Animator, 3D Salary (United States)

With 59 percent of 3D Animators reporting fewer than five years of experience, the field is full of relatively green workers making an average of $47,474 per year. Pay generally spreads from $29,974 to $77,041 per year. Cash earnings—which sometimes include up to $5,135 from bonuses and more than $15,152 from profit sharing—stretch from around $30,463 to approximately $71,431. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the particular city. While some workers in this profession—24 percent—do not have any health coverage, most do receive medical benefits and more than half have dental insurance. Male 3D Animators are far more common in the field than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. Work is enjoyable for the better half of 3D Animators who claim high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
Animator, 3D Salary (?
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$30,463 - $71,431
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MEDIAN: $45,868
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Animator, 3D Salary (?
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$12.46 - $40.59
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MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$30,463 - $71,431  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,135  
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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$29,974 - $77,041  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 200
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$12.46 - $40.59  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $59.76  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,135  
   
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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$29,974 - $77,041  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 82
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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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3D Animators' salary tends to stay somewhat level despite career advancements. Those who assume higher-end positions like Animator tend to get paid about the same as they did in lower-level roles.

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Popular Skills for Animator, 3D

Typical 3D Animators report a focused set of job skills. Adobe Photoshop and Autodesk 3ds Max are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 4 percent and 4 percent respectively. Those proficient in Adobe After Effects are, more often than not, also skilled in Autodesk Maya and 3D Animation.

Pay Difference By Location

New York
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Los Angeles
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National Average
$47,000
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With a pay rate for 3D Animators that is 31 percent greater than the national average, New York offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. 3D Animators will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+13 percent).

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Experience Affects Animator, 3D Salaries

Experienced
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National Average
$47,000

Skills That Affect Animator, 3D Salaries

Adobe Photoshop
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Autodesk 3ds Max
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Autodesk Maya
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Adobe After Effects
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National Average
$47,000
3D Animation
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 66 votes.

Gender

Female
22%
female alumni
 
Male
78%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
0%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 74% dental benefits Dental: 55%
vision benefits Vision: 42% employee benefits None: 24%
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