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Animator Salary

Animators in the United States take home approximately $51K per year on average. Geography and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, one-fourth are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a fair number and dental insurance is reported by the greater part. Job satisfaction for Animators is high. Men make up the vast majority of Animators (82 percent) who took the survey. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$34,792 - $79,873
(Median)
$35K
$51K
$80K
MEDIAN: $50,561
10%
50%
90%

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$10.28 - $40.81
(Median)
$10
$25
$41
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
$34,792 - $79,873  
   
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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$31,896 - $84,718  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 244
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
$10.28 - $40.81  
   
Overtime
$15.00 - $60.83  
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).
)
$31,896 - $84,718  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 108

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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 report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with 2D Animation and Autodesk Maya are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 55 percent and 4 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Adobe Photoshop and Adobe After Effects. Those familiar with 3D Animation also tend to know Adobe After Effects and Adobe Photoshop.

Pay Difference by Location


California is a land of opportunity for Animators. The state is home to the top three paying cities in the field, with San Diego, San Francisco, and Los Angeles all offering salaries above the national rate. The lowest-paying market is Minneapolis, which sits 19 percent below the national average. Workers in Austin and Atlanta earn less than others in this profession; their salaries fall short of the national average by 4 percent.

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Experience Affects Animator Salaries



National Average
$51,000


Skills That Affect Animator Salaries

2D Animation
up arrow 55%

Autodesk Maya
up arrow 4%

3D Animation
up arrow 1%

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
7%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 72% dental benefits Dental: 57%
vision benefits Vision: 42% employee benefits None: 26%