Graphic Artist / Animator Salary

Graphic Artists & Animators in the United States take home approximately $48K per year on average. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is considered about average by most people in this profession. A fair number enjoy medical while a majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than two-fifths. Graphic Artists & Animators who participated in the survey are largely men, dominating at 67 percent.

$32,911 - $79,265
(Median)
$33K
$48K
$79K
MEDIAN: $47,610
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90%

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$13.05 - $49.66
(Median)
$13
$23
$50
MEDIAN: $23.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$32,911 - $79,265  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,034  
Profit Sharing
$3,500  
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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$31,390 - $87,253  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 144
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$13.05 - $49.66  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.05  
Overtime
$19.85 - $61.82  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,034  
   
Profit Sharing
$3,500  
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).
)
$31,390 - $87,253  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 54
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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. Most notably, skills in Autodesk 3ds Max, Cinema 4D, Autodesk Maya, and Adobe After Effects are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include 3D Animation, Adobe Photoshop, and Adobe Illustrator. It is often found that people who know Adobe After Effects are 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.


Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $46K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $58K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Graphic Artists & Animators make a median salary of $60K. Graphic Artists & Animators who claim more than two decades of experience actually make somewhat smaller average paychecks of $42K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $49,069

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

With a pay rate for Graphic Artists & Animators that is 53 percent greater than the national average, Los Angeles offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. 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
$49,000


Late-Career
up arrow 15%

Skills That Affect Graphic Artist / Animator Salaries

Cinema 4D
up arrow 9%

Autodesk 3ds Max
up arrow 9%

Adobe After Effects
0%

Autodesk Maya
0%

National Average
$49,000

Adobe Illustrator
up arrow 4%


3D Animation
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 39 votes.

Gender

Female
33 %
Male
67 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 78%
dental benefits
Dental: 61%
medical benefits
Vision: 43%
dental benefits
None: 19%
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