Animator, 3D Salary

An Animator, 3D earns an average salary of $51,651 per year. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years' experience in this career. The highest paying skills associated with this job are Autodesk 3ds Max, 3D Rendering, and Adobe After Effects.
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$34,584 - $92,843
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$52K
$93K
MEDIAN: $51,651
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$13.85 - $40.73
$14
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MEDIAN: $22.18
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$34,584 - $92,843  
   
Bonus
$979 - $12,080  
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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$32,495 - $91,272  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 162
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$13.85 - $40.73  
   
Overtime
$22.19 - $74.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$979 - $12,080  
   
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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$32,495 - $91,272  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 66

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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 by Experience Level for Animator, 3D

Pay by Experience for an Animator, 3D has a positive trend. An entry-level Animator, 3D with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $47,000 based on 154 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Animator, 3D with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $58,000 based on 69 salaries. An experienced Animator, 3D which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $63,000 based on 39 salaries. An Animator, 3D with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $104,000 based on 6 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $51,285

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Key Stats for Animator, 3D

Gender

Female
22 %
Male
78 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 19 votes.
Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
3%
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Experience Affects Animator, 3D Salaries

Late-Career
▲104%

▲22%

▲14%

National Average
$51,000

▼8%

Skills That Affect Animator, 3D Salaries



3D Rendering
▲13%

▲3%



National Average
$51,000

Cinema 4D
▼1%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 19 votes.

Gender

Female
22 %
Male
78 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 71%
dental benefits
Dental: 51%
vision benefits
Vision: 32%
no benefits
None: 27%