Animator Salary (United States)

About two-thirds of Animators report fewer than five years in the field, making for a fairly junior workforce. The group as a whole takes home roughly $51,015 annually on average. Pay ranges from $30,787 on the low end to $86,421 per year on the higher side. Career duration and geography each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Health benefits are not claimed by all—28 percent lack any form of coverage—but most have medical insurance, and more than half have dental, too. Men make up the vast majority of Animators (81 percent). Work is enjoyable for the better half of Animators who claim high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Animator Salary (?
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$34,548 - $80,041
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MEDIAN: $50,990
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Animator Salary (?
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$10.01 - $41.58
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National Salary Data

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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$34,548 - $80,041  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,500  
Profit Sharing
$692 - $15,000  
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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$30,787 - $86,421  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 245
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$22$44$66
Hourly Rate
$10.01 - $41.58  
   
Overtime
$10.00 - $63.81  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,500  
   
Profit Sharing
$692 - $15,000  
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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$30,787 - $86,421  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 115
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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.

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Popular Skills for Animator

Survey results imply that Animators put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, facility with 2D Animation and Autodesk Maya are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 57 percent and 3 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Adobe Photoshop, Flash Animation, and Adobe After Effects. The majority of those who know 3D Animation also know Adobe After Effects and Adobe Photoshop.

Pay Difference By Location

San Francisco
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National Average
$51,000
Chicago
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For Animators, San Francisco provides a pay rate that is 29 percent greater than the national average. Animators will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+21 percent). Trailing the national average by 6 percent, New York is the market with the smallest paychecks.

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Experience Affects Animator Salaries

National Average
$51,000

Skills That Affect Animator Salaries

2D Animation
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Autodesk Maya
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3D Animation
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National Average
$51,000
Flash Animation
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 70 votes.

Gender

Female
19%
female alumni
 
Male
81%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
54%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 70% dental benefits Dental: 57%
vision benefits Vision: 45% employee benefits None: 28%
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