$51,005
Avg. Salary
$24.35
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation:

$1,939

Bonus

$2,000

Profit Sharing

$75.00

Commission

What am I worth?
How should I pay?

The average pay for an Animator is $24.35 per hour.

The average pay for an Animator is $51,005 per year.

$13.53
10%
$24.35
50%
$49.59
90%
MEDIAN $24.35
$32k
10%
$51k
50%
$84k
90%
MEDIAN $51,005
$32,278 - $83,679
$32K
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$84K
MEDIAN: $51,005
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90%

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$13.53 - $49.59
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$0$91K
Salary $32,278 - $83,679
Bonus $201 - $9,910
Profit Sharing $2,000
Commission $75.00
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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$30,894 - $91,923
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 10 Jan 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 536
Hourly Data $0$67
Hourly Rate $13.53 - $49.59
Overtime $15.87 - $67.94
Annual Data $0$91K
Bonus $201 - $9,910
Commission $75.00
Profit Sharing $2,000
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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$30,894 - $91,923
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 10 Jan 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 266

Job Description for Animator

Animators work by creating cartoons, usually through hand drawings, motion capture animation, or with computers. In the modern era, most animators use a range of computer programs, though sufficient knowledge of basic animation is still absolutely necessary.

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Animator Tasks
  • Design videos for in-person and web audiences.
  • Collaborate with teams to understand specifications and create continuity across offerings.
  • Use a variety of software to refine, improve, and update videos and create stills for other uses.

Common Career Paths for Animator


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Animator Job Listings

Popular Skills for Animator

Pay by Experience Level for Animator

Pay by Experience for an Animator has a positive trend. An entry-level Animator with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $47,000 based on 313 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Animator with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $57,000 based on 125 salaries. An experienced Animator which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $72,000 based on 63 salaries. An Animator with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $76,000 based on 14 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

19%

2%

-13%

-15%

National Average: $51,398

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

Animator Reviews

Q: What is it like working as an Animator?

Animator in San Antonio:
"Awesome Place to Work."
Pros: Awesome boss, great co-workers, relaxed enviroment.
Cons: 45 minutes to work and back, Low match to 401K.

Animator in Salt Lake City:
"IP, flexible, nice building, good location, free Disneyland."
Pros: The people I worked with; some of the most talented and experienced animators I've ever worked with. Working on Star Wars, Marvel, Pixar and Disney characters. Working in Utah, great place to raise a family. Getting into Disneyland/World for free. Great manager, was very supportive and flexible.
Cons: There was quite a bit of crunch time. Was not paid what I felt I deserved.

Animator in Salt Lake City:
"Disney Interactive, Avalanche Software in Salt Lake City, UT."
Pros: Work on the best IP out there (Star Wars, Marvel, Pixar, Disney). Exciting to work on Disney Infinity. Great team with amazingly talented and experienced animators that are also great people. Utah is a great place to raise a family. Get free entrance for self and family to Disneyland and Disney World. Great manager that was very flexible.
Cons: Crunch time was pretty rough for Infinity 1 and 2, not as bad for 3. Was expected to be better for 4 until Disney shut down the studio.

Animator in Austin:
"True Value."
Don't undersell yourself. You are the only reason animation gets made. You aren't simply a cog to be jammed into a machine, no matter how much your employer wishes that were true.

Animator in Hollywood:
"A Lesson in Modesty."
Pros: I enjoy drawing and creating web templates and interactive buttons in Flash.
Cons: Long Hours.

Related Job Salaries

Key Stats for Animator

Gender

Female
34 %
Male
66 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 88 votes.
Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
3%

Experience Affects Animator Salaries

Late-Career
▲48%

▲41%

▲11%

National Average
$51,000

▼10%

Skills That Affect Animator Salaries

Autodesk MotionBuilder
▲32%

Autodesk 3ds Max
▲22%

▲5%


National Average
$51,000



▼8%



Graphic Design
▼20%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 88 votes.

Gender

Female
34 %
Male
66 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 63%
dental benefits
Dental: 48%
vision benefits
Vision: 39%
no benefits
None: 35%