The average pay for an Animator is $49,952 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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$32,632 - $80,521
(Median)
$33K
$50K
$81K
MEDIAN: $49,952
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90%

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$12.74 - $50.51
(Median)
$13
$22
$51
MEDIAN: $22.00
10%
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$32,632 - $80,521  
   
Bonus
$988 - $11,635  
Profit Sharing
$2,948  
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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$30,641 - $86,948  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 306
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$24$48$72
Hourly Rate
$12.74 - $50.51  
   
Overtime
$16.55 - $69.06  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$988 - $11,635  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,948  
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).
)
$30,641 - $86,948  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 126
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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

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $50,322

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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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Autodesk Maya
up arrow 4%

Adobe Illustrator
0%

National Average
$50,000





Graphic Design
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 45 votes.

Gender

Female
24 %
Male
76 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 69%
dental benefits
Dental: 51%
medical benefits
Vision: 39%
dental benefits
None: 29%
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