Graphic Artist / Animator Salary

Graphic Artists & Animators in the United States take home an average $49K per year. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Graphic Artists & Animators. A fair number enjoy medical while a majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than two-fifths.

$35,117 - $73,676
$35K
$49K
$74K
MEDIAN: $49,327
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50%
90%

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$10.14 - $59.18
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$59
MEDIAN: $24.30
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$35,117 - $73,676  
   
Bonus
$193.92 - $8,243  
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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$32,180 - $86,903  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 102
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$10.14 - $59.18  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.81  
Overtime
$20.73 - $54.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$193.92 - $8,243  
   
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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$32,180 - $86,903  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 41

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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. 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.


The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $46K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $60K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $67K. Graphic Artists & Animators who claim more than two decades of experience actually make somewhat smaller average paychecks of $60K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $49,900

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

For Graphic Artists & Animators, busy New York offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 20 percent above the national average. Graphic Artists & Animators will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+9 percent). Trailing the national average by 2 percent, Boston is the market with the smallest paychecks.

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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 20 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
56%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
10%
20 years or more
5%
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Years in Fields/Career:
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Experience Affects Graphic Artist / Animator Salaries

▲33%

▲21%

Late-Career
▲20%

National Average
$50,000

▼7%

Skills That Affect Graphic Artist / Animator Salaries

Autodesk 3ds Max
▲7%

Autodesk Maya
▲4%

Cinema 4D
▲2%

Adobe After Effects
▼0%

National Average
$50,000



3D Animation
▼22%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 20 votes.

Gender

Female
31 %
Male
69 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 78%
dental benefits
Dental: 57%
vision benefits
Vision: 45%
dental benefits
None: 18%
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