Earnings for Entry-Level 3D Animators come in at around $48K annually on average. Most Entry-Level 3D Animators report high levels of job satisfaction. Making up 78 percent of those who took the survey, male Entry-Level 3D Animators greatly outnumber their female counterparts. Some workers in this field — roughly two in five — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by more than half and dental plans are enjoyed by over a third.

$32,451 - $74,710
(Median)
$32K
$48K
$75K
MEDIAN: $48,264
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$13.09 - $30.70
(Median)
$13
$19
$31
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$32,451 - $74,710  
   
Bonus
$511 - $14,303  
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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$31,146 - $77,483  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 100
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$130$260$390
Hourly Rate
$13.09 - $30.70  
   
Overtime
$19.58 - $387.83  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$260K$520K$780K
Bonus
$511 - $14,303  
   
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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$31,146 - $77,483  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 51
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Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $46,662

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With a pay rate for Entry-Level 3D Animators that is 27 percent greater than the national average, Los Angeles offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Entry-Level 3D Animators will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+13 percent) and San Francisco (+7 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Orlando, 13 percent below the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Dallas and New York (11 percent lower and 1 percent lower, respectively).

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Skills That Affect Animator, 3D Salaries

3D Rendering
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National Average
$47,000

3D Animation
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Adobe After Effects
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Autodesk 3ds Max
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Adobe Photoshop
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 8 votes.

Gender

Female
22 %
Male
78 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 56%
dental benefits
Dental: 37%
medical benefits
Vision: 29%
dental benefits
None: 41%
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