The average 3D Artist in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $52K annually. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Male 3D Artists are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. Health benefits are not claimed by all — between a fifth and a fourth lack any form of coverage — but a strong majority have medical insurance, and the greater part have dental, too. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$35,335 - $86,040
(Median)
$35K
$52K
$86K
MEDIAN: $51,508
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$13.35 - $41.66
(Median)
$13
$21
$42
MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$35,335 - $86,040  
   
Bonus
$518 - $11,635  
Profit Sharing
$1,517  
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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$32,580 - $90,154  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 589
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$13.35 - $41.66  
   
Overtime
$21.67 - $59.92  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$518 - $11,635  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,517  
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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$32,580 - $90,154  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 262
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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.

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3D Artists sometimes move into a Art Director role, where the salary is similar.

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Popular Skills for 3d Artist


3D Artists seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in vray, 3D Printing, Zbrush, and Graphic Design are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 8 percent. Those listing Microsoft Office as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Adobe InDesign and 3d Modeling also typically command lower compensation. Most people 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.


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of 3D Artists. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $46K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $58K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $67K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $75K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $50,707

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

With a pay rate for 3D Artists that is 28 percent greater than the national average, Seattle offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. 3D Artists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Boston (+25 percent), Los Angeles (+25 percent), San Francisco (+23 percent), and Detroit (+21 percent). The lowest-paying market is Atlanta, which sits 23 percent below the national average, proving that location is a significant contributor to overall pay. Employers pay around 17 percent less in Las Vegas and 9 percent less in Santa Monica, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Experience Affects 3d Artist Salaries




National Average
$51,000


Skills That Affect 3d Artist Salaries

vray
up arrow 8%

Zbrush
up arrow 5%

3D Printing
up arrow 5%

Graphic Design
up arrow 3%

3D Max
0%

Adobe After Effects
0%

National Average
$51,000

3D Rendering
up arrow 1%

Autodesk 3ds Max
up arrow 1%

Autodesk Maya
up arrow 1%

3D Animation
up arrow 1%

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 2%


3d Modeling
up arrow 7%

Adobe InDesign
up arrow 16%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 28%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 98 votes.

Gender

Female
21 %
Male
79 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 75%
dental benefits
Dental: 59%
medical benefits
Vision: 47%
dental benefits
None: 23%
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