Multi-Media Artist or Animator Salary
Multimedia Artists and Animators in the United States pull down an average of $53K per year. Location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and somewhere between a fifth and a fourth lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a fair number and dental coverage is claimed by a little less than half. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Making up 76 percent of those who took the survey, male Multimedia Artists and Animators greatly outnumber their female counterparts. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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.Read More...
Required skills for the job include computer skills, drawing skills, and the ability to create artistic and realistic images which capture light, texture, shadow, and color using computer programs such as Adobe Photoshop. These artists must also be knowledgeable of movement and three-dimensional design and may use relevant modeling programs regularly.
Most multimedia artists and animators have a bachelor's degree in graphic design, digital arts, or a related field, and a portfolio of past work is often required to demonstrate proficiency in particular areas. These artists' skills and techniques must always be improved and expanded, as new programs and technology are constantly introduced to the industry. They must be able to communicate their project leaders' visions through their creations, so good communication skills and the ability to work well on teams are essential. Good time-management skills are also beneficial, as they may work on individual projects for weeks or months at a time.
The working environments of multimedia artists vary depending on the size and culture of their companies, which range from small firms to large special effects companies. Most work in an office environment during normal business hours and collaborate with their art directors, other artists and animators, and occasionally the IT department regarding technological matters.
Multi-Media Artist or Animator Tasks
- 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
Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Lucky workers who know Cinema 4D can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 29 percent above average. Adobe Photoshop and Adobe After Effects are also correlated to pay that is above average, with increases between 7 percent and 29 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Autodesk Maya and Autodesk 3ds Max. For most people, competency in Adobe After Effects indicates knowledge of 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.
Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $45K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $58K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Multimedia Artists and Animators see a median salary of $59K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Survey participants with more than two decades under their belts actually report earning less than people with less experience; the former take home only $50K on average.
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