Animator Salary (United States)

61 percent of Animators are relatively green, reporting fewer than five years in the field, and median pay in the workforce is around $51,015 annually. The range in pay spans from $30,787 to $86,421 per year. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Although most have medical coverage and more than half have dental coverage, 28 percent claim no health benefits at all. Male Animators far outnumber their female counterparys in the field. Work is enjoyable for Animators, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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  
PayScale
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

Animators report using a wide range of professional skills. 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. Most people familiar with 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 those looking to make money, Animators in San Francisco enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 29 percent above the national average. Animators will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+21 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in New York, 6 percent below the national average.

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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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