Animator Salary (United States)

An Animator earns an average salary of $50,923 per year. A skill in 2D Animation is associated with high pay for this job. Experience strongly influences income for this job. People in this job generally don't have more than 10 years' experience.
Animator Total Pay (?
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$34,413 - $81,895
(Median)
34K
51K
64K
82K
MEDIAN: $50,922
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Animator Total Pay (?
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$10.04 - $41.41
(Median)
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15
23
33
41
MEDIAN: $23.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$34,413 - $81,895  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,919  
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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$30,731 - $88,602  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 5 Aug 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 368
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$10.04 - $41.41  
   
Overtime
$14.90 - $62.53  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,919  
   
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).
)
$30,731 - $88,602  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 5 Aug 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 368
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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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Pay Difference By Location

San Francisco
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National Average
$51,000
Chicago
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New York
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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
up arrow 2%
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 75 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
27%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 70% dental benefits Dental: 58%
vision benefits Vision: 46% employee benefits None: 28%
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