The average salary for an Animator, 3D is $52,657.
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Job Description for Animator, 3D
A 3D animator uses computer software to create vivid, engaging video animations that can be used for web design applications, computer games, commercials, and full-length movies and television programs. 3D animators typically work with developers, designers, and directors, making initial sketches and helping create quickly sketched stills of the work to be done (called storyboards). Working in close consultation with these supervisory developers or designers, the animator then uses professional …Read more
Animator, 3D 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 Animator, 3D
Adobe After Effects
Autodesk 3ds Max
Skills in 3D Animation, Adobe After Effects, Adobe Photoshop and Autodesk 3ds Max are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Autodesk Maya.
Pay by Experience Level for Animator, 3D
An entry-level Animator, 3D with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $42,769 based on 77 salaries. An early career Animator, 3D with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $50,501 based on 167 salaries. A mid-career Animator, 3D with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $52,962 based on 86 salaries. An experienced Animator, 3D with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $64,435 based on 58 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $80,000.
Pay Difference by Location
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Employees with Animator, 3D in their job title in Boston, Massachusetts earn an average of 34.8% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in San Francisco, California (33.9% more) and New York, New York (11.2% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Orlando, Florida (22.5% less), Austin, Texas (9.0% less) and Dallas, Texas (7.9% less).
Years of Experience
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