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Graphic Artist / Animator Salary

Graphic Artists & Animators in the United States take home approximately $46K per year on average. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Work is reasonably fulfilling for most Graphic Artists & Animators — the majority report average levels of job satisfaction. While slightly less than a fourth report receiving no health benefits, a fair number do receive medical coverage, and the greater part have dental, as well. Men make up the majority of Graphic Artists & Animators (65 percent) survey respondents.

$30,299 - $72,753
(Median)
$30K
$46K
$73K
MEDIAN: $46,143
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$10.11 - $36.39
(Median)
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$36
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$30,299 - $72,753  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,894  
Profit Sharing
$2,500 - $5,000  
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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$29,399 - $74,543  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 128
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$10.11 - $36.39  
   
Overtime
$14.99 - $48.48  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
)
$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,894  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,500 - $5,000  
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).
)
$29,399 - $74,543  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 47
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Job Description for Graphic Artist / Animator

  • 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


Survey results imply that Graphic Artists & Animators put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, skills in Autodesk Maya, Autodesk 3ds Max, Cinema 4D, and Adobe After Effects are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 14 percent and 18 percent. Most people experienced in Adobe After Effects also know Adobe Illustrator.

Pay by Experience Level for Graphic Artist / Animator

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


Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $41K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $54K. Graphic Artists & Animators see a median salary of $58K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Graphic Artists & Animators who have racked up more than two decades of experience report lower incomes overall; the average sum for this crowd comes out to only $42K.

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Experience Affects Graphic Artist / Animator Salaries



National Average
$46,000

Late-Career
up arrow 10%


Skills That Affect Graphic Artist / Animator Salaries

Autodesk Maya
up arrow 18%

Autodesk 3ds Max
up arrow 15%

Cinema 4D
up arrow 14%

Adobe After Effects
up arrow 2%

National Average
$46,000

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 2%

Adobe Illustrator
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 43 votes.

Gender

Female
35 %
Male
65 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 75% dental benefits Dental: 60%
vision benefits Vision: 44% employee benefits None: 22%
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