The average salary for an Entry-Level Animator is $48,048 per year.

$30,452 - $69,419
$30K
$48K
$69K
MEDIAN: $48,048
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$12.12 - $39.47
$12
$20
$39
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$30,452 - $69,419  
   
Bonus
$206.08 - $10,033  
Profit Sharing
$2,500  
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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$29,640 - $75,413  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 214
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$12.12 - $39.47  
   
Overtime
$16.41 - $59.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$206.08 - $10,033  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,500  
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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$29,640 - $75,413  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 88

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Key Stats for Animator

Gender

Female
32 %
Male
68 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 26 votes.
Less than 1 year
16%
1-4 years
66%
5-9 years
19%
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Years in Fields/Career:
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Skills That Affect Animator Salaries

3D Animation
up arrow 6%

Adobe Illustrator
up arrow 4%

Autodesk Maya
up arrow 3%

National Average
$47,000

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 2%

Adobe After Effects
up arrow 4%

Flash Animation
up arrow 5%

2D Animation
up arrow 6%

Graphic Design
up arrow 15%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 26 votes.

Gender

Female
32 %
Male
68 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 68%
dental benefits
Dental: 47%
vision benefits
Vision: 37%
dental benefits
None: 30%
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