Animator Salary

An Animator earns an average salary of $50,281 per year. A skill in 2D Animation is associated with high pay for this job. Pay for this job rises steadily for more experienced workers, but goes down significantly for the few employees with more than 20 years' experience. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this career.
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$35,013 - $77,973

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$12.51 - $43.30

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$35,013 - $77,973  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,878  
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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$32,130 - $84,024  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 274
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$12.51 - $43.30  
   
Overtime
$15.00 - $62.08  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,878  
   
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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$32,130 - $84,024  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 114
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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

  • 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 by Experience Level for Animator

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Experience Affects Animator Salaries



National Average
$51,000


Late-Career
up arrow 9%

Skills That Affect Animator Salaries

2D Animation
up arrow 56%

Autodesk Maya
up arrow 4%

3D Animation
up arrow 3%

Adobe Illustrator
0%

National Average
$51,000

Flash Animation
up arrow 3%



Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
19 %
Male
81 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 72% dental benefits Dental: 55%
vision benefits Vision: 40% employee benefits None: 26%
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