Graphic Artist / Animator Salary

Graphic Artists & Animators in the United States take home an average $50K annually. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. More than half of Graphic Artists & Animators (69 percent) survey respondents are men. A strong majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a little over a half collect dental insurance. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$35,451 - $72,792
$35K
$50K
$73K
MEDIAN: $49,633
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50%
90%

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$13.82 - $60.40
$14
$24
$60
MEDIAN: $23.94
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$35,451 - $72,792  
   
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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$31,937 - $86,665  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 97
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$22$44$66
Hourly Rate
$13.82 - $60.40  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.81  
Overtime
$21.29 - $64.11  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
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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$31,937 - $86,665  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 38

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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


Survey results imply that Graphic Artists & Animators put a diverse skill set to use. 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 as skills, however, tend to be associated with significantly smaller paychecks. The majority of those who know 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: $49,954

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

With a pay rate for Graphic Artists & Animators that is 20 percent greater than the national average, New York offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. 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
31 %
Male
69 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 19 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
59%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
9%
20 years or more
5%
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Experience Affects Graphic Artist / Animator Salaries

▲30%

▲21%

Late-Career
▲20%

National Average
$50,000

▼6%

Skills That Affect Graphic Artist / Animator Salaries

Autodesk 3ds Max
▲7%


Cinema 4D
▲2%

Adobe After Effects
▲1%

National Average
$50,000



3D Animation
▼22%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
31 %
Male
69 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
59%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
9%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 78%
dental benefits
Dental: 54%
vision benefits
Vision: 45%
no benefits
None: 17%
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