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Graphic Artist / Animator Salary (United States)

The average Graphic Artist & Animator in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $45K annually. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Men make up the majority of Graphic Artists & Animators (64 percent) survey respondents. A strong majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. Among folks in this role, job satisfaction levels approximately match the national average.
Graphic Artist / Animator Salary (?
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$30,074 - $71,713
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MEDIAN: $45,172
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Graphic Artist / Animator Salary (?
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$10.14 - $34.96
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National Salary Data

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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$30,074 - $71,713  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,925  
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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$29,453 - $72,320  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 132
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$10.14 - $34.96  
   
Overtime
$14.95 - $48.94  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,925  
   
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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$29,453 - $72,320  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | 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 a narrow range of specific skills. Most notably, facility with Cinema 4D, Autodesk Maya, and Adobe After Effects are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 24 percent, 22 percent, and 6 percent, respectively. Those proficient in Adobe After Effects are, more often than not, also skilled 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 $41K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $54K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $58K in this role. People who have worked for 20 years or more actually report earning less than people who are in the middle of their careers; the veterans take home a mere $42K by contrast.

Pay Difference By Location

Los Angeles
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New York
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National Average
$45,000
Larger circles over a city indicate a job is popular in that location.
For Graphic Artists & Animators, busy Los Angeles offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 25 percent above the national average. Graphic Artists & Animators will also find cushy salaries in New York (+1 percent).

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Experience Affects Graphic Artist / Animator Salaries

National Average
$45,000
Late-Career
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Skills That Affect Graphic Artist / Animator Salaries

Cinema 4D
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Autodesk Maya
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Adobe Photoshop
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Adobe Illustrator
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National Average
$45,000

Job Satisfaction

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Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5 based on 53 votes.

Gender

Female
36%
female alumni
 
Male
64%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 79% dental benefits Dental: 61%
vision benefits Vision: 42% employee benefits None: 19%