3d Artist Salary

Pay for 3D Artists in the United States sits in the ballpark of $50K per year. Total incomes of 3D Artists incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $7K from bonuses and close to $12K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $32K and $84K. Geographic location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Slightly less than a fourth of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a fair number report medical coverage and the greater part claim dental coverage as well. The vast majority (86 percent) of 3D Artists who answered the questionnaire are male. Most 3D Artists like their work and job satisfaction is high. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$35,020 - $79,206

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$14.48 - $41.01

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$35,020 - $79,206  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,113  
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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$32,331 - $83,919  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 653
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$14.48 - $41.01  
   
Overtime
$21.80 - $55.50  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,113  
   
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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$32,331 - $83,919  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 274
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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. 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


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set 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 3 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. Those educated in 3D Rendering tend to be well versed 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.


Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $45K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $57K. 3D Artists who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $66K. For some reason, 3D Artists with more than two decades of experience report lower paychecks overall; the median sum in this group sits near $63K.

Pay Difference by Location


3D Artists will find that San Francisco offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 37 percent. 3D Artists will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+23 percent), Dallas (+13 percent), Boston (+10 percent), and Austin (+9 percent). In Las Vegas, salaries are 18 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Employers pay around 14 percent less in Chicago and 13 percent less in Atlanta, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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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 3%

Autodesk Maya
up arrow 1%

3D Animation
up arrow 1%

3D Max
up arrow 1%

Adobe Photoshop
0%

3D Rendering
0%

National Average
$50,000

Autodesk 3ds Max
up arrow 2%

Zbrush
up arrow 9%

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 162 votes.

Gender

Female
14 %
Male
86 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 74% dental benefits Dental: 61%
vision benefits Vision: 47% employee benefits None: 23%
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