Multi-Media Artist or Animator Salary

Earnings for Multimedia Artists and Animators in the United States come in at around $48K per year on average. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Multimedia Artists and Animators like their work and job satisfaction is high. Although just under a third lack health benefits of any kind, more than half do enjoy medical insurance, and the greater part get dental coverage, too. Most Multimedia Artists and Animators survey respondents are men (77 percent). The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$31,373 - $78,963
(Median)
$31K
$48K
$79K
MEDIAN: $48,018
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$10.77 - $39.45
(Median)
$11
$21
$39
MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$31,373 - $78,963  
   
Bonus
$102.13 - $3,589  
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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$30,331 - $81,323  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 124
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$10.77 - $39.45  
   
Overtime
$15.66 - $50.04  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$102.13 - $3,589  
   
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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$30,331 - $81,323  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 38

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Job Description for Multi-Media Artist or Animator

  • Collaborate with multiple departments and customers.
  • Develop multi-media presentations to illustrate a wide array of material.
  • 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.

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Popular Skills for Multi-Media Artist or Animator


Professional skills reported by Multimedia Artists and Animators are few in number. Most notably, skills in Adobe Illustrator, Adobe After Effects, Autodesk Maya, and Autodesk 3ds Max are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 8 percent. Those proficient in Adobe After Effects are, more often than not, also skilled in Adobe Illustrator.

Pay by Experience Level for Multi-Media Artist or Animator

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Multimedia Artists and Animators with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $41K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $57K. Multimedia Artists and Animators claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $71K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $77K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

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Experience Affects Multi-Media Artist or Animator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 59%



National Average
$49,000


Skills That Affect Multi-Media Artist or Animator Salaries



Autodesk Maya
up arrow 4%

Autodesk 3ds Max
up arrow 2%

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 1%

National Average
$49,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 47 votes.

Gender

Female
23 %
Male
77 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 67% dental benefits Dental: 59%
vision benefits Vision: 48% employee benefits None: 31%