Multi-Media Artist or Animator Salary

The average Multimedia Artist or Animator in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $50K per year. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Multimedia Artists and Animators like their work and job satisfaction is high. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — slightly less than a third lack coverage. On the flip side, a fair number have medical insurance and a little over a half receive dental plans. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$32,224 - $79,211
(Median)
$32K
$50K
$79K
MEDIAN: $49,592
10%
50%
90%

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$10.28 - $39.31
(Median)
$10
$21
$39
MEDIAN: $20
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$32,224 - $79,211  
   
Bonus
$101.01 - $4,907  
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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$30,611 - $81,830  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 122
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 (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$101.01 - $4,907  
   
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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$30,611 - $81,830  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 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


Survey results show that Multimedia Artists and Animators typically report just a few professional skills. Most notably, skills in Adobe After Effects, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, and Autodesk Maya are correlated to pay that is above average. It is often found that people who know Adobe After Effects are also skilled in 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.


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. The average beginner in this position makes around $41K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $59K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $62K. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $77K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

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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
0%

National Average
$50,000

Autodesk 3ds Max
up arrow 1%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 39 votes.

Gender

Female
21 %
Male
79 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 70% dental benefits Dental: 55%
vision benefits Vision: 45% employee benefits None: 28%
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