How much does a Character Animator make?

Updated Sep 13, 2021

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Employer Size

Experience

$81,619 /yr
Average Base Pay

38 salaries

$46K

Low

$82K

Average

$144K

High

No additional cash compensation has been reported for this role

The national average salary for Character Animator is $81,619 per year in United States. Filter by location to see Character Animator salaries in your area. Salaries estimates are based on 38 salaries submitted anonymously to Glassdoor by Character Animator employees.

Seniority Levels

L2
Animator$69,750 /yr
L3
Senior Animator$109,947 /yr
L4
Lead Animator$100,034 /yr
Career Path

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Pixar Animation Studios
4.1

Pixar Animation Studios

Character Animator

$97,968

 /yr
Range: $64K - $117K
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$64K

$117K

$63,957 - $116,948 Range

DreamWorks Animation
4.2

DreamWorks Animation

Character Animator

$114,951

 /yr
Range: $102K - $148K

$102K

$148K

$102,481 - $147,960 Range

PlayStation
4

PlayStation

Character Animator - Hourly Contractor

$37

 /hr
Range: $36 - $40

$36

$40

$36 - $40 Range

Naughty Dog
4.6

Naughty Dog

Character Animator

$78,601

 /yr
Range: $73K - $116K

$73K

$116K

$73,458 - $116,092 Range

Industrial Light & Magic
3.8

Industrial Light & Magic

Character Animator - Hourly Contractor
About 

$55 -$61

 hourly

$55

$61

$55 - $61 Range

Digital Domain
3.7

Digital Domain

Character Animator - Hourly
About 

$51 -$71

 hourly

$51

$71

$51 - $71 Range

Rhythm & Hues Studios
3.8

Rhythm & Hues Studios

Character Animator - Hourly
About 

$19 -$65

 hourly

$19

$65

$19 - $65 Range

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Insomniac Games
4.3

Insomniac Games

Character Animator
About 

$94K -$103K

$94K

$103K

$94,479 - $103,379 Range

Blur Studio
3.1

Blur Studio

Character Animator
About 

$60K -$90K

$60K

$90K

$59,961 - $89,960 Range

UPS
3.5

UPS

Character Animator - Hourly
About 

$14 -$15

 hourly

$14

$15

$14 - $15 Range

Booz Allen Hamilton
4.2

Booz Allen Hamilton

Character Animator
About 

$67K -$72K

$67K

$72K

$66,631 - $72,194 Range

Walt Disney Company
4

Walt Disney Company

Character Animator
About 

$96K -$103K

$96K

$103K

$95,775 - $102,639 Range

Walt Disney Company
4

Walt Disney Company

Character Animator
About 

$87K -$95K

$87K

$95K

$87,090 - $94,675 Range

Chuck E. Cheese
3.7

Chuck E. Cheese

Character Animator - Hourly
About 

$22 -$24

 hourly

$22

$24

$22 - $24 Range

Amazon Flex
3.5

Amazon Flex

Character Animator - Hourly
About 

$15 -$16

 hourly

$15

$16

$15 - $16 Range

Universal Orlando Resort
4.1

Universal Orlando Resort

Character Animator - Hourly
About 

$10 -$11

 hourly

$10

$11

$10 - $11 Range

DreamWorks Animation
4.2

DreamWorks Animation

Character Animator - Contractor
About 

$115K -$125K

$115K

$125K

$114,882 - $124,563 Range

Rockstar Games
4.4

Rockstar Games

Character Animator
About 

$85K -$92K

$85K

$92K

$84,641 - $91,988 Range

ArenaNet
3.9

ArenaNet

Character Animator
About 

$33K -$35K

$33K

$35K

$32,534 - $34,752 Range

Marvel Entertainment
3.8

Marvel Entertainment

Character Animator - Monthly
About 

₹33K -₹36K

₹33K

₹36K

₹33,096 - ₹35,609 Range

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Frequently asked questions about a Character Animator salaries

The national average salary for a Character Animator is $81,619 per year in United States. Filter by location to see a Character Animator salaries in your area. Salaries estimates are based on 38 salaries submitted anonymously to Glassdoor by a Character Animator employees.

The highest salary for a Character Animator in United States is $143,954 per year.

The lowest salary for a Character Animator in United States is $46,277 per year.

If you are thinking of becoming a Character Animator or planning the next step in your career, find details about the role, the career path and salary trajectory of a Character Animator.

Recent Salary Reports

Below are the most recent character animator salary reports. Employer name has been removed to protect anonymity.

$75,000
per year
A Computer Animator in the Los Angeles, CA Area area reported making $75,000 per year
Job Highlights
1-2 years experience
Los Angeles, CA Area area
Freelance
 
201 to 500 employees
Company - Private
$10,000
monthly
A VFX Artist in the New York City, NY Area area reported making $10,000 per month
Job Highlights
3-4 years experience
New York City, NY Area area
Full-time
 
10000+ employees
Company - Public
$12
hourly
A VFX Artist in the Chicago, IL Area area reported making $12 per hour
Job Highlights
1-2 years experience
Chicago, IL Area area
Full-time
 
1 to 50 employees
Franchise
$40
hourly
An Animator in the Los Angeles, CA Area area reported making $40 per hour
Job Highlights
5-7 years experience
Los Angeles, CA Area area
Contract
 
1 to 50 employees
Subsidiary or Business Segment
$25
hourly
A 3D Animator in the Detroit, MI Area area reported making $25 per hour
Job Highlights
3-4 years experience
Detroit, MI Area area
Freelance
 
501 to 1000 employees
Company - Public
$26
hourly
A 3D Animator in the New York City, NY Area area reported making $26 per hour
Job Highlights
3-4 years experience
New York City, NY Area area
Full-time
 
1 to 50 employees
Company - Private
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