Animator Salary in the US

$56,720
per year
per month
$4,730
per month
per year
Bonus
$1,730/year
Profit Sharing
$2,600/year
Bonus
$140/month
Profit Sharing
$220/month

Animator - Average Salary

The average salary for an Animator is $56,720 per year ($4,730 per month), which is $3,230 (+6%) higher than the average salary in the United States.
An Animator can expect an average starting salary of $37,440. The highest salaries can exceed $93,440.
$37,440
Low
$56,720
Average salary
$93,440
High
$3,120
Low
$4,730
Average salary
$7,790
High
Total pay includes salary, bonus and profit sharing.
$0
$69,400
$138,740
Salary$37,440 - 93,440
Bonus$0 - 10,800
Profit Sharing$0 - 34,500
Total Pay$37,440 - 138,740
$0
$5,790
$11,570
Salary$3,120 - 7,790
Bonus$0 - 900
Profit Sharing$0 - 2,880
Total Pay$3,120 - 11,570

Animator Salary Range

Low
$37,440
Average salary
$56,720
Senior
$72,280
High
$93,440
Low
$3,120
Average salary
$4,730
Senior
$6,020
High
$7,790
Among Animators in the U.S., 2D Animators tend to have lower salaries, while 3D Animators, Animators working at companies like Dreamworks and Disney Pixar and Senior Animators enjoy the highest salaries.

Animator - Salary Differences

JobSalaryDifference
Pixar Animator$81K/year
+43% 
Disney Animator$79K/year
+39% 
Dreamworks Animator$77K/year
+36% 
Senior Animator$70K/year
+24% 
3D Animator$65K/year
+14% 
Stop Motion Animator$58K/year
+2% 
2D Animator$54K/year
 -5%

Animator - Pay by Experience Level in the United States

An Entry Level Animator with less than three years of experience can expect to earn an average starting salary of $43,530 per year. A mid level Animator with 4-9 years of experience earns an average salary of $52,500, while a Senior Animator with 10-20 years of experience makes on average $71,640. Animators with more than 20 years of experience earn $70,250 per year on average.

How Work Experience Affects the Salary of an Animator

Senior▲ +26%
Late Career▲ +24%
Average Salary$56,720/year
Mid Level▼ -7%
Entry Level▼ -23%

Gender Breakdown

Female
38%
Male
62%

Animator - Related Salaries

The salary information presented on this page is based on all Animator jobs published on Jobted in the last 12 months and on data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS.gov).
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Frequently asked questions about the salary of the Animator

How much does an Animator make in the US?
An Animator in the US earns an average of $56,720 gross per year, which is about $4,730 gross per month. Everything you need to know about the salary of the Animator updated to 2022.
What is the starting salary for an Animator in the US?
The starting salary of an Animator in the US is around $37,440 gross per year. 2D Animators usually have a lower salary.
What is the highest salary for an Animator in the US?
The highest salary of an Animator in the US can reach and exceed $93,440 gross per year. 3D Animators, Animators working at companies like Dreamworks and Disney Pixar and Senior Animators usually have the highest salaries.
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