Graphic Artist / Animator Salary

Median pay for Graphic Artists & Animators in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $48K annually. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Work is reasonably fulfilling for most Graphic Artists & Animators — the majority report average levels of job satisfaction. Male Graphic Artists & Animators are more prevalent than women among those who took the survey — 67 percent of professionals. A strong majority enjoy medical while the larger part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to just over two-fifths.

$32,911 - $79,265
(Median)
$33K
$48K
$79K
MEDIAN: $47,610
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$13.05 - $49.66
(Median)
$13
$23
$50
MEDIAN: $23.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$32,911 - $79,265  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,034  
Profit Sharing
$3,500  
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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$31,390 - $87,253  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 144
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$13.05 - $49.66  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.05  
Overtime
$19.85 - $61.82  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,034  
   
Profit Sharing
$3,500  
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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$31,390 - $87,253  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 54
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Job Description for Graphic Artist / Animator

Graphic artists/animators fulfill a role which demands high levels of creativity and the ability to manufacture art on demand. These artists are responsible for creating original works ranging from traditional animation to computer animation and everything in between, and they typically work from a computer to produce digital assets for production of media from feature films to commercials. A typical day involves beginning with a script or starting pitch, developing it into a storyboard, and presenting ideas to the creative director. When approval has been provided for the project's style or concept, the graphic artists begin work on drafting assets from characters to scenery to be used in the animation.

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Graphic Artist / Animator Tasks

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

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Popular Skills for Graphic Artist / Animator


Graphic Artists & Animators generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in Autodesk 3ds Max, Cinema 4D, Autodesk Maya, and Adobe After Effects are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include 3D Animation, Adobe Photoshop, and Adobe Illustrator. Those educated in Adobe After Effects tend to be well versed in Adobe Illustrator.

Pay by Experience Level for Graphic Artist / Animator

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


Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $46K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $58K on average — a distinctly larger sum. For Graphic Artists & Animators, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $60K. Respondents who boast more than two decades on the job don't boast commensurate pay, unfortunately; these veterans see average earnings of only $42K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $49,069

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

Los Angeles offers some of the highest pay in the country for Graphic Artists & Animators, 53 percent above the national average. Graphic Artists & Animators will also find cushy salaries in New York (+20 percent).

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Experience Affects Graphic Artist / Animator Salaries



National Average
$49,000


Late-Career
up arrow 15%

Skills That Affect Graphic Artist / Animator Salaries

Cinema 4D
up arrow 9%

Autodesk 3ds Max
up arrow 9%

Adobe After Effects
0%

Autodesk Maya
0%

National Average
$49,000

Adobe Illustrator
up arrow 4%


3D Animation
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 39 votes.

Gender

Female
33 %
Male
67 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 78%
dental benefits
Dental: 61%
medical benefits
Vision: 43%
dental benefits
None: 19%
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