Animator, 3D Salary

An Animator, 3D earns an average salary of $51,201 per year. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this field. Experience has a moderate effect on pay for this job. A skill in Autodesk 3ds Max is associated with high pay for this job.
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$34,501 - $93,652
$35K
$51K
$94K
MEDIAN: $51,201
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$13.46 - $41.20
$13
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$41
MEDIAN: $20.98
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$34,501 - $93,652  
   
Bonus
$976 - $12,000  
Profit Sharing
$16,000  
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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$32,451 - $92,616  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 158
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$13.46 - $41.20  
   
Overtime
$22.11 - $75.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$976 - $12,000  
   
Profit Sharing
$16,000  
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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$32,451 - $92,616  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 68

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Job Description for Animator, 3D

A 3D animator uses computer software to create vivid, engaging video animations that can be used for web design applications, computer games, commercials, and full-length movies and television programs. 3D animators typically work with developers, designers, and directors, making initial sketches and helping create quickly sketched stills of the work to be done (called storyboards). Working in close consultation with these supervisory developers or designers, the animator then uses professional drawing and animation programs to model characters, backgrounds, and movements on screen. The animator develops a shading strategy and works to create movement of the elements on screen to make them match the designer's intent and in a way that is consistent with the storyboards created earlier in the process.

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Animator, 3D Tasks

  • Create special effects, animation, or other visual images using film, video, computers, or other media.
  • Provide insight and guidance on current graphic trends and technologies.
  • Collaborate with multiple departments and customers.
  • Develop multi-media presentations to illustrate a wide array of material.

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Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $50,938

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Key Stats for Animator, 3D

Gender

Female
23 %
Male
77 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 17 votes.
Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
3%
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Experience Affects Animator, 3D Salaries

Late-Career
▲102%

▲22%

▲9%

National Average
$51,000

▼6%

Skills That Affect Animator, 3D Salaries



▲5%



Cinema 4D
▲1%

National Average
$51,000

3D Rendering
▼4%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 17 votes.

Gender

Female
23 %
Male
77 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 70%
dental benefits
Dental: 46%
vision benefits
Vision: 33%
dental benefits
None: 28%
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