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Cartoonist / Animator Average Salary in Australia 2021

How much money does a Cartoonist / Animator make in Australia?

Average Yearly Salary
84,600 AUD
( 7,050 AUD monthly)


A person working as a Cartoonist / Animator in Australia typically earns around 84,600 AUD per year. Salaries range from 41,400 AUD (lowest) to 132,000 AUD (highest).

This is the average yearly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Cartoonist / Animator salaries vary drastically based on experience, skills, gender, or location. Below you will find a detailed breakdown based on many different criteria.

Cartoonist / Animator Salary Distribution in Australia

Median and salary distribution yearly Australia Cartoonist / Animator
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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Cartoonist / Animator salaries in Australia range from 41,400 AUD per year (minimum salary) to 132,000 AUD per year (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 86,300 AUD per year, which means that half (50%) of people working as Cartoonist / Animator(s) are earning less than 86,300 AUD while the other half are earning more than 86,300 AUD. The median represents the middle salary value. Generally speaking, you would want to be on the right side of the graph with the group earning more than the median salary.

  • Percentiles

    Closely related to the median are two values: the 25th and the 75th percentiles. Reading from the salary distribution diagram, 25% of Cartoonist / Animator(s) are earning less than 57,500 AUD while 75% of them are earning more than 57,500 AUD. Also from the diagram, 75% of Cartoonist / Animator(s) are earning less than 111,000 AUD while 25% are earning more than 111,000 AUD.

What is the difference between the median and the average salary?

Both are indicators. If your salary is higher than both of the average and the median then you are doing very well. If your salary is lower than both, then many people are earning more than you and there is plenty of room for improvement. If your wage is between the average and the median, then things can be a bit complicated. We wrote a guide to explain all about the different scenarios. How to compare your salary

Cartoonist / Animator Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does experience and age affect your pay?

Salary comparison by years of experience yearly Australia Cartoonist / Animator
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The experience level is the most important factor in determining the salary. Naturally the more years of experience the higher your wage. We broke down Cartoonist / Animator salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

A Cartoonist / Animator with less than two years of experience makes approximately 49,100 AUD per year.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 63,200 AUD per year, 29% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 87,100 AUD per year, 38% more than someone with two to five years of experience.

On average, a person's salary doubles their starting salary by the time they cross the 10 years* experience mark.
* Based on the average change in salary over time. Salary variations differ from person to person.

Additionally, Cartoonist / Animator(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 108,000 AUD per year, 24% more than someone with five to ten years of experience.

If the experience level is between fifteen and twenty years, then the expected wage is 116,000 AUD per year, 7% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.

Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 123,000 AUD per year, 7% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Cartoonist / Animator average salary change by experience in Australia

0 - 2 Years
49,100 AUD
2 - 5 Years+29%
63,200 AUD
5 - 10 Years+38%
87,100 AUD
10 - 15 Years+24%
108,000 AUD
15 - 20 Years+7%
116,000 AUD
20+ Years+7%
123,000 AUD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Progress for Most Careers

Salary Comparison By Experience Level
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Cartoonist / Animator Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

Displayed below is the average salary difference between different Cartoonist / Animator(s) who have the same experience but different education levels.

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We all know that higher education equals a bigger salary, but how much more money can a degree add to your income? We broke down Cartoonist / Animator salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.

When the education level is High School, the average salary of a Cartoonist / Animator is 63,200 AUD per year.

While someone with a Certificate or Diploma gets a salary of 90,300 AUD per year, 43% more than someone having a High School degree.

A Bachelor's Degree gets its holder an average salary of 125,000 AUD per year, 38% more than someone with a Certificate or Diploma.

Cartoonist / Animator average salary difference by education level in Australia

High School
63,200 AUD
Certificate or Diploma+43%
90,300 AUD
Bachelor's Degree+38%
125,000 AUD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Difference by Education for Most Careers

Salary Comparison By Education Level
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Cartoonist / Animator Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender yearly Australia Cartoonist / Animator
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Though gender should not have an effect on pay, in reality, it does. So who gets paid more: men or women? Male Cartoonist / Animator employees in Australia earn 5% more than their female counterparts on average.

