How much does a Animator make?

Updated Dec 7, 2021

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Employer Size

Experience

$69,896 /yr
Average Base Pay

738 salaries

$38K

Low

$70K

Average

$129K

High

No additional cash compensation has been reported for this role

How much does a Animator make? The national average salary for a Animator is $69,896 in United States. Filter by location to see Animator salaries in your area. Salary estimates are based on 738 salaries submitted anonymously to Glassdoor by Animator employees.

Seniority Levels

L2
Animator$69,896 /yr
L3
Senior Animator$110,364 /yr
L4
Lead Animator$99,711 /yr
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Related Job Titles

2D Animator

$54,948

per year

3D Artist

$62,624

per year

Flash Animator

$61,654

per year

Storyboard Artist

$98,750

per year

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Blue Sky Studios
4.2

Blue Sky Studios

Animator

$108,694

 /yr
Range: $83K - $147K
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$83K

$147K

$82,951 - $147,141 Range

Pixar Animation Studios
4.1

Pixar Animation Studios

Animator

$112,072

 /yr
Range: $55K - $153K

$55K

$153K

$55,439 - $153,265 Range

DreamWorks Animation
4.2

DreamWorks Animation

Animator

$121,135

 /yr
Range: $78K - $174K

$78K

$174K

$78,340 - $174,004 Range

Walt Disney Company
4

Walt Disney Company

Animator

$78,115

 /yr
Range: $29K - $231K

$29K

$231K

$29,316 - $231,296 Range

Electronic Arts
4.1

Electronic Arts

Animator

$96,337

 /yr
Range: $74K - $132K

$74K

$132K

$73,723 - $131,808 Range

Blizzard Entertainment
3.5

Blizzard Entertainment

Animator

$84,761

 /yr
Range: $67K - $103K

$67K

$103K

$66,905 - $102,973 Range

PlayStation
4

PlayStation

Animator - Hourly Contractor

$35

 /hr
Range: $29 - $46

$29

$46

$29 - $46 Range

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Bento Box Entertainment
3.9

Bento Box Entertainment

Animator - Hourly

$22

 /hr
Range: $15 - $56

$15

$56

$15 - $56 Range

Industrial Light & Magic
4.1

Industrial Light & Magic

Animator - Hourly

$65

 /hr
Range: $48 - $80

$48

$80

$48 - $80 Range

2K
4

2K

Animator - Hourly Contractor

$34

 /hr
Range: $29 - $52

$29

$52

$29 - $52 Range

Riot Games
4.2

Riot Games

Animator

$111,906

 /yr
Range: $92K - $141K

$92K

$141K

$91,611 - $141,024 Range

Rooster Teeth Productions
3.5

Rooster Teeth Productions

Animator

$51,554

 /yr
Range: $20K - $73K

$20K

$73K

$20,428 - $73,205 Range

Zynga
4.4

Zynga

Animator

$89,181

 /yr
Range: $65K - $106K

$65K

$106K

$65,492 - $106,298 Range

Insomniac Games
4.3

Insomniac Games

Animator

$87,586

 /yr
Range: $81K - $96K

$81K

$96K

$80,814 - $95,889 Range

Freelancer
4.2

Freelancer

Animator

$64,371

 /yr
Range: $25K - $130K

$25K

$130K

$24,719 - $129,775 Range

PlayStation
4

PlayStation

Animator - Hourly

$41

 /hr
Range: $31 - $44

$31

$44

$31 - $44 Range

Reel FX
3.6

Reel FX

Animator

$71,702

 /yr
Range: $44K - $78K

$44K

$78K

$44,472 - $77,897 Range

Imageworks
3.9

Imageworks

Animator - Hourly

$36

 /hr
Range: $27 - $69

$27

$69

$27 - $69 Range

ideaMACHINE studio
3.7

ideaMACHINE studio

Animator - Hourly

$26

 /hr
Range: $24 - $29

$24

$29

$24 - $29 Range

Fantage
2.2

Fantage

Animator

$56,593

 /yr
Range: $39K - $63K

$39K

$63K

$39,288 - $62,881 Range

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Frequently asked questions about an Animator salaries

The national average salary for an Animator is $69,896 per year in United States. Filter by location to see an Animator salaries in your area. Salaries estimates are based on 738 salaries submitted anonymously to Glassdoor by an Animator employees.

The highest salary for an Animator in United States is $128,692 per year.

The lowest salary for an Animator in United States is $37,962 per year.

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Recent Salary Reports

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

$150,000
per year
A 3D Animator in the San Francisco, CA Area area reported making $150,000 per year
Job Highlights
1-2 years experience
San Francisco, CA Area area
Contract
 
1001 to 5000 employees
Company - Public
$80,000
per year
A VFX Artist in the New York City, NY Area area reported making $80,000 per year
Job Highlights
5-7 years experience
New York City, NY Area area
Self-Employed
 
51 to 200 employees
Company - Private
$13
hourly
A 2D Animator in the Phoenix, AZ Area area reported making $13 per hour
Job Highlights
1-2 years experience
Phoenix, AZ Area area
Full-time
 
51 to 200 employees
Nonprofit Organization
$42
hourly
A 2D Animator in the New York City, NY Area area reported making $42 per hour
Job Highlights
3-4 years experience
New York City, NY Area area
Full-time
 
1 to 50 employees
Company - Private
$76,830
per year
An Animator in the New York City, NY Area area reported making $76,830 per year
Job Highlights
1-2 years experience
New York City, NY Area area
Temporary
 
5001 to 10000 employees
Government
$130,000
per year
A 3D Animation in the New York City, NY Area area reported making $130,000 per year
Job Highlights
5-7 years experience
New York City, NY Area area
Full-time
 
501 to 1000 employees
Subsidiary or Business Segment