Graphic Artist / Animator Salary

The average Graphic Artist & Animator in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $47K annually. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Men make up the majority of Graphic Artists & Animators (65 percent) survey respondents. Slightly more than a fifth of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a strong majority report medical coverage and a majority claim dental coverage as well. Most people in this profession are content with their work, and moderate levels of job satisfaction are reported.

$30,658 - $72,792

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$10.14 - $37.15

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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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$29,866 - $75,381  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 128
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$10.14 - $37.15  
   
Overtime
$15.03 - $44.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
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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$29,866 - $75,381  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 49
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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


Graphic Artists & Animators report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. 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 12 percent and 20 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop. The majority of those who know 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.


The average beginner in this position makes around $43K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $55K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $59K. 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


Home to some of the best pay for Graphic Artists & Animators, Los Angeles offers exceptional salaries, 40 percent above 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 20%

Autodesk 3ds Max
up arrow 12%

Cinema 4D
up arrow 12%

Adobe After Effects
up arrow 1%

National Average
$48,000

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 3%

Adobe Illustrator
up arrow 4%

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
49%
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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