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Animator, 3D Salary

Average 3D Animators in the United States make around $46K annually. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Male 3D Animators far outnumber their female contemporaries among those who completed the questionnaire. Although a strong majority have medical coverage and slightly more than half have dental coverage, nearly one in five claim no health benefits at all. For the most part, people in this position report moderate levels of job satisfaction. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$30,933 - $73,544
(Median)
$31K
$46K
$74K
MEDIAN: $46,172
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$12.12 - $40.53
(Median)
$12
$23
$41
MEDIAN: $23.00
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National Salary 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$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$30,933 - $73,544  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,011  
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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$30,466 - $76,217  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 196
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$12.12 - $40.53  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $57.96  
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 - $5,011  
   
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).
)
$30,466 - $76,217  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 70
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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 who go on to become Animators may see somewhat stagnant compensation. On average, an Animator, an upper-level role, pays $50K.

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Popular Skills for Animator, 3D


3D Animators who responded to the survey report just a handful of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Adobe Photoshop, Autodesk Maya, Adobe After Effects, and Autodesk 3ds Max are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 5 percent. Those educated in Adobe After Effects tend to be well versed in Autodesk Maya.

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Experience Affects Animator, 3D Salaries



National Average
$48,000


Skills That Affect Animator, 3D Salaries


Autodesk Maya
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Adobe After Effects
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Autodesk 3ds Max
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3D Animation
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National Average
$48,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 35 votes.

Gender

Female
19 %
Male
81 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
52%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 78% dental benefits Dental: 53%
vision benefits Vision: 40% employee benefits None: 21%
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