Animator Salary

For Animators, annual average wages total $50K per year. Residence and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Among survey respondents, men are more common than women; 81 percent of Animators are male. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Nearly one in four of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a fair number report medical coverage and just over a half claim dental coverage as well. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$35,013 - $77,973
(Median)
$35K
$50K
$78K
MEDIAN: $50,163
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90%

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$12.51 - $43.30
(Median)
$13
$25
$43
MEDIAN: $25.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$35,013 - $77,973  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,000  
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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$32,130 - $84,024  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 274
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$12.51 - $43.30  
   
Overtime
$15.10 - $61.92  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,000  
   
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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$32,130 - $84,024  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 114
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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 seem to require a number of specific skills. Fortunate workers who know 2D Animation command much higher paychecks, scoring salaries 57 percent above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Adobe Photoshop and Adobe After Effects. Most people who know 3D Animation also know 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.


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 $59K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Animators see a median salary of $67K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Folks with more than two decades of experience actually report lower incomes overall; their average comes out to a mere $46K.

Pay Difference by Location


Animators can earn above-average salaries when they head west to California. Specifically, San Diego, San Francisco, and Los Angeles represent the three top-paying cities for Animators in the United States. The lowest-paying market is Dallas, which sits 23 percent below the national average, proving that location is a significant contributor to overall pay. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Orlando and Minneapolis (20 percent lower and 18 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Animator Salaries



National Average
$51,000


Late-Career
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Skills That Affect Animator Salaries

2D Animation
up arrow 57%

Autodesk Maya
up arrow 3%

3D Animation
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Adobe Illustrator
0%

National Average
$51,000

Flash Animation
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 58 votes.

Gender

Female
19 %
Male
81 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 71% dental benefits Dental: 55%
vision benefits Vision: 40% employee benefits None: 26%
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