Animator, 3D Salary

Average 3D Animators in the United States make around $52K per year. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Making up 78 percent of those who took the survey, male 3D Animators greatly outnumber their female counterparts. Most 3D Animators report high levels of job satisfaction. Health benefits are not claimed by all — close to one-fourth lack any form of coverage — but a fair number have medical insurance, and approximately one-half have dental, too. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$34,584 - $92,843
$35K
$52K
$93K
MEDIAN: $51,651
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50%
90%

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$13.85 - $40.73
$14
$22
$41
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 (?
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$32,495 - $91,272  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 162
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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

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

Common Career Paths for Animator, 3D


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As 3D Animators make advancements in their career path, their salaries may not change right away. For example, the higher-level 3D Artist position pays around the same amount as the 3D Animator job on average.

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Popular Skills for Animator, 3D


3D Animators generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in Autodesk 3ds Max, 3D Rendering, Adobe After Effects, and 3D Animation are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 14 percent. A tool kit that includes Autodesk Maya also typically contains Adobe Photoshop. The majority of those who know 3D Animation also know Adobe After Effects and Adobe Photoshop.

Pay by Experience Level for Animator, 3D

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of 3D Animators. The average inexperienced worker earns $47K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $58K. After working for 10 to 20 years, 3D Animators make a median salary of $63K. Professionals who have racked up more than two decades of experience enjoy comfortable salaries; at this stage, median wages are a cushy $104K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $51,285

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

For 3D Animators, Boston provides a pay rate that is 21 percent greater than the national average. 3D Animators will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+17 percent) and Los Angeles (+6 percent). 3D Animators' salaries are heavily influenced by location — 3D Animators in Dallas bring in salaries that are 20 percent lower than the national average. Employers pay around 20 percent less in Orlando and 17 percent less in Houston, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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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%
dental benefits
None: 27%
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