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3d Artist Salary

An average 3D Artist in the United States can expect to take home roughly $50K annually. Final cash compensation to 3D Artists varies from around $33K to approximately $85K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $8K and $13K, respectively. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — just under one in four lack coverage. On the flip side, a strong majority have medical insurance and the larger part receive dental plans. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Men make up the vast majority of 3D Artists (86 percent) who took the survey. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$35,503 - $80,410
(Median)
$36K
$50K
$80K
MEDIAN: $50,414
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$14.47 - $40.29
(Median)
$14
$20
$40
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
$35,503 - $80,410  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,525  
Profit Sharing
$489.36 - $13,277  
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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$32,737 - $84,751  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 621
National Hourly Rate 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$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$14.47 - $40.29  
   
Overtime
$21.35 - $53.55  
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 - $7,525  
   
Profit Sharing
$489.36 - $13,277  
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).
)
$32,737 - $84,751  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 265

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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 transition into upper-level roles like Art Directors, it's possible that they won't see a change in salary. Art Directors earn the same amount as 3D Artists on average. Becoming a 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 pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Adobe After Effects, 3D Animation, 3D Max, and Autodesk Maya are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like 3d Modeling, Zbrush, and Texturing. 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.


Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $44K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $56K. 3D Artists bring in $66K after working for 10 to 20 years. Folks with more than two decades of experience actually report lower incomes overall; their average comes out to a mere $61K.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for 3D Artists, San Francisco offers exceptional salaries, 38 percent above the national average. 3D Artists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Dallas (+19 percent), Los Angeles (+17 percent), Minneapolis (+12 percent), and Austin (+10 percent). Las Vegas ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 16 percent below the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Chicago and Atlanta (16 percent lower and 15 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects 3d Artist Salaries




National Average
$50,000


Skills That Affect 3d Artist Salaries


3D Animation
up arrow 3%

3D Max
up arrow 2%

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 1%

3D Rendering
up arrow 1%

Autodesk Maya
up arrow 1%

Autodesk 3ds Max
0%

National Average
$50,000

Texturing
up arrow 5%

Zbrush
up arrow 10%

3d Modeling
up arrow 18%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 177 votes.

Gender

Female
14 %
Male
86 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
28%
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%