Multi-Media Artist or Animator Salary

Earnings for Multimedia Artists and Animators in the United States come in at around $50K per year on average. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — one in four lack coverage. On the flip side, a fair number have medical insurance and the greater part receive dental plans. Most Multimedia Artists and Animators like their work and job satisfaction is high. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$33,427 - $79,737

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$10.26 - $39.45

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$33,427 - $79,737  
   
Bonus
$193.92 - $4,932  
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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$31,194 - $82,508  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 118
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$10.26 - $39.45  
   
Overtime
$15.51 - $50.49  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$193.92 - $4,932  
   
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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$31,194 - $82,508  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 38
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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 pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Adobe After Effects, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, and Autodesk Maya are correlated to pay that is above average. Those familiar with Adobe After Effects also tend to 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.


Multimedia Artists and Animators with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $41K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $59K. For Multimedia Artists and Animators, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $63K. 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 53%



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
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 35 votes.

Gender

Female
21 %
Male
79 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 73% dental benefits Dental: 56%
vision benefits Vision: 46% employee benefits None: 26%
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