3d Artist Salary

3D Artists in the United States can expect wages of $50K per year on average. Total cash compensation for 3D Artists runs from $32K to $84K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $7K and profit sharing that can reach almost $12K. Location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Men account for the majority of 3D Artists who responded to the questionnaire — 86 percent to be exact. While just over a fifth report receiving no health benefits, a fair number do receive medical coverage, and more than half have dental, as well. For the most part, 3D Artists enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$34,977 - $79,363
(Median)
$35K
$50K
$79K
MEDIAN: $50,214
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90%

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$14.52 - $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
$34,977 - $79,363  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,253  
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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$32,325 - $84,008  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 653
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$14.52 - $40.72  
   
Overtime
$21.81 - $55.38  
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 - $7,253  
   
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).
)
$32,325 - $84,008  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 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.

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3D Artists' salaries tend to stay somewhat constant even when they advance into higher-level positions like Art Director. On average, Art Directors get paid about the same as 3D Artists do. 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


3D Artists report using a deep pool of skills on the job. 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. 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.


Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $45K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $57K. 3D Artists bring in $66K after working for 10 to 20 years. 3D Artists who claim more than two decades of experience actually make somewhat smaller average paychecks of $63K.

Pay Difference by Location


For 3D Artists, busy San Francisco offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 34 percent above the national average. 3D Artists will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+23 percent), Boston (+10 percent), Austin (+9 percent), and Dallas (+9 percent). Las Vegas ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 17 percent below the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Atlanta and Chicago (16 percent lower and 14 percent lower, respectively).

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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 1%

3D Max
up arrow 1%

Adobe Photoshop
0%

3D Rendering
0%

Autodesk Maya
0%

National Average
$50,000

Autodesk 3ds Max
up arrow 2%

Zbrush
up arrow 10%

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 167 votes.

Gender

Female
14 %
Male
86 %

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: 48% employee benefits None: 23%
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