Animator, 3D Salary

3D Animators in the United States take home an average $46K annually. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Making up 78 percent of those who took the survey, male 3D Animators greatly outnumber their female counterparts. Most people on this career path report moderate levels of job satisfaction. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — slightly less than a fourth lack coverage. On the flip side, a strong majority have medical insurance and just over a half receive dental plans. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$30,861 - $74,089
(Median)
$31K
$46K
$74K
MEDIAN: $46,269
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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
$30,861 - $74,089  
   
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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$30,588 - $76,264  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 193
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 (?
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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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$30,588 - $76,264  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 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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For 3D Animators, career advancements do not tend to correlate with a rise in salary. On average, lower-level 3D Animators earn similar salaries to those in higher-end positions like Animator.

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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 Maya, and Autodesk 3ds Max are correlated to pay that is above average. Most people who know Adobe Photoshop also know Adobe After Effects and 3D Animation. Most people skilled in Autodesk Maya are similarly competent in 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
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Autodesk Maya
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Adobe After Effects
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Autodesk 3ds Max
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National Average
$47,000

3D Animation
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 32 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: 77% dental benefits Dental: 53%
vision benefits Vision: 40% employee benefits None: 22%
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