How much does an Animator make in Washington, DC ?

Updated Oct 29, 2023

Experience

Industry

Total Pay Range
$58K - $96K/yr
Base Pay
$55K - $90K/yr
Additional Pay
$3K - $6K/yr

$74K

/yr
$58K$96K
Most Likely Range

The estimated total pay for a Animator is $74,332 per year in the Washington, DC area, with an average salary of $70,344 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 $3,988 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.

How accurate is this most likely Total Pay range (base + additional) of $58K-$96K/yr?

Total Pay Trajectory

For Animator in Washington, DC

$74,332 /yr
Animator
$100,648 /yr
Senior Animator
$103,023 /yr
Lead Animator
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What is the total pay trajectory for Animator?

Job TitleSalary
Animator$74,332 /yr
Senior Animator$100,648 /yr
Lead Animator$103,023 /yr

Related Job Titles

For Animator in Washington, DC

Some related job titles are 2D Animator Salaries with median pay of $79,933, 3D Artist Salaries with median pay of $72,812, Flash Animator Salaries with median pay of $91,485, Storyboard Artist Salaries with median pay of $102,809.

Total Pay Trajectory

For Animator in Washington, DC

$74,332 /yr
Animator
$100,648 /yr
Senior Animator
$103,023 /yr
Lead Animator
See Full Career Path

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What is the total pay trajectory for Animator?

Job TitleSalary
Animator$74,332 /yr
Senior Animator$100,648 /yr
Lead Animator$103,023 /yr

What are total pay estimates for an Animator at different companies in Washington, DC ?

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HRS Consulting
5
AnimatorSee 2 salaries from this location

$72,681

 / yr
Moon Studios
2.4
AnimatorSee 1 salary from this location

$68,779

 / yr
Pixar Animation Studios
4.1
AnimatorSee 1 salary from this location

$37

 / hr
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio
4
AnimatorSee 1 salary from this location

$75,667

 / yr
SMA
4
AnimatorSee 1 salary from this location

$28

 / hr
Global Risk Advisors
3.7
AnimatorSee 1 salary from this location

$68,570

 / yr
Pigmental Studios
3.5
AnimatorSee 1 salary from this location

$65,396

 / yr

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US Forest Service
3.6
AnimatorSee 1 salary from this location

$76,412

 / yr
U.Group
3
AnimatorSee 1 salary from this location

$85,849

 / yr
Richter10.2
4.6
AnimatorSee 1 salary from this location

$74,410

 / yr
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Animator in Washington, DC Salaries

Job TitleLocationSalary
HRS Consulting Animator salaries - 2 salaries reportedWashington, DC $72,681/yr
Moon Studios Animator salaries - 1 salaries reportedWashington, DC $68,779/yr
Pixar Animation Studios Animator salaries - 1 salaries reportedWashington, DC $37/hr
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio Animator salaries - 1 salaries reportedWashington, DC $75,667/yr
SMA Animator salaries - 1 salaries reportedWashington, DC $28/hr
Global Risk Advisors Animator salaries - 1 salaries reportedWashington, DC $68,570/yr
Pigmental Studios Animator salaries - 1 salaries reportedWashington, DC $65,396/yr
US Forest Service Animator salaries - 1 salaries reportedWashington, DC $76,412/yr
U.Group Animator salaries - 1 salaries reportedWashington, DC $85,849/yr
Richter10.2 Animator salaries - 1 salaries reportedWashington, DC $74,410/yr
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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.

How does the Animator salary in Washington, DC compare to the national average salary in US for the same job?

The average salary for a Animator in US is $69,896 per year based on 738 salary contributions, which is 18.73% less than the salary for a Animator in Washington, DC . The cost of living and the local demand for the work are among the factors affecting wages. 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 or Time

Animator

Washington, DC

 | 1-3 years

$80,000

/yr

Submitted 2 days ago

1-3 years
2 days ago
3D Animator

Washington, DC

 | 4-6 years

$30,000

/yr

Submitted 5 days ago

4-6 years
5 days ago
3D Animator

Washington, DC

 | 4-6 years

$56,000

/yr

Submitted 7 days ago

4-6 years
7 days ago
Cartoonist/Animator

Washington, DC

 | 4-6 years

$60,194

/yr

Submitted 12 days ago

4-6 years
12 days ago
Animator

Washington, DC

 | 1-3 years

$60,000

/yr

Submitted 14 days ago

1-3 years
14 days ago
3D Animator

Washington, DC

 | 10-14 years

$6,000

/mo

Submitted 14 days ago

10-14 years
14 days ago
Animator

Washington, DC

 | 4-6 years

$66

/hr

Submitted 24 days ago

4-6 years
24 days ago
Animator

Washington, DC

 | 1-3 years

$3,491

/mo

Submitted 26 days ago

1-3 years
26 days ago

Animator pay FAQ in Washington, DC

The average salary for an Animator is $74,332 per year in Washington, DC . Salaries estimates are based on 1632 salaries submitted anonymously to Glassdoor by an Animator employees in Washington, DC .

The highest salary for an Animator in Washington, DC is $95,864 per year.

The lowest salary for an Animator in Washington, DC is $57,801 per year.

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

Animators earn similar compensation to graphic designers and special effects artists. Some animators are self-employed freelancers while others work as salaried employees across all industries. Animators who work for specialized design services firms, public relations firms, or advertising firms generally have the highest salaries. Freelancers’ pay varies by the number of contracts they secure and the rates they charge.

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Approximately 70% of animators feel satisfied with their current earnings. For professionals with membership in the Animation Guild, five to seven years of experience, and in-depth knowledge of animation software, the salary of an animator could be considered good.

Animators have the potential to earn a high salary, with earnings ranging between $46,092.84 and $120,298.34 and an average of $70,335.68. The more experience you gain and skills you master, the more you'll earn in your animation career, so after building experience and a reputation, consider a senior-level role. Lead animators often have a higher average annual salary and better benefits than their entry-level counterparts.

You can earn more from your career as an animator through three primary methods: skills, experience, and professional membership. First, master marketable skills such as Adobe Creative Suite, Maya, Zbrush, illustration, CelAction 2D, and Moho Pro. As a professional, the more competence you have, the higher your earning potential. Next, gain valuable experience and grow your network through animator internships, apprenticeships, part-time, contract, or remote work. Animation is a creative field with diverse opportunities; take advantage of them and you'll grow an impressive resume. Finally, joining the Animation Guild underscores your role as a professional, opens the door to workshops, seminars, and networking opportunities, and stands out to future employers.

Have an offer on the table? If you're negotiating a higher salary in your animator position, always let the company offer first. If they ask what range of pay you're expecting, reverse the question by asking, "What's budgeted for this role?" so they have the chance to state a higher figure than your preferred salary. If they don't, make a counter-offer ranging between 5 and 10%, and never accept the first "no." Rejecting the first offer is standard practice for many companies, so stay persistent. If you're already in an established position, demonstrate what you've brought to the role in the past year using solid evidence, such as expense reports or positive reviews.

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