$51,897
Avg. Salary
$21.49
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation:

$1,976

Bonus

$1,998

Profit Sharing

What am I worth?
How should I pay?

The average pay for a 3D Artist is $21.49 per hour.

The average pay for a 3D Artist is $51,897 per year.

$13.47
10%
$21.49
50%
$40.91
90%
MEDIAN $21.49
$35k
10%
$52k
50%
$87k
90%
MEDIAN $51,897
$34,919 - $86,611
$35K
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$87K
MEDIAN: $51,897
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90%

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$13.47 - $40.91
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$0$89K
Salary $34,919 - $86,611
Bonus $491 - $9,989
Profit Sharing $970 - $9,933
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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$32,052 - $89,019
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Dec 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 989
Hourly Data $0$58
Hourly Rate $13.47 - $40.91
Overtime $21.35 - $58.39
Annual Data $0$89K
Bonus $491 - $9,989
Profit Sharing $970 - $9,933
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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$32,052 - $89,019
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Dec 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 452

Job Description for 3d Artist

A 3d artist's job involves combining creative skills with knowledge of relevant software. This person uses specialized design and drawing software to create computer images of people, buildings, and/or objects. 3d art differs from traditional 2d images in that it can be manipulated and viewed from all sides as a separate, standout element.

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3d Artist Tasks

  • Collaborate with designers and developers to create simulations and final projects.
  • Use software, lighting, and rendering to create textures and visual effects.
  • Create and sculpt digital models, including video editing, 3D modeling, and animation.

3d Artist Pay By Employer

$0$96K

$67,489

$96,000

$33,000

Common Career Paths for 3d Artist


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3D Artists sometimes move into a Art Director role, where the salary is similar. The most common career progression for 3D Artists leads to becoming a 3D Animator, where pay is typically $50K. However, many 3D Artists also opt to become Video Game Designers, a position that pays $55K on average.

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Popular Skills for 3d Artist


3D Artists report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in 3d Modeling, vray, Zbrush, and 3D Printing are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Adobe InDesign, lighting, and Adobe Illustrator. Most people who know 3D Rendering also know Autodesk Maya and 3D Max.

Pay by Experience Level for 3d Artist

Pay by Experience for a 3d Artist has a positive trend. An entry-level 3d Artist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $46,000 based on 505 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A 3d Artist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $60,000 based on 322 salaries. An experienced 3d Artist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $67,000 based on 153 salaries. A 3d Artist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $80,000 based on 29 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $50,965

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For 3D Artists, Los Angeles provides a pay rate that is 28 percent greater than the national average. 3D Artists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Boston (+26 percent), San Diego (+23 percent), Detroit (+19 percent), and Seattle (+18 percent). 3D Artists in Atlanta take home the lowest salaries, earning a whopping 26 percent less than the national average. Philadelphia and Santa Monica are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 19 percent lower and 11 percent lower, respectively.

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Q: What is it like working as a 3d Artist?

3d Artist in Los Angeles, California:
Pros: Lots of options
Cons: Expensive rent and bad traffic

3d Artist in Detroit:
"That there would be so many additional hours."
They will never give you exactly the salary that you ask for. Make sure to ask for the salary you really want and let your employer negotiate down because they always will.

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Key Stats for 3d Artist

Gender

Female
21 %
Male
79 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 202 votes.
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
3%

Experience Affects 3d Artist Salaries

▲57%

▲32%

▲17%

National Average
$51,000

▼9%

Skills That Affect 3d Artist Salaries

3d Modeling
▲10%

vray
▲6%

▲3%

3D Printing
▲2%

Graphic Design
▲2%

Adobe After Effects
▲1%

▼0%

National Average
$51,000

▼1%



▼1%



lighting
▼15%

Adobe InDesign
▼16%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 202 votes.

Gender

Female
21 %
Male
79 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 74%
dental benefits
Dental: 60%
vision benefits
Vision: 49%
no benefits
None: 24%