Graphic Artist / Animator Salary

Average Graphic Artists & Animators in the United States make around $50K per year. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Graphic Artists & Animators survey respondents are men (73 percent). Most Graphic Artists & Animators report high levels of job satisfaction. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and just over a half collect dental insurance. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$34,906 - $75,176
$35K
$50K
$75K
MEDIAN: $49,675
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$13.57 - $61.82
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MEDIAN: $24.30
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$0$88K
Salary $34,906 - $75,176
Bonus $152.05 - $8,877
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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$31,288 - $88,248
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 89
Hourly Data $0$64
Hourly Rate $13.57 - $61.82
Hourly Tips $1.56
Overtime $21.06 - $64.11
Annual Data $0$88K
Bonus $152.05 - $8,877
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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$31,288 - $88,248
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 35

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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 pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Autodesk 3ds Max, Autodesk Maya, Cinema 4D, and Adobe After Effects are correlated to pay that is above average. 3D Animation and Adobe Illustrator, on the other hand, are typically associated with much lower pay. Most people experienced in Adobe After Effects also know Adobe Illustrator.

Pay by Experience Level for Graphic Artist / Animator

Pay by Experience for a Graphic Artist / Animator has a positive trend. An entry-level Graphic Artist / Animator with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $47,000 based on 100 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Graphic Artist / Animator with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $60,000 based on 41 salaries. An experienced Graphic Artist / Animator which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $65,000 based on 21 salaries. A Graphic Artist / Animator with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $60,000 based on 7 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $50,144

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

For Graphic Artists & Animators, New York provides a pay rate that is 20 percent greater than the national average. Graphic Artists & Animators will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+9 percent) and Boston (+3 percent).

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Key Stats for Graphic Artist / Animator

Gender

Female
27 %
Male
73 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 17 votes.
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
56%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
8%
20 years or more
6%
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Experience Affects Graphic Artist / Animator Salaries

▲30%

▲20%

Late-Career
▲20%

National Average
$50,000

▼6%

Skills That Affect Graphic Artist / Animator Salaries

Autodesk 3ds Max
▲7%


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 17 votes.

Gender

Female
27 %
Male
73 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
56%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
8%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 80%
dental benefits
Dental: 54%
vision benefits
Vision: 43%
no benefits
None: 18%
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