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3d Artist Salary

Earnings for 3D Artists in the United States come in at around $50K annually on average. In the world of 3D Artists, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $7K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $10K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $33K and $85K. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Men make up the vast majority of 3D Artists (86 percent) who took the survey. Most 3D Artists report high levels of job satisfaction. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — between a fifth and a fourth lack coverage. On the flip side, a strong majority have medical insurance and the larger part receive dental plans. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$35,346 - $80,763
(Median)
$35K
$50K
$81K
MEDIAN: $50,368
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90%

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$14.43 - $41.30
(Median)
$14
$21
$41
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
$35,346 - $80,763  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,370  
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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$32,634 - $85,420  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 631
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$14.43 - $41.30  
   
Overtime
$21.26 - $54.70  
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 - $7,370  
   
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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$32,634 - $85,420  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 266

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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 sometimes move into a Art Director role, where the salary is similar. Given that the median pay is $49K, it may be surprising to find that a 3D Animator is the most common role for 3D Artists to subsequently assume on their way up the ladder. Transitioning into a Video Game Designer role — which pays $53K — is also typical for 3D Artists, though less common by comparison.

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Popular Skills for 3d Artist


3D Artists report using a large range 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 5 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like 3d Modeling, Zbrush, and Texturing. The majority of those who know 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 $57K. After working for 10 to 20 years, 3D Artists make a median salary of $67K. People who have worked for 20 years or more actually report earning less than people who are in the middle of their careers; the veterans take home a mere $62K by contrast.

Pay Difference by Location


San Francisco offers some of the highest pay in the country for 3D Artists, 41 percent above the national average. 3D Artists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Dallas (+20 percent), Los Angeles (+20 percent), Austin (+11 percent), and Minneapolis (+10 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 17 percent south of the national average, can be found in Chicago. 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%


3D Animation
up arrow 2%

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 1%

Autodesk Maya
up arrow 1%

3D Max
up arrow 1%

3D Rendering
0%

Autodesk 3ds Max
0%

National Average
$50,000

Zbrush
up arrow 9%

Texturing
up arrow 9%

3d Modeling
up arrow 18%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 171 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
19%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 75% dental benefits Dental: 63%
vision benefits Vision: 49% employee benefits None: 23%
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