Animator, 3D Salary

3D Animators in the United States can expect wages of $46K per year on average. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Though the majority of 3D Animators do not report high levels of job satisfaction, most are moderately content with their role. Making up 78 percent of those who took the survey, male 3D Animators greatly outnumber their female counterparts. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and nearly one in five lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a fair number and dental coverage is claimed by over one-half. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$30,873 - $72,697
(Median)
$31K
$46K
$73K
MEDIAN: $45,805
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90%

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$12.16 - $40.39
(Median)
$12
$25
$40
MEDIAN: $24.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$30,873 - $72,697  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,872  
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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$30,101 - $75,705  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 194
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$12.16 - $40.39  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $54.31  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,872  
   
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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$30,101 - $75,705  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 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


3D Animators only report a few specific skills. Most notably, skills in Autodesk Maya, Adobe Photoshop, Autodesk 3ds Max, and 3D Animation are correlated to pay that is above average. It is often found that people who know Adobe After Effects are also skilled in Autodesk Maya.

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Experience Affects Animator, 3D Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 25%


National Average
$48,000


Skills That Affect Animator, 3D Salaries

Autodesk Maya
up arrow 5%

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 4%

Autodesk 3ds Max
up arrow 3%

3D Animation
up arrow 1%

Adobe After Effects
0%

National Average
$48,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 41 votes.

Gender

Female
22 %
Male
78 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
52%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 77% dental benefits Dental: 53%
vision benefits Vision: 40% employee benefits None: 21%