$50,996
Avg. Salary
$24.39
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation:

$1,969

Bonus

$2,000

Profit Sharing

$75.00

Commission

What am I worth?
How should I pay?

The average pay for an Animator is $24.39 per hour.

The average pay for an Animator is $50,996 per year.

10%
$13.23
10%
$24.39
50%
$49.84
90%
90%
MEDIAN $24.39
10%
$32k
10%
$51k
50%
$84k
90%
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MEDIAN $50,996
$32,294 - $84,188
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$84K
MEDIAN: $50,996
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$13.23 - $49.84
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$0$95K
Salary $32,294 - $84,188
Bonus $201 - $10,033
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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$30,829 - $95,003
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 15 Apr 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 517
Hourly Data $0$69
Hourly Rate $13.23 - $49.84
Overtime $15.72 - $69.32
Annual Data $0$95K
Bonus $201 - $10,033
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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$30,829 - $95,003
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 15 Apr 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 264

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.

Animator Pay By Employer

$0$66K

$57,040

Common Career Paths for Animator


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Advancing into a Senior Character Animator role seems to be a popular career move for Animators, and folks who currently work in the latter position report a notably larger median income of $81K per year. More often than not, a Senior Animator role is the next step for Animators moving up in the field. Senior Animators usually make $79K per year. Many other Animators choose to take on a Graphic Artist & Animator role, where salaries are typically $45K.

Animator Job Listings

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

19%

2%

-13%

-15%

National Average: $51,422

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).

Animator Reviews

Q: What is it like working as an Animator?

Animator in Skokie:
"I work at home."
Pros: I work at home and its a pleasant place.
Cons: I work at home and its a quiet, pleasant place.

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.

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Key Stats for Animator

Gender

Female
36 %
Male
64 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 85 votes.
Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
2%

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 85 votes.

Gender

Female
36 %
Male
64 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

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