Multi-Media Artist or Animator Salary

Multimedia Artists and Animators in the United States take home an average $49K annually. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. For the most part, Multimedia Artists and Animators enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Although a strong majority have medical coverage and the larger part have dental coverage, slightly less than a third claim no health benefits at all. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$32,496 - $78,842
(Median)
$32K
$49K
$79K
MEDIAN: $49,442
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$10.28 - $39.31
(Median)
$10
$21
$39
MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$32,496 - $78,842  
   
Bonus
$101.37 - $4,894  
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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$30,719 - $81,410  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 125
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$10.28 - $39.31  
   
Overtime
$15.66 - $50.04  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$101.37 - $4,894  
   
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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$30,719 - $81,410  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 39
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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

  • 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 using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Adobe After Effects, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, and Autodesk Maya are correlated to pay that is above average. 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.


For many Multimedia Artists and Animators, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $41K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $58K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $62K. Multimedia Artists and Animators who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $77K.

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Experience Affects Multi-Media Artist or Animator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 54%



National Average
$50,000


Skills That Affect Multi-Media Artist or Animator Salaries



Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 1%

Autodesk Maya
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National Average
$50,000

Autodesk 3ds Max
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 40 votes.

Gender

Female
21 %
Male
79 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 70% dental benefits Dental: 56%
vision benefits Vision: 45% employee benefits None: 28%
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