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3d Artist Salary

Median pay for 3D Artists in the United States is around $50K per year. With some bonuses approaching $7K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $15K, overall incomes of 3D Artists spread between $33K and $84K depending on individual performance. Geography and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The vast majority of 3D Artists (85 percent) survey respondents are men. Job satisfaction for 3D Artists is high. Health benefits are not claimed by all — just under a fourth lack any form of coverage — but a fair number have medical insurance, and the larger part have dental, too. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
$35,488 - $80,005
(Median)
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80K
MEDIAN: $50,397
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$14.45 - $40.01
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MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data

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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$35,488 - $80,005  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,297  
Profit Sharing
$412.17 - $14,544  
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 - $83,894  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 602
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$14.45 - $40.01  
   
Overtime
$19.39 - $55.44  
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 - $7,297  
   
Profit Sharing
$412.17 - $14,544  
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).
)
$32,634 - $83,894  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 240
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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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3D Artists may not see a large difference in pay if they transition into an upper level Art Director position. Art Directors on average do not make much more than 3D Artists. Becoming an 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 results show that 3D Artists use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in Adobe After Effects, 3D Animation, Autodesk 3ds Max, and Autodesk Maya are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include 3d Modeling and Zbrush. 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.


The average beginner in this position makes around $44K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $57K. 3D Artists bring in $67K after working for 10 to 20 years. 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 $63K.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 34 percent, 3D Artists in San Francisco receive some of the highest pay in the country. 3D Artists will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+21 percent), Dallas (+17 percent), New York (+11 percent), and Portland (+10 percent). With compensation 17 percent below the national average, Chicago is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Employers also pay below the national average in San Diego (15 percent lower) and Orlando (14 percent lower).

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Experience Affects 3d Artist Salaries


Late-Career
up arrow 25%


National Average
$50,000


Skills That Affect 3d Artist Salaries


Autodesk Maya
up arrow 2%

3D Animation
up arrow 2%

Autodesk 3ds Max
up arrow 2%

Texturing
up arrow 1%

Adobe Photoshop
0%

3D Rendering
0%

3D Max
0%

National Average
$50,000

Zbrush
up arrow 8%

3d Modeling
up arrow 18%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 188 votes.

Gender

Female
15 %
Male
85 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 75% dental benefits Dental: 63%
vision benefits Vision: 49% employee benefits None: 22%