Animator Salary

The average pay for an Animator is $49,803 per year. The highest paying skills associated with this job are Autodesk MotionBuilder and Autodesk 3ds Max. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this career.
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$30,743 - $80,135
$31K
$50K
$80K
MEDIAN: $49,803
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$13.18 - $51.51
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MEDIAN: $22.28
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$30,743 - $80,135  
   
Bonus
$981 - $12,080  
Profit Sharing
$1,000  
Total Pay (?
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$30,231 - $88,136  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 304
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$23$46$69
Hourly Rate
$13.18 - $51.51  
   
Overtime
$15.55 - $67.94  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$981 - $12,080  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,000  
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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$30,231 - $88,136  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 128

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Job Description for Animator

Animators work by creating cartoons, usually through hand drawings, motion capture animation, or with computers. In the modern era, most animators use a range of computer programs, though sufficient knowledge of basic animation is still absolutely necessary.

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Animator Tasks

  • Design videos for in-person and web audiences.
  • Collaborate with teams to understand specifications and create continuity across offerings.
  • Use a variety of software to refine, improve, and update videos and create stills for other uses.

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Pay by Experience Level for Animator

Pay by Experience for an Animator has a positive trend. An entry-level Animator with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $47,000 based on 313 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Animator with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $57,000 based on 125 salaries. An experienced Animator which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $72,000 based on 63 salaries. An Animator with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $76,000 based on 14 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $50,171

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Key Stats for Animator

Gender

Female
29 %
Male
71 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 37 votes.
Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
3%
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Experience Affects Animator Salaries

Late-Career
▲51%

▲44%

▲14%

National Average
$50,000

▼7%

Skills That Affect Animator Salaries

Autodesk MotionBuilder
▲35%

Autodesk 3ds Max
▲25%

▲7%


National Average
$50,000



▼6%



Graphic Design
▼18%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 37 votes.

Gender

Female
29 %
Male
71 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 65%
dental benefits
Dental: 49%
vision benefits
Vision: 41%
no benefits
None: 34%