Graphic Artist / Animator Salary

Average Graphic Artists & Animators in the United States make around $47K annually. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Men account for the majority of Graphic Artists & Animators who responded to the questionnaire — 65 percent to be exact. Some workers in this field — just over one in five — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a strong majority and dental plans are enjoyed by a majority. Most workers in this position report moderate levels of job satisfaction.

$30,658 - $72,792
(Median)
$31K
$47K
$73K
MEDIAN: $47,357
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$10.12 - $37.24
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$37
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$30,658 - $72,792  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,000  
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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$29,834 - $75,492  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 128
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$10.12 - $37.24  
   
Overtime
$14.99 - $48.48  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,000  
   
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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$29,834 - $75,492  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 48
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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 suggest that Graphic Artists & Animators use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. 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 11 percent and 19 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop. 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 $43K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $55K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Graphic Artists & Animators see a median salary of $59K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Survey participants with more than twenty years of experience only make around $42K on average, though; this group reports a lower median than the one claimed by mid-career individuals.

Pay Difference by Location


For Graphic Artists & Animators, Los Angeles provides a pay rate that is 39 percent greater than the national average. Graphic Artists & Animators will also find cushy salaries in New York (+19 percent).

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Experience Affects Graphic Artist / Animator Salaries



National Average
$48,000


Late-Career
up arrow 13%

Skills That Affect Graphic Artist / Animator Salaries

Autodesk Maya
up arrow 19%

Autodesk 3ds Max
up arrow 11%

Cinema 4D
up arrow 11%

Adobe After Effects
up arrow 1%

National Average
$48,000

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 3%

Adobe Illustrator
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 42 votes.

Gender

Female
35 %
Male
65 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
16%
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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