Animator, 3D Salary

The average 3D Animator in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $46K annually. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most workers in this position report moderate levels of job satisfaction. Most 3D Animators survey respondents are men (78 percent). While somewhere between a fifth and a fourth report receiving no health benefits, a strong majority do receive medical coverage, and just over a half have dental, as well. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$30,923 - $74,039
(Median)
$31K
$46K
$74K
MEDIAN: $46,193
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$12.43 - $40.39
(Median)
$12
$21
$40
MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$30,923 - $74,039  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,152  
Profit Sharing
$1,000 - $8,750  
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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$30,637 - $76,216  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 194
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$12.43 - $40.39  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $59.97  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,152  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,000 - $8,750  
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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$30,637 - $76,216  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 72
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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

  • Use a variety of software to refine, improve, and update videos and create stills for other uses.
  • Collaborate with teams to understand specifications and create continuity across offerings.
  • Design videos for in-person and web audiences.

Common Career Paths for Animator, 3D


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Many 3D Animators move into an Animator role, which does not lead to a big boost in pay. Animators on average bring in a similar salary to 3D Animators.

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Popular Skills for Animator, 3D


Survey results imply that 3D Animators put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, skills in Adobe Photoshop, Adobe After Effects, Autodesk 3ds Max, and Autodesk Maya are correlated to pay that is above average. Most people skilled in Adobe Photoshop are similarly competent in Adobe After Effects and 3D Animation. A tool kit that includes Autodesk Maya also typically contains 3D Animation and Adobe After Effects.

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Experience Affects Animator, 3D Salaries



National Average
$47,000


Skills That Affect Animator, 3D Salaries

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 4%

Adobe After Effects
up arrow 3%

Autodesk Maya
up arrow 2%

Autodesk 3ds Max
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National Average
$47,000

3D Animation
up arrow 1%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 30 votes.

Gender

Female
22 %
Male
78 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
52%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 76% dental benefits Dental: 54%
vision benefits Vision: 41% employee benefits None: 22%
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