Graphic Artist / Animator Salary

Graphic Artists & Animators in the United States take home an average $47K annually. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. While some workers in this profession — between a fifth and a fourth — do not have any health coverage, a strong majority do receive medical benefits and the greater part have dental insurance. There are more male Graphic Artists & Animators than female among those who completed the questionnaire, making up 65 percent. Most workers in this position report moderate levels of job satisfaction.

$30,325 - $72,792
(Median)
$30K
$47K
$73K
MEDIAN: $47,018
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$10.11 - $36.39
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$20
$36
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$30,325 - $72,792  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,966  
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: 20 Jun 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 (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,966  
   
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: 20 Jun 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. Lucky workers who know Autodesk Maya can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 20 percent above average. Autodesk 3ds Max and Cinema 4D are also correlated to pay that is above average, with increases between 12 percent and 20 percent. 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.


Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $42K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $55K. Graphic Artists & Animators who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $59K. 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.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Graphic Artists & Animators, Los Angeles offers exceptional salaries, 28 percent above the national average. Graphic Artists & Animators will also find cushy salaries in New York (+20 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
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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 41 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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