Salary for Special Effects Artists and Animators

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Also known as:  3D Animator, Animator, Multimedia Artist, Special Effects Artist helps find better paying jobs across all specialties and locations. Sign up in our career community today!

Multimedia artists and animators create animated sequences for video games, television, film, and computers. They use technology ranging from pen and ink drawing to complex computer modeling programs in their work, and may script, draw and narrate animated sequences under pressure. Their work may also be used in printed materials, slide shows, and multimedia or production campaigns. Professionals in this field generally have at least some college training.

A Multimedia Artist and Animator will normally get salaries ranging from $42,390 and $142,750 depending on education and tenure levels. will most likely receive an average compensation of eigthy-eight thousand and eigthy dollars per year.

have the highest salaries in Connecticut, where they can earn an average pay rate of near $115,660. People in this career receive the best pay in Information, where they receive normal pay levels of $96,930.

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The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 54.43 percent nationwide in that time.


Special Effects Artists and Animators tend to make the most in the following industries:

Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services
Finance and Insurance
Management of Companies and Enterprises
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation

In general, they earn less within the industries below:

Accommodation and Food Services
Educational Services
Health Care and Social Assistance
Retail Trade
Public Administration
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services