How much does a Senior Animator make?

Updated Jun 11, 2021

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$109,327 /yr
Average Base Pay

176 salaries

$82K

Low

$109K

Average

$145K

High

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The national average salary for a Senior Animator is $109,327 in United States. Filter by location to see Senior Animator salaries in your area. Salary estimates are based on 176 salaries submitted anonymously to Glassdoor by Senior Animator employees.

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Senior Animator$109,327 /yr
L4
Lead Animator$95,978 /yr
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Electronic Arts
4.1

Electronic Arts

Senior Animator

$111,555

 /yr
Range: $93K - $142K
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$93K

$142K

$92,850 - $141,900 Range

Blizzard Entertainment
3.6

Blizzard Entertainment

Senior Animator

$133,282

 /yr
Range: $117K - $142K

$117K

$142K

$117,405 - $142,311 Range

Naughty Dog
4.6

Naughty Dog

Senior Animator

$104,641

 /yr
Range: $71K - $121K

$71K

$121K

$71,305 - $121,017 Range

Zynga
4.4

Zynga

Senior Animator

$112,960

 /yr
Range: $101K - $129K

$101K

$129K

$100,612 - $128,560 Range

DreamWorks Animation
4.2

DreamWorks Animation

Senior Animator

$139,648

 /yr
Range: $113K - $167K

$113K

$167K

$112,657 - $167,337 Range

PlayStation
4

PlayStation

Senior Animator

$99,731

 /yr
Range: $90K - $102K

$90K

$102K

$89,753 - $101,890 Range

Amazon
3.8

Amazon

Senior Animator

$136,110

 /yr
Range: $104K - $184K

$104K

$184K

$103,946 - $183,831 Range

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Walt Disney Company
4

Walt Disney Company

Senior Animator

$111,713

 /yr
Range: $103K - $152K

$103K

$152K

$103,446 - $152,476 Range

Rockstar Games
4.3

Rockstar Games

Senior Animator

$108,374

 /yr
Range: $102K - $114K

$102K

$114K

$102,066 - $113,835 Range

Riot Games
4.1

Riot Games

Senior Animator

$155,681

 /yr
Range: $120K - $176K

$120K

$176K

$120,482 - $176,496 Range

Aristocrat Technologies
3.9

Aristocrat Technologies

Senior Animator

$94,328

 /yr
Range: $70K - $100K

$70K

$100K

$70,399 - $100,246 Range

Microsoft
4.4

Microsoft

Senior Animator

$124,603

 /yr
Range: $117K - $159K

$117K

$159K

$117,221 - $158,759 Range

Activision
3.5

Activision

Senior Animator

$105,361

 /yr
Range: $90K - $128K

$90K

$128K

$90,254 - $128,424 Range

Blue Sky Studios
4.2

Blue Sky Studios

Senior Animator

$153,556

 /yr
Range: $147K - $170K

$147K

$170K

$146,733 - $169,935 Range

Imageworks
3.9

Imageworks

Senior Animator

$108,110

 /yr
Range: $99K - $141K

$99K

$141K

$98,558 - $141,317 Range

Industrial Light & Magic
3.6

Industrial Light & Magic

Senior Animator - Hourly Contractor

$58

 /hr
Range: $52 - $59

$52

$59

$52 - $59 Range

Red 5 Studios
2.4

Red 5 Studios

Senior Animator

$110,760

 /yr
Range: $101K - $129K

$101K

$129K

$100,896 - $128,615 Range

Santa Monica Studio
4.7

Santa Monica Studio

Senior Animator

$133,225

 /yr
Range: $101K - $137K

$101K

$137K

$101,413 - $137,170 Range

Industrial Light & Magic
3.6

Industrial Light & Magic

Senior Animator

$119,729

 /yr
Range: $113K - $124K

$113K

$124K

$113,156 - $124,038 Range

Trion Worlds
3.5

Trion Worlds

Senior Animator
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$87K -$102K

$87K

$102K

$87,134 - $102,032 Range

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Frequently asked questions about Senior Animator salaries

The average salary for a Senior Animator is $109,327 in United States. Salaries estimates are based on 176 salaries submitted anonymously to Glassdoor by Senior Animator employees in United States.

The highest salary for a Senior Animator in United States is $145,019 per year.

The lowest salary for a Senior Animator in United States is $82,420 per year.

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Recent Salary Reports

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

$80,000
per year
A Senior Visual Effects Artist in the Las Vegas, NV Area area reported making $80,000 per year
Job Highlights
10+ years experience
Las Vegas, NV Area area
Full-time
 
1 to 50 employees
Company - Private
$83,000
per year
A Senior Animator in the Seattle, WA Area area reported making $83,000 per year
Additional Pay
$58k cash bonus
Job Highlights
10+ years experience
Seattle, WA Area area
Full-time
 
51 to 200 employees
Company - Private
$92,331
per year
A Senior Animator in the New York City, NY Area area reported making $92,331 per year
Job Highlights
10+ years experience
New York City, NY Area area
Contract
 
5001 to 10000 employees
Company - Public
$62
hourly
A Senior FX Artist in the Los Angeles, CA Area area reported making $62 per hour
Job Highlights
8-10 years experience
Los Angeles, CA Area area
Contract
 
501 to 1000 employees
Company - Public
$65
hourly
A Senior FX Artist in the Los Angeles, CA Area area reported making $65 per hour
Job Highlights
10+ years experience
Los Angeles, CA Area area
Full-time
 
501 to 1000 employees
Company - Public
$148,000
per year
A Senior Animator in the Washington, DC Area area reported making $148,000 per year
Additional Pay
$15k cash bonus
Job Highlights
10+ years experience
Washington, DC Area area
Full-time
 
51 to 200 employees
Subsidiary or Business Segment
$94,605
per year
A Senior Animator in the Seattle, WA Area area reported making $94,605 per year
Job Highlights
10+ years experience
Seattle, WA Area area
Full-time
 
51 to 200 employees
Company - Private
$74
hourly
A Senior Effects Artist in the Los Angeles, CA Area area reported making $74 per hour
Job Highlights
10+ years experience
Los Angeles, CA Area area
Contract
 
501 to 1000 employees
Company - Private
$52
hourly
A Senior Compositor in the Los Angeles, CA Area area reported making $52 per hour
Job Highlights
10+ years experience
Los Angeles, CA Area area
Contract
 
51 to 200 employees
Company - Private
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