Average Animator Salary

$55,410
Avg. SalaryShow Hourly Rate
$2,000
Bonus
$925
Commission
$6,000
Profit Sharing
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The average salary for an Animator is $55,410.
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$34k
MEDIAN
$55k
90%
$88k
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$34k - $88k
Bonus
$194 - $10k
Profit Sharing
$0 - $6k
Commission
$0 - $925
Total Pay
$32k - $99k
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What Do Animators Do?

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.

Job Satisfaction for Animator

4 out of 5
(72)
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What Are Popular Skills for Animators?

Skills in 3D Animation and Autodesk Maya are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Adobe Photoshop, Adobe After Effects and 2D Animation.

What is the Pay by Experience Level for Animators?

An entry-level Animator with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $49,266 based on 82 salaries. An early career Animator with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $51,276 based on 318 salaries. A mid-career Animator with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $63,166 based on 139 salaries. An experienced Animator with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $67,227 based on 84 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $60,115.
Employees with Animator in their job title in San Francisco, California earn an average of 33.8% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Seattle, Washington (18.2% more) and New York, New York (15.1% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Austin, Texas (18.0% less), Chicago, Illinois (15.3% less) and Boston, Massachusetts (8.1% less).

Years of Experience

This data is based on 641 survey responses.
Entry Level
12.8%
Early Career
49.6%
Mid Career
21.7%
Experienced
13.1%
Late Career
2.8%

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