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.

$34,176 - $68,541
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$34K
$53K
$69K
MEDIAN: $53,041
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$9.97 - $40.72
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MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$34,176 - $68,541  
   
Bonus
$193.92 - $3,109  
Profit Sharing
$2,100  
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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$31,411 - $69,066  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 69
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$9.97 - $40.72  
   
Overtime
$25.03  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$193.92 - $3,109  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,100  
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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$31,411 - $69,066  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 23
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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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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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Experience Affects Multi-Media Artist or Animator Salaries



National Average
$51,000

Late-Career
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Skills That Affect Multi-Media Artist or Animator Salaries

Cinema 4D
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Adobe Illustrator
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National Average
$51,000

Autodesk 3ds Max
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Autodesk Maya
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 10 votes.

Gender

Female
24 %
Male
76 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
35%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 74%
dental benefits
Dental: 47%
medical benefits
Vision: 40%
dental benefits
None: 22%
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