86,600 AUD
82,200 AUD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Australia for all Careers

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Cartoonist / Animator Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Australia

How much are annual salary increments in Australia for Cartoonist / Animator(s)? How often do employees get salary raises?

Cartoonist / Animator

Cartoonist / Animator(s) in Australia are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 11% every 16 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 8% granted to employees every 16 months.

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The figures provided here are averages of numbers. Those figures should be taken as general guidelines. Salary increments will vary from person to person and depend on many factors, but your performance and contribution to the success of the organization remain the most important factors in determining how much and how often you will be granted a raise.

Australia / All Professions

The term 'Annual Salary Increase' usually refers to the increase in 12 calendar month period, but because it is rarely that people get their salaries reviewed exactly on the one year mark, it is more meaningful to know the frequency and the rate at the time of the increase.

How to calculate the salary increment percentage?

The annual salary Increase in a calendar year (12 months) can be easily calculated as follows: Annual Salary Increase = Increase Rate x 12 ÷ Increase Frequency

The average salary increase in one year (12 months) in Australia is 6%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2020

Information Technology

Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Australia for the year 2020. Companies within thriving industries tend to provide higher and more frequent raises. Exceptions do exist, but generally speaking, the situation of any company is closely related to the economic situation in the country or region. These figures tend to change frequently.

Worldwide Salary Raises: All Countries and All Jobs

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Cartoonist / Animator Bonus and Incentive Rates in Australia

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Australia Cartoonist / Animator
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A Cartoonist / Animator is considered to be a low bonus-based job due to the generally limited involvement in direct revenue generation, with exceptions of course. The people who get the highest bonuses are usually somehow involved in the revenue generation cycle.

68% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 32% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 0% to 4% of their annual salary.

Received Bonus
No Bonus

Types of Bonuses Considered

Individual Performance-Based Bonuses

The most standard form of bonus where the employee is awarded based on their exceptional performance.

Company Performance Bonuses

Occasionally, some companies like to celebrate excess earnings and profits with their staff collectively in the form of bonuses that are granted to everyone. The amount of the bonus will probably be different from person to person depending on their role within the organization.

Goal-Based Bonuses

Granted upon achieving an important goal or milestone.

Holiday / End of Year Bonuses

These types of bonuses are given without a reason and usually resemble an appreciation token.

Bonuses Are Not Commissions!

People tend to confuse bonuses with commissions. A commission is a prefixed rate at which someone gets paid for items sold or deals completed while a bonus is in most cases arbitrary and unplanned.

What makes a position worthy of good bonuses and a high salary?

The main two types of jobs

Revenue GeneratorsSupporting Cast

Employees that are directly involved in generating revenue or profit for the organization. Their field of expertise usually matches the type of business.

Employees that support and facilitate the work of revenue generators. Their expertise is usually different from that of the core business operations.

A graphics designer working for a graphics designing company.

A graphic designer in the marketing department of a hospital.

Revenue generators usually get more and higher bonuses, higher salaries, and more frequent salary increments. The reason is quite simple: it is easier to quantify your value to the company in monetary terms when you participate in revenue generation.

Try to work for companies where your skills can generate revenue. We can't all generate revenue and that's perfectly fine.

Bonus Comparison by Seniority Level

Top management personnel and senior employees naturally exhibit higher bonus rates and frequencies than juniors. This is very predictable due to the inherent responsibilities of being higher in the hierarchy. People in top positions can easily get double or triple bonus rates than employees down the pyramid.

Cartoonist / Animator Average Hourly Wage in Australia

41 AUD per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Australia is 41 AUD. This means that the average Cartoonist / Animator in Australia earns approximately 41 AUD for every worked hour.

