The average salary for a 3d Artist is $53,019.
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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. The amount of creative freedom a 3d artist has is largely dependent on the developer and specific job. In many cases, concept artists may have already sketc…Read more
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.
Popular Employer Salaries for 3d Artist
The top respondents for the job title 3d Artist are from the companies Wayfair LLC, Camber Corporation and The Moving Picture Company. Reported salaries are highest at International Game Technology (IGT) where the average pay is $81,000. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include The Walt Disney Company and Camber Corporation, earning around $78,329 and $53,721, respectively. The Moving Picture Company pays the lowest at around $33,000. McKean Defense Group and Wayfair LLC also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $42,046 and $47,962, respectively.
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Popular Skills for 3d Artist
Autodesk 3ds Max
Skills in Autodesk Maya are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include 3D Animation, Autodesk 3ds Max, Adobe Photoshop and 3D Rendering.
Pay by Experience Level for 3d Artist
An entry-level 3d Artist with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $42,671 based on 77 salaries. An early career 3d Artist with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $48,846 based on 600 salaries. A mid-career 3d Artist with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $58,872 based on 375 salaries. An experienced 3d Artist with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $69,163 based on 273 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $71,819.
Pay Difference by Location
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Employees with 3d Artist in their job title in San Francisco, California earn an average of 41.5% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Seattle, Washington (24.3% more) and Los Angeles, California (23.3% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Chicago, Illinois (8.5% less), Orlando, Florida (1.6% less) and Austin, Texas (0.2% less).
Years of Experience
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