|Salary||$31,993 - $79,956|
|Bonus||$989 - $11,836|
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|$30,648 - $86,175|
|Hourly Rate||$13.70 - $50.71|
|Overtime||$16.09 - $67.59|
|Bonus||$989 - $11,836|
|Total Pay (||$30,648 - $86,175|
Job Description for Animator
Animators work by creating cartoons, usually through hand drawings, motion capture animation, or with computers. In the modern era, most animators use a range of computer programs, though sufficient knowledge of basic animation is still absolutely necessary.Read More...
Animation is used for games, films, television shows, and commercials. Animators are often expected to create both 2D and 3D animations using storyboarding, and it's important to be familiar with a variety of animation programs and software, such as Maya 3DSMax, Flash, and Morpheme. Character creation is often an important part of the position, and animators may need to be skilled in rigging, scripting, and modeling. Both full-time and part-time positions are available, and some even work freelance. Animators usually work on teams with other artists and marketing experts in order to plan and visualize concepts.
Animators must be creative individuals who can develop and contribute to unique and intriguing concepts. Much of the work is done independently, so it's important to be able to adhere to deadlines; however, communication and teamwork skills are also important in order to collaborate on projects from start to finish. Animation itself is evolving and improving all the time, so it's extremely important to stay up-to-date with all changes and developments in the field. A bachelor’s degree in art, animation, or a related field may be required by some employers.
- Design videos for in-person and web audiences.
- Collaborate with teams to understand specifications and create continuity across offerings.
- Use a variety of software to refine, improve, and update videos and create stills for other uses.
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Popular Skills for Animator
Animators report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, facility with Autodesk MotionBuilder, Autodesk 3ds Max, and 3D Animation are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 45 percent, 25 percent, and 6 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Graphic Design, Adobe After Effects, and Adobe Photoshop. Most people skilled in 3D Animation are similarly competent in Adobe After Effects and Adobe Photoshop.
Pay by Experience Level for Animator
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $47K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $58K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Animators with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $67K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $72K on average.
Pay Difference by Location
With a pay rate for Animators that is 45 percent greater than the national average, Salt Lake City offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Animators can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Diego (+33 percent), San Francisco (+32 percent), Los Angeles (+12 percent), and New York (+9 percent). Location significantly influences compensation, with Portland Animators earning much less — 26 percent less — than the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Minneapolis and Philadelphia (25 percent lower and 17 percent lower, respectively).
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