Animator Salary

Animators in the United States can expect wages of $50K annually on average. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Most people who answered the questionnaire are men; 69 percent of Animators are male. Some workers in this field — over a third — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by the greater part and dental plans are enjoyed by just under a half. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$30,208 - $81,571
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$82K
MEDIAN: $50,199
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$13.33 - $49.40
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$0$88K
Salary $30,208 - $81,571
Bonus $621 - $10,332
Profit Sharing $1,965
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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$30,124 - $88,326
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 310
Hourly Data $0$61
Hourly Rate $13.33 - $49.40
Overtime $15.43 - $61.40
Annual Data $0$88K
Bonus $621 - $10,332
Profit Sharing $1,965
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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$30,124 - $88,326
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 151

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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.

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Animator Tasks

  • 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 diverse set of skills 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 34 percent, 24 percent, and 6 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Graphic Design, Adobe Photoshop, and Adobe After Effects. The majority of those who know 3D Animation also know Adobe After Effects and Adobe Photoshop.

Pay by Experience Level for Animator

Pay by Experience for an Animator has a positive trend. An entry-level Animator with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $47,000 based on 313 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Animator with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $57,000 based on 125 salaries. An experienced Animator which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $72,000 based on 63 salaries. An Animator with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $76,000 based on 14 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $50,569

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

San Francisco is home to an above-average pay rate for Animators, 54 percent higher than the national average. Animators can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Salt Lake City (+44 percent), San Diego (+21 percent), Los Angeles (+8 percent), and New York (+7 percent). Animators in Minneapolis report much lower salaries than the rest of the country — 26 percent below the national average — proving that residence is a major factor in overall pay. Employers in Portland and Philadelphia also lean toward paying below-median salaries (26 percent lower and 18 percent lower, respectively).

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Key Stats for Animator

Gender

Female
31 %
Male
69 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 44 votes.
Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
3%
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Experience Affects Animator Salaries

Late-Career
▲50%

▲43%

▲13%

National Average
$51,000

▼8%

Skills That Affect Animator Salaries

Autodesk MotionBuilder
▲34%

Autodesk 3ds Max
▲24%

▲6%


National Average
$51,000



▼7%



Graphic Design
▼18%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 44 votes.

Gender

Female
31 %
Male
69 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 61%
dental benefits
Dental: 47%
vision benefits
Vision: 41%
no benefits
None: 37%
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