Graphic Artist / Animator Salary

The average Graphic Artist & Animator in the United States earns approximately $50K annually. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Male Graphic Artists & Animators are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. The majority of Graphic Artists & Animators claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to a strong majority, and a little more than half earn dental coverage. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$35,518 - $73,901
$36K
$50K
$74K
MEDIAN: $49,779
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$10.07 - $59.60
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MEDIAN: $24.55
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$35,518 - $73,901  
   
Bonus
$154.56 - $8,726  
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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$32,072 - $87,297  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 100
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$22$44$66
Hourly Rate
$10.07 - $59.60  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.81  
Overtime
$21.45 - $63.62  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$154.56 - $8,726  
   
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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$32,072 - $87,297  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 40
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Job Description for Graphic Artist / Animator

Graphic artists/animators should have at least a bachelor’s degree in digital media or graphic design, and they are commonly tasked with working with a variety of programs such as Element 3D, Optical Flares, Trapcode Suite, and the Adobe Creative Suite.

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Graphic Artist / Animator Tasks

  • Design graphics and animation for specific projects, from brainstorming to final delivery.
  • Use software and animation techniques to create compelling image sequences.
  • Participate in client and pitch meetings to develop, conduct market research, and finalize specifications.

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Popular Skills for Graphic Artist / Animator


Graphic Artists & Animators report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Autodesk 3ds Max, Autodesk Maya, Cinema 4D, and Adobe After Effects are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing 3D Animation as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop also typically command lower compensation. For most people, competency in Adobe After Effects indicates knowledge of Adobe Illustrator.

Pay by Experience Level for Graphic Artist / Animator

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


Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $47K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $60K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Graphic Artists & Animators make a median salary of $65K. For some reason, Graphic Artists & Animators with more than two decades of experience report lower paychecks overall; the median sum in this group sits near $60K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $50,300

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Home to some of the best pay for Graphic Artists & Animators, New York offers exceptional salaries, 19 percent above the national average. Graphic Artists & Animators will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+8 percent) and Boston (+2 percent).

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Key Stats for Graphic Artist / Animator

Gender

Female
30 %
Male
70 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 19 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
55%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
5%
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Experience Affects Graphic Artist / Animator Salaries

▲29%

▲20%

Late-Career
▲19%

National Average
$50,000

▼7%

Skills That Affect Graphic Artist / Animator Salaries

Autodesk 3ds Max
▲6%


Cinema 4D
▲1%

Adobe After Effects
▼0%

National Average
$50,000



3D Animation
▼22%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 19 votes.

Gender

Female
30 %
Male
70 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
55%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 78%
dental benefits
Dental: 55%
vision benefits
Vision: 44%
dental benefits
None: 18%
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