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Graphic Artist / Animator Salary

Graphic Artists & Animators in the United States take home an average $45K annually. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most workers in this position report moderate levels of job satisfaction. Some workers in this field — around one in five — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a strong majority and dental plans are enjoyed by the larger part. Men make up the majority of Graphic Artists & Animators (62 percent) survey respondents. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$30,299 - $71,059
(Median)
$30K
$45K
$71K
MEDIAN: $45,179
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$10.12 - $36.29
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$36
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$30,299 - $71,059  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,055  
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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$29,444 - $72,735  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 128
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$10.12 - $36.29  
   
Overtime
$14.95 - $48.94  
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 - $4,055  
   
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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$29,444 - $72,735  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 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


Graphic Artists & Animators who responded to the survey report just a handful of professional skills. Most notably, facility with Autodesk Maya and Cinema 4D are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 21 percent and 17 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Adobe Illustrator. 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.


Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $41K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $53K on average — a distinctly larger sum. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $57K. Graphic Artists & Animators who claim more than two decades of experience actually make somewhat smaller average paychecks of $42K.

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Experience Affects Graphic Artist / Animator Salaries



National Average
$45,000

Late-Career
up arrow 8%


Skills That Affect Graphic Artist / Animator Salaries

Autodesk Maya
up arrow 21%

Cinema 4D
up arrow 17%

Adobe After Effects
up arrow 3%

National Average
$45,000

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 3%

Adobe Illustrator
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 46 votes.

Gender

Female
38 %
Male
62 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 78% dental benefits Dental: 62%
vision benefits Vision: 44% employee benefits None: 20%