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Multi-Media Artist or Animator Salary (United States)

Multimedia Artists and Animators in the United States can expect to earn an average of $49K annually. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and just under a third lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by the larger part and dental coverage is claimed by more than half. Work is enjoyable for Multimedia Artists and Animators, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Multimedia Artists and Animators who answered the questionnnaire. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Multi-Media Artist or Animator Salary (?
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$32,324 - $79,791
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MEDIAN: $48,529
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Multi-Media Artist or Animator Salary (?
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$10.96 - $40.07
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MEDIAN: $23.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$32,324 - $79,791  
   
Bonus
$192.71 - $3,642  
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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$30,936 - $83,312  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 133
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$10.96 - $40.07  
   
Overtime
$15.89 - $59.18  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$192.71 - $3,642  
   
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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$30,936 - $83,312  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 43
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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

Multimedia Artists and Animators report a focused set of job skills. Most notably, skills in Adobe Illustrator, Adobe After Effects, Autodesk Maya, and Autodesk 3ds Max are correlated to pay that is above average. Most people familiar with Adobe After Effects also know 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 who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $42K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $58K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $72K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $77K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference By Location

Los Angeles
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San Francisco
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National Average
$50,000
Larger circles over a city indicate a job is popular in that location.
For Multimedia Artists and Animators, working in the bustling city of Los Angeles has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Multimedia Artists and Animators will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+23 percent).

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Experience Affects Multi-Media Artist or Animator Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$50,000

Skills That Affect Multi-Media Artist or Animator Salaries

Adobe After Effects
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Autodesk Maya
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National Average
$50,000
Autodesk 3ds Max
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Adobe Photoshop
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 56 votes.

Gender

Female
24%
female alumni
 
Male
76%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
34%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 68% dental benefits Dental: 59%
vision benefits Vision: 49% employee benefits None: 30%