The average salary for an Animator, 3D is $51,083 per year. People in this job generally don't have more than 20 years' experience.
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$34,568 - $92,457
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$35K
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$92K
MEDIAN: $51,083
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$12.90 - $40.09
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MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$34,568 - $92,457  
   
Bonus
$976 - $14,400  
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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$32,160 - $90,841  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 154
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$26$52$78
Hourly Rate
$12.90 - $40.09  
   
Overtime
$20.61 - $76.03  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$976 - $14,400  
   
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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$32,160 - $90,841  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 68
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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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Pay by Experience Level for Animator, 3D

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $50,611

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Experience Affects Animator, 3D Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$51,000


Skills That Affect Animator, 3D Salaries




Autodesk Maya
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Cinema 4D
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Adobe Photoshop
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National Average
$51,000

3D Rendering
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 17 votes.

Gender

Female
24 %
Male
76 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 70%
dental benefits
Dental: 45%
medical benefits
Vision: 34%
dental benefits
None: 28%
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