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Animator, 3D Salary

3D Animators in the United States take home approximately $46K per year on average. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $5K and $15K, respectively — total cash payment to 3D Animators can bottom out near $30K or peak near $77K depending on individual performance. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Roughly one in four of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a fair number report medical coverage and a little more than half claim dental coverage as well. Among folks in this role, job satisfaction levels approximately match the national average. Generally, women make up less than a third of all 3D Animators who answered the questionnnaire. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
$30,031 - $72,033
(Median)
30K
36K
46K
59K
72K
MEDIAN: $45,845
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$12.53 - $40.48
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $25.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$30,031 - $72,033  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,195  
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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$29,769 - $77,412  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 191
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$12.53 - $40.48  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $57.02  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,195  
   
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).
)
$29,769 - $77,412  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 74
United States (change)

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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3D Animators' salary tends to stay somewhat level for those who assume higher-end positions like Animator. Median pay for Animators is $49K.

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Popular Skills for Animator, 3D


Survey results show that 3D Animators use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in Autodesk Maya, Autodesk 3ds Max, Adobe Photoshop, and Adobe After Effects are correlated to pay that is above average. Most people familiar with Adobe After Effects also know Autodesk Maya and 3D Animation.

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Experience Affects Animator, 3D Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 27%


National Average
$48,000


Skills That Affect Animator, 3D Salaries

Autodesk Maya
up arrow 4%

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 3%

Autodesk 3ds Max
up arrow 3%

Adobe After Effects
0%

National Average
$48,000

3D Animation
up arrow 2%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 53 votes.

Gender

Female
21 %
Male
79 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
54%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 75% dental benefits Dental: 54%
vision benefits Vision: 40% employee benefits None: 24%