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Animator Salary (United States)

The average Animator in the United States earns approximately $51K per year. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The vast majority of Animators (81 percent) who took the survey are men. Most Animators like their work and job satisfaction is high. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and just under one in three lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by the greater part and dental coverage is claimed by the larger part. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
Animator Salary (?
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$34,582 - $79,676
(Median)
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51K
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MEDIAN: $50,666
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Animator Salary (?
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$10.14 - $41.21
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National Salary Data

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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$34,582 - $79,676  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,851  
Profit Sharing
$704 - $6,500  
Total Pay (?
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$30,712 - $85,482  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 238
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$22$44$66
Hourly Rate
$10.14 - $41.21  
   
Overtime
$14.54 - $63.37  
National Annualized Data (?
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$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).
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$30,712 - $85,482  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 113
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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 wide range of professional skills. Fortunate workers who know 2D Animation command much higher paychecks, scoring salaries 57 percent above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Adobe Photoshop, Flash Animation, and Adobe After Effects. Those familiar with 3D Animation also tend to know Adobe After Effects and Adobe Photoshop.

Pay Difference By Location

San Francisco
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National Average
$51,000
Chicago
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Austin
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Minneapolis
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San Francisco offers some of the highest pay in the country for Animators, 31 percent above the national average. Animators will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+21 percent). With compensation 18 percent below the national average, Minneapolis is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Below-median salaries also turn up in New York and Austin (5 percent lower and 2 percent lower, respectively).

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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
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3D Animation
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National Average
$51,000

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 64 votes.

Gender

Female
19%
female alumni
 
Male
81%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 69% dental benefits Dental: 56%
vision benefits Vision: 44% employee benefits None: 29%