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Animator Salary

The three top-paying cities for Animators in the United States — San Diego, San Francisco, and Los Angeles — are all in California. Geographic location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Although a fair number have medical coverage and the greater part have dental coverage, close to a fourth claim no health benefits at all. There are far more male Animators survey respondents than women, making up 82 percent. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$34,872 - $78,463
(Median)
$35K
$50K
$78K
MEDIAN: $50,119
10%
50%
90%

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$12.34 - $42.65
(Median)
$12
$25
$43
MEDIAN: $25.00
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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
$34,872 - $78,463  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,851  
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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$32,871 - $84,260  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 265
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
$12.34 - $42.65  
   
Overtime
$15.10 - $61.92  
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.
)
$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,851  
   
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).
)
$32,871 - $84,260  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 109
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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


Survey results show that Animators use a fair number of skills. 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. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Adobe Photoshop, Adobe After Effects, and Flash Animation. Most people experienced in 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 $48K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $59K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Animators bring in $66K after working for 10 to 20 years. Survey participants with more than two decades under their belts actually report earning less than people with less experience; the former take home only $53K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


Relative to Animators in the rest of the country, Animators in San Diego, San Francisco, and Los Angeles see salaries beyond the national average. In fact, these California cities offer more pay than any other American city. Location significantly influences compensation, with Dallas Animators earning much less — 24 percent less — than the national average. Minneapolis and Atlanta are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 18 percent lower and 3 percent lower, respectively.

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Experience Affects Animator Salaries



Late-Career
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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

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

Gender

Female
18 %
Male
82 %

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: 56%
vision benefits Vision: 40% employee benefits None: 26%
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