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Animator Salary

The market for Animators is most competitive in California, where the three top-paying cities can be found: San Diego, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. Geography and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Some workers in this field — close to one-fourth — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a fair number and dental plans are enjoyed by the larger part. There are far more male Animators survey respondents than women, making up 81 percent. The majority of Animators claim high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$34,717 - $79,077
(Median)
$35K
$50K
$79K
MEDIAN: $50,213
10%
50%
90%

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$11.91 - $41.58
(Median)
$12
$25
$42
MEDIAN: $25.00
10%
50%
90%

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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$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$34,717 - $79,077  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,071  
Profit Sharing
$704 - $6,500  
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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$32,215 - $84,645  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 255
National Hourly Rate 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$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$11.91 - $41.58  
   
Overtime
$15.00 - $60.83  
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 - $7,071  
   
Profit Sharing
$704 - $6,500  
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).
)
$32,215 - $84,645  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 108

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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


Animators report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, facility with 2D Animation and Autodesk Maya are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 56 percent and 4 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Adobe Photoshop and Adobe After Effects. Those educated in 3D Animation tend to be well versed in Adobe After Effects and Adobe Photoshop.

Pay Difference by Location


Animators in search of above-average pay will head to California: In particular, Animators in San Diego, San Francisco, and Los Angeles are the best-paid American cities for Animators, who enjoy higher pay rates than the national average. Minneapolis ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 19 percent below the national average. Austin and Atlanta are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 4 percent lower and 3 percent lower, respectively.

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Experience Affects Animator Salaries



National Average
$51,000


Skills That Affect Animator Salaries

2D Animation
up arrow 56%

Autodesk Maya
up arrow 4%

3D Animation
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National Average
$51,000

Flash Animation
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 57 votes.

Gender

Female
19 %
Male
81 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 71% dental benefits Dental: 56%
vision benefits Vision: 40% employee benefits None: 26%
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