Animator Salary (United States)

An Animator earns an average salary of $50,467 per year. Skills that are associated with high pay for this job are 2D Animation and Flash Animation. Experience strongly influences income for this job. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 10 years in this career.
Animator Total Pay (?
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$33,466 - $82,289
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MEDIAN: $50,466
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Animator Total Pay (?
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$10.07 - $41.35
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MEDIAN: $23.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$33,466 - $82,289  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,796  
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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$30,346 - $88,233  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 374
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$10.07 - $41.35  
   
Overtime
$15.00 - $62.35  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,796  
   
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).
)
$30,346 - $88,233  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 374
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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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Salt Lake City
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National Average
$51,000
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Experience Affects Animator Salaries

National Average
$51,000

Skills That Affect Animator Salaries

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

Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
19%
female alumni
 
Male
81%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
55%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
10%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 70% dental benefits Dental: 57%
vision benefits Vision: 44% employee benefits None: 28%
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