Multi-Media Artist or Animator Salary

Median pay for Multimedia Artists and Animators in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $53K annually. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. There are far more male Multimedia Artists and Animators survey respondents than women, making up 85 percent. While some workers in this profession — somewhere between a fifth and a fourth — do not have any health coverage, a strong majority do receive medical benefits and slightly less than one-half have dental insurance. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$33,905 - $68,821
$34K
$53K
$69K
MEDIAN: $53,428
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$10.03 - $43.28
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$33,905 - $68,821  
   
Bonus
$3.21 - $4,894  
Profit Sharing
$1,330  
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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$30,683 - $69,218  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 65
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$10.03 - $43.28  
   
Overtime
$25.03  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$3.21 - $4,894  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,330  
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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$30,683 - $69,218  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 25

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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

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

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Popular Skills for Multi-Media Artist or Animator


Multimedia Artists and Animators generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Lucky workers who know Cinema 4D can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 28 percent above average. Adobe Photoshop and Adobe After Effects are also correlated to pay that is above average, with increases between 6 percent and 28 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Autodesk Maya and Autodesk 3ds Max. 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.


The average beginner in this position makes around $45K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $58K. Multimedia Artists and Animators bring in $60K after working for 10 to 20 years. Respondents who boast more than two decades on the job don't boast commensurate pay, unfortunately; these veterans see average earnings of only $54K.

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Key Stats for Multi-Media Artist or Animator

Gender

Female
15 %
Male
85 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 10 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
34%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
7%
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Experience Affects Multi-Media Artist or Animator Salaries

▲17%

▲13%

Late-Career
▲5%

National Average
$51,000

▼13%

Skills That Affect Multi-Media Artist or Animator Salaries

Cinema 4D
▲28%




National Average
$51,000

Autodesk 3ds Max
▼4%

Autodesk Maya
▼10%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
15 %
Male
85 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
34%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 73%
dental benefits
Dental: 46%
vision benefits
Vision: 39%
dental benefits
None: 23%
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