Hourly Wage = Annual Salary ÷ ( 52 x 5 x 8 )

The hourly wage is the salary paid in one worked hour. Usually jobs are classified into two categories: salaried jobs and hourly jobs. Salaried jobs pay a fix amount regardless of the hours worked. Hourly jobs pay per worked hour. To convert salary into hourly wage the above formula is used (assuming 5 working days in a week and 8 working hours per day which is the standard for most jobs). The hourly wage calculation may differ slightly depending on the worked hours per week and the annual vacation allowance. The figures mentioned above are good approximations and are considered to be the standard. One major difference between salaried employees and hourly paid employees is overtime eligibility. Salaried employees are usually exempt from overtime as opposed to hourly paid staff.

Cartoonist / Animator VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Cartoonist / Animator and Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment yearly Australia
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The average salary for Cartoonist / Animator is 1% more than that of Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment. Also, Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment salaries are 8% less than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
3D Artist85,100 AUD+1%
3D Designer78,400 AUD-7%
3D Generalist69,000 AUD-18%
3D Visualization Specialist85,000 AUD+1%
Acrobatic Rigger57,800 AUD-32%
Actor113,000 AUD+34%
Associate Media Director91,400 AUD+8%
Associate Producer122,000 AUD+44%
Broadcast Associate61,700 AUD-27%
Broadcast News Analyst88,100 AUD+4%
Broadcast Technician53,700 AUD-36%
Broadcasting Journalist108,000 AUD+28%
Broadcasting Presenter115,000 AUD+36%
Camera Equipment Repairer61,000 AUD-28%
Cartoonist / Animator84,600 AUD+0%
CAS Engineer93,700 AUD+11%
Censorship Executive99,100 AUD+17%
Choreographer71,400 AUD-16%
Colorist44,000 AUD-48%
Communications Manager131,000 AUD+55%
Correspondent97,500 AUD+15%
Dance Director86,200 AUD+2%
Dancer77,500 AUD-8%
Director of Photography92,600 AUD+10%
Disc Jockey53,900 AUD-36%
Editorial Assistant49,100 AUD-42%
Events Manager84,300 AUD-0%
Graphic Designer57,600 AUD-32%
Illustrator65,100 AUD-23%
Instructional Designer55,500 AUD-34%
Journalist109,000 AUD+29%
Makeup Artist58,300 AUD-31%
Media Design Manager148,000 AUD+75%
Media Equipment Operator49,100 AUD-42%
Media Operations Manager118,000 AUD+40%
Media Producer113,000 AUD+34%
Media Product Development Manager140,000 AUD+66%
Media Program Director158,000 AUD+87%
Media Relations Manager151,000 AUD+79%
Media Sales Manager169,000 AUD+100%
Movement and Dance Coordinator86,700 AUD+3%
Multimedia Coordinator59,200 AUD-30%
Multimedia Designer59,900 AUD-29%
Music Consultant81,600 AUD-4%
Musician66,300 AUD-22%
News Associate78,300 AUD-7%
News Reporter105,000 AUD+24%
Producer135,000 AUD+60%
Product Designer56,700 AUD-33%
Production Artist77,100 AUD-9%
Production Assistant54,900 AUD-35%
Production Director128,000 AUD+51%
Production Technician48,300 AUD-43%
Program Researcher90,900 AUD+7%
Promotion Coordinator69,300 AUD-18%
Sound Engineer72,700 AUD-14%
Stage Technician45,300 AUD-46%
Sub Editor52,300 AUD-38%
Television Executive Producer172,000 AUD+100%
Transmission Engineer79,000 AUD-7%
Video Editor64,900 AUD-23%
Video Producer87,900 AUD+4%
Videographer75,800 AUD-10%
Visual Designer76,100 AUD-10%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Adelaide85,300 AUD
Brisbane89,300 AUD
Canberra-Queanbeyan77,000 AUD
Gold Coast-Tweed79,200 AUD
Gosford73,500 AUD
Melbourne87,000 AUD
Newcastle79,600 AUD
Perth83,100 AUD
Sunshine Coast73,300 AUD
Sydney84,500 AUD
Wollongong75,700 AUD

Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the government? Public sector employees in Australia earn 5% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.

Private Sector
88,600 AUD
Public Sector+5%
93,000 AUD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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