Animator, 3D Salary (United States)

An Animator, 3D earns an average salary of $45,793 per year. Experience has a moderate effect on income for this job. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this field.
Animator, 3D Total Pay (?
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$31,692 - $72,242
(Median)
32K
46K
58K
72K
MEDIAN: $45,793
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Animator, 3D Total Pay (?
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$13.23 - $40.59
(Median)
13
25
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MEDIAN: $25.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$31,692 - $72,242  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,500  
Profit Sharing
$710 - $15,152  
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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$30,552 - $78,066  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 297
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$13.23 - $40.59  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $60.21  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,500  
   
Profit Sharing
$710 - $15,152  
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).
)
$30,552 - $78,066  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 297
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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.

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New York
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Los Angeles
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National Average
$48,000
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Experience Affects Animator, 3D Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 28%
National Average
$48,000

Skills That Affect Animator, 3D Salaries

Autodesk Maya
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Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 4%
Adobe After Effects
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Autodesk 3ds Max
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National Average
$48,000
3D Animation
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Gender

Female
21%
female alumni
 
Male
79%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
52%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
0%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 75% dental benefits Dental: 56%
vision benefits Vision: 42% employee benefits None: 23%
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