Updated Dec 13, 2021

How much does a Character Animator make?

Updated Dec 13, 2021

Experience

Industry

$72,802 / yrTotal Pay
$67,535 / yrBase Pay
$5,267 / yrAdditional Pay

$72,802

 / yr
$45K$118K
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Possible Range

The estimated total pay for a Character Animator is $72,802 per year in the United States area, with an average salary of $67,535 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 $5,267 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

$58,842 /yr
Animator
$78,939 /yr
Senior Animator
$80,307 /yr
Lead Animator
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Related Job Titles

For Character Animator

Some related job titles are 2D Game Artist Salaries with median pay of $59,594, 3D Character Animator Salaries with median pay of $63,784, 2D Animation Salaries with median pay of $63,999, 3D Animator Salaries with median pay of $75,308.

Top Paying Industries

For a Character Animator in United States

The top 5 paying industries for a Character Animator in United States are Information Technology with a median total pay of $107,020, Arts, Entertainment & Recreation with a median total pay of $102,371, Media & Communication with a median total pay of $99,197, Management & Consulting with a median total pay of $94,035, and Manufacturing with a median total pay of $93,049.

IndustryTotal PayTotal Pay Insight
  • Information TechnologyInformation Technology$107,020

    11% Higher than other industries

  • Arts, Entertainment & RecreationArts, Entertainment & Recreation$102,371

    7% Higher than other industries

  • Media & CommunicationMedia & Communication$99,197

    4% Higher than other industries

  • Management & ConsultingManagement & Consulting$94,035

    1% Lower than other industries

  • ManufacturingManufacturing$93,049

    2% Lower than other industries

Information Technology

Top paying companies in Information Technology for Character Animator are ArenaNet, Firaxis Games, and Seed Studios.

ArenaNetArenaNet$123,366/yr
Firaxis GamesFiraxis Games$111,531/yr
Seed Studios$102,508/yr
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 / yr

$105,238

 / yr

$9,959

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$8,531

 / mo

$88,700

 / yr

$99,985

 / yr

$101,544

 / yr

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$7,846

 / mo

$112,749

 / yr

$86,143

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$8,890

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$14,509

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$91,815

 / yr

$7,525

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Location

Total Pay

Basic Pay | Additional Pay

Total Years of Experience

Years at Recent Employer

Submitted

Date of Time

Computer Animator

United States of America

 | 15+ years

$80,000

/yr

SubmittedYesterday

15+ years
Yesterday
FX Artist

United States of America

 | 1-3 years

$40

/hr

SubmittedYesterday

1-3 years
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Previs Shot Creator/Animator

United States of America

 | 1-3 years

$42

/hr

SubmittedYesterday

1-3 years
Yesterday
Animator, Illustrator

United States of America

 | 1-3 years

$17

/hr

SubmittedYesterday

1-3 years
Yesterday
VFX Artist

United States of America

 | 1-3 years

$100,000

/yr

SubmittedYesterday

1-3 years
Yesterday
Animator

United States of America

 | 7-9 years

$18

/hr

SubmittedYesterday

7-9 years
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Medical Animator

United States of America

 | 1-3 years

$25

/hr

Submitted2 days ago

1-3 years
2 days ago
3D Animator

United States of America

 | 15+ years

$104,500

/yr

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Character Animator pay FAQ

The national average salary for a Character Animator is $67,535 per year in United States. Filter by location to see a Character Animator salaries in your area. Salaries estimates are based on 76 salaries submitted anonymously to Glassdoor by a Character Animator employees.

The highest salary for a Character Animator in United States is $108,123 per year.

The lowest salary for a Character Animator in United States is $42,183 per year.

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