Animator Salary

Median pay for Animators in the United States is around $50K annually. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. While over a third report receiving no health benefits, the larger part do receive medical coverage, and one-half have dental, as well. The majority of Animators claim high levels of job satisfaction. The majority of Animators (69 percent) who took the survey are men. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$30,767 - $84,826
$31K
$50K
$85K
MEDIAN: $50,477
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$14.65 - $49.14
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MEDIAN: $24.19
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$0$91K
Salary $30,767 - $84,826
Bonus $649 - $10,081
Profit Sharing $1,965
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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$30,905 - $91,974
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 311
Hourly Data $0$61
Hourly Rate $14.65 - $49.14
Overtime $15.51 - $61.16
Annual Data $0$91K
Bonus $649 - $10,081
Profit Sharing $1,965
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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$30,905 - $91,974
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 157

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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.

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Popular Skills for Animator


Survey results show that Animators use a fair number of skills. Most notably, facility with Autodesk MotionBuilder, Autodesk 3ds Max, and 3D Animation are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 33 percent, 23 percent, and 6 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Graphic Design, Adobe Photoshop, and Adobe After Effects. It is often found that people who know 3D Animation are also skilled in Adobe After Effects and Adobe Photoshop.

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

National Average: $50,865

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

For those looking to make money, Animators in San Francisco enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 54 percent above the national average. Animators can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Salt Lake City (+43 percent), San Diego (+20 percent), Los Angeles (+8 percent), and New York (+7 percent). One of the biggest compensable factors for Animators is geography, with workers in Minneapolis earning a whopping 27 percent below the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Portland (26 percent less) and Philadelphia (18 percent less).

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Key Stats for Animator

Gender

Female
33 %
Male
67 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 50 votes.
Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
3%
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Experience Affects Animator Salaries

Late-Career
▲49%

▲42%

▲12%

National Average
$51,000

▼9%

Skills That Affect Animator Salaries

Autodesk MotionBuilder
▲33%

Autodesk 3ds Max
▲23%

▲6%


National Average
$51,000



▼7%



Graphic Design
▼19%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 50 votes.

Gender

Female
33 %
Male
67 %

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: 60%
dental benefits
Dental: 46%
vision benefits
Vision: 39%
no benefits
None: 38%
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