Graphic Artist / Animator Salary
Pay for Graphic Artists & Animators in the United States sits in the ballpark of $50K per year. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than two-fifths. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Graphic Artists & Animators. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Graphic Artists & Animators who answered the questionnnaire. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
|Salary||$34,886 - $80,267|
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|$30,734 - $86,845|
|Hourly Rate||$13.93 - $63.34|
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Job Description for Graphic Artist / Animator
Graphic artists/animators should have at least a bachelor’s degree in digital media or graphic design, and they are commonly tasked with working with a variety of programs such as Element 3D, Optical Flares, Trapcode Suite, and the Adobe Creative Suite.Read More...
People skills are important in this position to work in teams with other artists to complete projects, and they are typically expected to make necessary changes as clients see fit and meet strict deadlines. They should be able to receive criticism and make necessary changes as needed, and commonly work on a variety of projects, such as digital marketing campaigns, movies, music videos, and paper mailers to be sent to clients. They may need to develop new and innovative ideas to engage customers and clients, and they must also inspire customers to create more business for clients.
Graphic artists/animators should be able to work in a clean and organized area and may be called upon to provide content at a moment’s notice, so an organized work space is necessary in this position. (Copyright 2017 PayScale.com)
Graphic Artist / Animator Tasks
- Design graphics and animation for specific projects, from brainstorming to final delivery.
- Use software and animation techniques to create compelling image sequences.
- Participate in client and pitch meetings to develop, conduct market research, and finalize specifications.
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Popular Skills for Graphic Artist / Animator
Graphic Artists & Animators seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Autodesk 3ds Max, Autodesk Maya, Cinema 4D, and Adobe After Effects are correlated to pay that is above average. 3D Animation and Adobe Illustrator as skills, however, tend to be associated with significantly smaller paychecks. Most people experienced in Adobe After Effects also know Adobe Illustrator.
Pay by Experience Level for Graphic Artist / Animator
Pay by Experience for a Graphic Artist / Animator has a positive trend. An entry-level Graphic Artist / Animator with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $47,000 based on 100 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Graphic Artist / Animator with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $60,000 based on 41 salaries. An experienced Graphic Artist / Animator which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $65,000 based on 21 salaries. A Graphic Artist / Animator with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $60,000 based on 7 salaries.
Pay Difference by Location
New York is home to an above-average pay rate for Graphic Artists & Animators, 20 percent higher than the national average. Graphic Artists & Animators will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+9 percent) and Boston (+3 percent).
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