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3d Artist Salary (United States)

Just over a half of 3D Artists are still navigating the early stages of their careers and report less than five years' experience. The workforce as a whole reports a median income in the neighborhood of $50K per year. Total cash compensation to 3D Artists approaches anywhere from $32K on the lower end to $84K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $7K from bonuses and upwards of $14K from profit sharing. Geography and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and just under a fourth lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a fair portion and dental coverage is claimed by more than half. Men make up the vast majority of 3D Artists (85 percent). Job satisfaction for 3D Artists is high. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
3d Artist Salary (?
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$35,602 - $79,199
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MEDIAN: $49,751
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3d Artist Salary (?
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$13.73 - $40.37
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National Salary Data

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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$35,602 - $79,199  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,977  
Profit Sharing
$700 - $14,000  
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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$32,367 - $83,591  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 598
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$13.73 - $40.37  
   
Overtime
$16.25 - $59.18  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,977  
   
Profit Sharing
$700 - $14,000  
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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$32,367 - $83,591  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 237
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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 sometimes move into a Art Director role, where the salary is similar. It is not uncommon for a 3D Artist to continue on to become an 3D Animator or a Video Game Designer.

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Popular Skills for 3d Artist

Survey results suggest that 3D Artists use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Adobe After Effects, 3D Animation, Autodesk 3ds Max, and Autodesk Maya are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 7 percent, 5 percent, 4 percent, and 4 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include 3d Modeling and Zbrush. 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.
The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $44K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $56K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $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. Age distribution in this workforce is concentrated between one and nine years of experience; most of respondents fall in this range. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up about a sixth of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise fewer than one in twenty, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than two percent.

Pay Difference By Location

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For 3D Artists, working in the bustling city of San Francisco has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Those in search of high salaries should also consider checking out cities like Los Angeles, Portland, Boston, and New York, top-paying markets where 3D Artists rake in more than the national norm (+24 percent, +11 percent, +8 percent, and +4 percent). Trailing the national average by 20 percent, Nashville is the market with the smallest paychecks. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Chicago (16 percent less) and San Diego (11 percent less).

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Experience Affects 3d Artist Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$50,000

Skills That Affect 3d Artist Salaries

Autodesk 3ds Max
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Autodesk Maya
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3D Max
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Adobe Photoshop
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3D Rendering
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Texturing
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National Average
$50,000
Zbrush
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3d Modeling
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 202 votes.

Gender

Female
15%
female alumni
 
Male
85%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 74% dental benefits Dental: 64%
vision benefits Vision: 48% employee benefits None: 23%