D Artists, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $7K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $12K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $32K and $84K. Residence and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — just over a fifth lack coverage. On the flip side, a fair number have medical insurance and a majority receive dental plans. The vast majority (85 percent) of 3D Artists who answered the questionnaire are male. The majority of 3D Artists claim high levels of job satisfaction. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$34,994 - $79,915
(Median)
$35K
$50K
$80K
MEDIAN: $50,214
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$14.51 - $40.72
(Median)
$15
$21
$41
MEDIAN: $20
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90%

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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
$34,994 - $79,915  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,235  
Profit Sharing
$450.00 - $11,500  
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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$32,339 - $84,185  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 655
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$14.51 - $40.72  
   
Overtime
$21.65 - $54.23  
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.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,235  
   
Profit Sharing
$450.00 - $11,500  
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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$32,339 - $84,185  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 273
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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 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 or a Video Game Designer is a common transition from a 3D Artist role.

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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, facility with vray and Adobe After Effects are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 21 percent and 3 percent, respectively. 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 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.


Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $45K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $57K. For 3D Artists, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $66K. Folks who claim more than 20 years of relevant experience actually report a comparatively lower median income of $63K.

Pay Difference by Location


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 will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+22 percent), Boston (+10 percent), Austin (+9 percent), and Dallas (+9 percent). With compensation 17 percent below the national average, Las Vegas is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. On the whole, employers pay 16 percent below the median salary for those in this field in Atlanta and Chicago.

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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 3%

3D Animation
up arrow 1%

3D Max
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Adobe Photoshop
0%

3D Rendering
0%

Autodesk Maya
0%

National Average
$50,000

Autodesk 3ds Max
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Zbrush
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Texturing
up arrow 15%

3d Modeling
up arrow 18%

Adobe Illustrator
up arrow 24%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 169 votes.

Gender

Female
15 %
Male
85 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
47%
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: 47% employee benefits None: 23%
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