How Much Do 3D Artists and Animators Make in 2021 (including Starting Salary)

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Annual Salary, Salary Range, and Highest Paying States and Industries

Multimedia Artists and Animators

Multimedia Artists and Animators create special effects or animations using film, video, computers, or other electronic tools and media for use in products, such as computer games, movies, music videos, and commercials.

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Table of contents
  1. Average salary
  2. Starting salary
  3. Salary rank
  4. Salary range
  5. Highest paying states
  6. Highest paying industries

Average salary

Annual salary
$88080 per year
Hourly wage
$42 per hour

Starting salary

Entry-level annual salary
$42,390 to $56,890 per year
Entry-level hourly wage
$20 to $27 per hour

Entry-level Multimedia Artists and Animators with little to no experience can expect to make anywhere between $42,390 to $56,890 per year or $20 to $27 per hour. Similar to any other job, their salary will increase as they gain experience.

Salary rank

Salary rank

We wanted to make it easy for our readers to compare the salary of Multimedia Artists and Animators to all the other careers out there. So we created Salary Rank. We compared the salary of all careers then we gave them a rank of A, B, C, or D depending on where their average salary sit in comparison to other careers.

Salary range

Level Hourly Annual
Highest (Top 10%) $69 $142,750
Senior (Top 25%) $52 $108,640
Middle (Mid 50%) $37 $77,700
Junior (Bottom 25%) $27 $56,890
No experience (Bottom 10%) $20 $42,390

Highest paying states

State Hourly Annual
CT $56 $115,660
CA $51 $105,480
NY $47 $98,770
OR $46 $96,350
WA $43 $90,130
DC $43 $89,520
KS $42 $86,880
HI $41 $84,730
MD $41 $84,520
NJ $40 $83,840

Another simple way to increase your salary as a Multimedia Artist and Animator is to move to a higher paying state. However moving to a higher paying state like CT doesn’t guarantee that you will make more because the expenses at CT might be much higher than where you are currently living at right now.

According to BLS, the highest paid 3D Artists and Animators are in the states of CT, CA, NY, OR and WA.

Highest paying industries

Salary by industry Annual Hourly
Motion Picture and Video Industries $105670 $50.80
Employment Services $95330 $45.83
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing $94610 $45.48
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing $93920 $45.15
Other Information Services $92920 $44.67
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers $88430 $42.52
Software Publishers $87840 $42.23
Cable and Other Subscription Programming $85280 $41.00
Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers $85200 $40.96
Data Processing, Hosting, and Related Services $82620 $39.72
Specialized Design Services $81600 $39.23
Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing $81520 $39.19
Management of Companies and Enterprises $79190 $38.07
Radio and Television Broadcasting $78990 $37.98
Scientific Research and Development Services $78630 $37.80
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services $78000 $37.50
Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations $74790 $35.96
Commercial and Service Industry Machinery Manufacturing $74170 $35.66
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services $73600 $35.39
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services $73080 $35.13
Amusement Parks and Arcades $72260 $34.74
Computer Systems Design and Related Services $71700 $34.47
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services $71550 $34.40
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions $69460 $33.40
Educational Support Services $68620 $32.99
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals $66450 $31.95
Local Government $65580 $31.53
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers $62410 $30.00
State Government $60990 $29.32
Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods $60590 $29.13

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