Multi-Media Artist or Animator Salary

Multimedia Artists and Animators in the United States can expect wages of $53K annually on average. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, just under a third are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by the larger part and dental insurance is reported by just over two-fifths. For the most part, Multimedia Artists and Animators enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The vast majority of Multimedia Artists and Animators (84 percent) who took the survey are men. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$32,966 - $69,506
$33K
$53K
$70K
MEDIAN: $53,344
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$9.95 - $48.72
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$32,966 - $69,506  
   
Bonus
$3.21 - $4,894  
Profit Sharing
$1,330  
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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$29,233 - $70,490  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 66
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$9.95 - $48.72  
   
Overtime
$24.49  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$3.21 - $4,894  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,330  
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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$29,233 - $70,490  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 31

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Job Description for Multi-Media Artist or Animator

Multimedia artists/animators use technology to create graphics and animation for electronic media, such as internet, film, television, and video games. This is a highly artistic position which requires intimate knowledge of the latest multimedia computer programs and software.

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Multi-Media Artist or Animator Tasks

  • Create special effects, animation, or other visual images using film, video, computers, or other media.
  • Provide insight and guidance on current graphic trends and technologies.
  • Collaborate with multiple departments and customers.
  • Develop multi-media presentations to illustrate a wide array of material.

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Popular Skills for Multi-Media Artist or Animator


Multimedia Artists and Animators report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, facility with Cinema 4D, Adobe Photoshop, and Adobe After Effects are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 29 percent, 6 percent, and 4 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Autodesk Maya. Those familiar with Adobe After Effects also tend to know Adobe Illustrator.

Pay by Experience Level for Multi-Media Artist or Animator

Pay by Experience for a Multi-Media Artist or Animator has a positive trend. An entry-level Multi-Media Artist or Animator with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $43,000 based on 46 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Multi-Media Artist or Animator with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $58,000 based on 36 salaries. An experienced Multi-Media Artist or Animator which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $59,000 based on 20 salaries. A Multi-Media Artist or Animator with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $54,000 based on 6 salaries.

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Key Stats for Multi-Media Artist or Animator

Gender

Female
16 %
Male
84 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 11 votes.
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
32%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
7%
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Experience Affects Multi-Media Artist or Animator Salaries

▲17%

▲14%

Late-Career
▲6%

National Average
$51,000

▼15%

Skills That Affect Multi-Media Artist or Animator Salaries

Cinema 4D
▲29%



National Average
$51,000


Autodesk 3ds Max
▼3%

▼11%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 11 votes.

Gender

Female
16 %
Male
84 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
32%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 67%
dental benefits
Dental: 44%
vision benefits
Vision: 38%
no benefits
None: 30%
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