Average Entry-Level Animator Salary

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The average salary for an Entry-Level Animator is $45,519.
MEDIAN $45,519
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$29k - $69k
$98 - $5k
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$0 - $3k
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$24k - $68k

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Job Description for Animator

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.

Career Paths

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Senior Animator
Lead Animator
Creative Director
More common (> 20%)
Somewhat common (8 - 20%)
Less common (< 8%)

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Popular Skills for Animator

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

Pay by Experience Level for Animator

An early career Animator with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $50,169 based on 389 salaries. A mid-career Animator with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $60,943 based on 183 salaries. An experienced Animator with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $66,195 based on 91 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $62,206.
Employees with Animator in their job title in New York, New York earn an average of 9.8% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Los Angeles, California (8.6% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Minneapolis, Minnesota (20.5% less) and Chicago, Illinois (11.1% less).

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