Updated Sep 15, 2022

How much does an Animator make?

Updated Sep 15, 2022

Experience

Industry

$58,204 / yrTotal Pay
$54,449 / yrBase Pay
$3,755 / yrAdditional Pay

$58,204

 / yr
$35K$97K
Most Likely Range
Possible Range

The estimated total pay for a Animator is $58,204 per year in the United States area, with an average salary of $54,449 per year. These numbers represent the median, which is the midpoint of the ranges from our proprietary Total Pay Estimate model and based on salaries collected from our users. The estimated additional pay is $3,755 per year. Additional pay could include cash bonus, commission, tips, and profit sharing. The "Most Likely Range" represents values that exist within the 25th and 75th percentile of all pay data available for this role.

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Total Pay Trajectory

For Animator

$58,204 /yr
Animator
$77,356 /yr
Senior Animator
$78,530 /yr
Lead Animator
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Related Job Titles

For Animator

Some related job titles are 2D Animator Salaries with median pay of $62,221, 3D Artist Salaries with median pay of $58,789, Flash Animator Salaries with median pay of $85,278, Storyboard Artist Salaries with median pay of $56,441.

Top Paying Companies

For an Animator in United States

Below is the total pay for the top 10 highest paying companies for an Animator in United States. Employers include Riot Games, Pixar Animation Studios and Blizzard Entertainment.

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Riot Games
$94,291/yr
8
Insomniac Games
$85,254/yr

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Pixar Animation Studios
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AnimatorSee 42 salaries from all locations

$92,060

 / yr

$75,120

 / yr

$81,890

 / yr

$84,691

 / yr

$42

 / hr

$89,565

 / yr

$35

 / hr

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$66,129

 / yr

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$80,101

 / yr

$94,291

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$35

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Top Paying Industries

For an Animator in United States

The top 5 paying industries for an Animator in United States are Media & Communication with a median total pay of $80,101, Arts, Entertainment & Recreation with a median total pay of $73,259, Information Technology with a median total pay of $72,661, Human Resources & Staffing with a median total pay of $66,129, and Retail & Wholesale with a median total pay of $60,943.

IndustryTotal PayTotal Pay Insight
  • Media & CommunicationMedia & Communication$80,101

    2% Higher than other industries

  • Arts, Entertainment & RecreationArts, Entertainment & Recreation$73,259

    7% Lower than other industries

  • Information TechnologyInformation Technology$72,661

    8% Lower than other industries

  • Human Resources & StaffingHuman Resources & Staffing$66,129

    18% Lower than other industries

  • Retail & WholesaleRetail & Wholesale$60,943

    28% Lower than other industries

Media & Communication

Top paying companies in Media & Communication for Animator are Riot Games, Pixar Animation Studios, and Blizzard Entertainment.

Riot GamesRiot Games$94,291/yr

Glassdoor Economist Pay Overview

What is the pay outlook for Arts & Design?

Jobs in arts & design are growing due to increased access to remote work. These jobs often require a bachelor’s degree and technical skills such as graphic design software, web-development and research. Salaries vary, as jobs tend to be short-term and contractual, offering workers flexible schedules and the opportunity to manage multiple projects at once.

A Animator salary range in US can vary based on important factors such as education, skills, certifications, and years of experience. A Animator in US can expect to see an entry level salary range of $37,507 to $78,107 per year, based on 20 salary contributions. At the highest seniority level, an experienced Animator in US can make a salary range of $42,108 to $148,102 with at least 8 years of experience, based on 2,814 salary contributions. The top 3 companies in US where a Animator gets the highest compensation are Maryland Institute College of Art, Marvel Entertainment, LLC and Microsoft Corporation. Bigger companies typically pay 35% more than smaller companies for a Animator.

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Job Title

Location

Total Pay

Base Pay | Additional Pay

Total Years of Experience

Years at Recent Employer

Submitted

Date of Time

2D Animator

United States of America

 | 1-3 years

$15

/hr

SubmittedYesterday

1-3 years
Yesterday
Technical Animator

United States of America

 | 4-6 years

$158,500

/yr

$117K | $42K

SubmittedYesterday

4-6 years
Yesterday
3D Animator

United States of America

 | 4-6 years

$25

/hr

SubmittedYesterday

4-6 years
Yesterday
Animator

United States of America

 | 10-14 years

$65

/hr

SubmittedYesterday

10-14 years
Yesterday
Animator

United States of America

 | 4-6 years

$10,110

/mo

$10K | $110

Submitted2 days ago

4-6 years
2 days ago
Animation

United States of America

 | 4-6 years

$83,000

/yr

Submitted2 days ago

4-6 years
2 days ago
Visual Effects Artist

United States of America

 | 4-6 years

$28

/hr

Submitted2 days ago

4-6 years
2 days ago
3D Animator

United States of America

 | 7-9 years

$85,000

/yr

Submitted2 days ago

7-9 years
2 days ago

Animator pay FAQ

The national average salary for an Animator is $54,449 per year in United States. Filter by location to see an Animator salaries in your area. Salaries estimates are based on 1427 salaries submitted anonymously to Glassdoor by an Animator employees.

The highest salary for an Animator in United States is $89,901 per year.

The lowest salary for an Animator in United States is $32,977 per year.

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