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Graphic Artist / Animator Salary

An average Graphic Artist & Animator in the United States can expect to take home roughly $46K per year. Residence and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Graphic Artists & Animators who participated in the survey are largely men, dominating at 65 percent. Among folks in this role, job satisfaction levels approximately match the national average. Health benefits are not claimed by all — close to a fifth lack any form of coverage — but a fair number have medical insurance, and the greater part have dental, too.

$30,209 - $73,236
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$30K
$46K
$73K
MEDIAN: $46,303
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$10.09 - $36.48
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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
$30,209 - $73,236  
   
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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$29,213 - $74,948  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 125
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$10.09 - $36.48  
   
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.
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$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).
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$29,213 - $74,948  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 46

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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 seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Autodesk Maya, Cinema 4D, Adobe After Effects, and Adobe Photoshop are correlated to pay that is above average. Those familiar with Adobe After Effects also tend to 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. On average, Graphic Artists & Animators make $58K following one to two decades on the job. Survey participants with more than two decades under their belts actually report earning less than people with less experience; the former take home only $42K on average.

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Experience Affects Graphic Artist / Animator Salaries



National Average
$47,000

Late-Career
up arrow 11%


Skills That Affect Graphic Artist / Animator Salaries

Autodesk Maya
up arrow 18%

Cinema 4D
up arrow 13%

Adobe After Effects
up arrow 3%

National Average
$47,000

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 2%

Adobe Illustrator
up arrow 2%

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
4%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 77% dental benefits Dental: 61%
vision benefits Vision: 43% employee benefits None: 21%
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