Animators in the United States take home an average $50K annually. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Animators who answered the questionnnaire. Job satisfaction for Animators is high. Slightly less than a third of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, the larger part report medical coverage and about one-half claim dental coverage as well. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$31,993 - $79,956
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MEDIAN: $49,807
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$13.70 - $50.71
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$31,993 - $79,956  
   
Bonus
$989 - $11,836  
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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$30,648 - $86,175  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 318
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$23$46$69
Hourly Rate
$13.70 - $50.71  
   
Overtime
$16.09 - $67.59  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$989 - $11,836  
   
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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$30,648 - $86,175  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 132

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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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Popular Skills for Animator


Animators report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, facility with Autodesk MotionBuilder, Autodesk 3ds Max, and 3D Animation are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 45 percent, 25 percent, and 6 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Graphic Design, Adobe After Effects, and Adobe Photoshop. Most people skilled in 3D Animation are similarly competent in 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.


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $47K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $58K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Animators with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $67K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $72K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $50,097

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With a pay rate for Animators that is 45 percent greater than the national average, Salt Lake City offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Animators can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Diego (+33 percent), San Francisco (+32 percent), Los Angeles (+12 percent), and New York (+9 percent). Location significantly influences compensation, with Portland Animators earning much less — 26 percent less — than the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Minneapolis and Philadelphia (25 percent lower and 17 percent lower, respectively).

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Key Stats for Animator

Gender

Female
29 %
Male
71 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 40 votes.
Less than 1 year
12%
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
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National Average
$50,000


Skills That Affect Animator Salaries

Autodesk MotionBuilder
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Autodesk 3ds Max
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Adobe Illustrator
0%

National Average
$50,000





Graphic Design
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 40 votes.

Gender

Female
29 %
Male
71 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 67%
dental benefits
Dental: 49%
vision benefits
Vision: 40%
dental benefits
None: 31%
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