An Animator earns an average salary of $50,086 per year. Skills that are associated with high pay for this job are 2D Animation and Flash Animation. Experience strongly influences income for this job. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this career.
Animator Total Pay (?
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$31,866 - $86,461
(Median)
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50K
64K
86K
MEDIAN: $50,085
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Animator Total Pay (?
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$11.00 - $41.68
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24
34
42
MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$31,866 - $86,461  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,726  
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $19,866  
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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$30,313 - $91,126  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 19 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 412
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$11.00 - $41.68  
   
Overtime
$15.00 - $62.44  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,726  
   
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $19,866  
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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$30,313 - $91,126  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 19 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 412
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Job Description for Animator
An animator is someone that helps in an animated movie and video games whether it be by drawing hand-drawn celluloid cells or by working to help with computer animation. Animators can work on bringing characters to life or by animating vehicles, weather events or anything else that would not qualify as a character in a picture.
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Animator 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.
Popular Skills for Animator
Pay Difference By Location
San Francisco
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Los Angeles
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National Average
$51,000
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Experience Affects Animator Salaries

National Average
$51,000

Skills That Affect Animator Salaries

2D Animation
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Flash Animation
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3D Animation
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Autodesk Maya
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National Average
$51,000
Adobe Photoshop
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Job Satisfaction
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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 78 votes.
Gender
Female
18%
female alumni
 
Male
82%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
1%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 71% dental benefits Dental: 56%
vision benefits Vision: 44% employee benefits None: 27%
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