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Animator Average Salary in United States 2021

How much money does an Animator make in United States?

Average Yearly Salary
71,800 USD
( 5,980 USD monthly)


A person working as an Animator in United States typically earns around 71,800 USD per year. Salaries range from 38,100 USD (lowest) to 109,000 USD (highest).

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

Animator Salary Distribution in United States

Median and salary distribution yearly United States Animator
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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Animator salaries in United States range from 38,100 USD per year (minimum salary) to 109,000 USD per year (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 67,500 USD per year, which means that half (50%) of people working as Animator(s) are earning less than 67,500 USD while the other half are earning more than 67,500 USD. 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 Animator(s) are earning less than 47,500 USD while 75% of them are earning more than 47,500 USD. Also from the diagram, 75% of Animator(s) are earning less than 83,000 USD while 25% are earning more than 83,000 USD.

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

Animator Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does experience and age affect your pay?

Salary comparison by years of experience yearly United States 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 Animator salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

An Animator with less than two years of experience makes approximately 43,800 USD per year.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 53,700 USD per year, 23% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 76,100 USD per year, 42% 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, Animator(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 88,900 USD per year, 17% 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 97,800 USD per year, 10% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.

Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 103,000 USD per year, 6% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Animator average salary change by experience in United States

0 - 2 Years
43,800 USD
2 - 5 Years+23%
53,700 USD
5 - 10 Years+42%
76,100 USD
10 - 15 Years+17%
88,900 USD
15 - 20 Years+10%
97,800 USD
20+ Years+6%
103,000 USD
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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Animator Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

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

Salary comparison by education level yearly United States Animator
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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 Animator salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.

When the education level is High School, the average salary of an Animator is 53,000 USD per year.

While someone with a Certificate or Diploma gets a salary of 60,100 USD per year, 13% more than someone having a High School degree.

A Bachelor's Degree gets its holder an average salary of 78,600 USD per year, 31% more than someone with a Certificate or Diploma.

Professionals who hold a Master's Degree are rewarded with an average salary of 103,000 USD per year, 32% more than someone with Bachelor's Degree.

Animator average salary difference by education level in United States

High School
53,000 USD
Certificate or Diploma+13%
60,100 USD
Bachelor's Degree+31%
78,600 USD
Master's Degree+32%
103,000 USD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Is a Master's degree or an MBA worth it? Should you pursue higher education?

A Master's degree program or any post-graduate program in United States costs anywhere from 39,500 US Dollar(s) to 118,000 US Dollar(s) and lasts approximately two years. That is quite an investment.

You can't really expect any salary increases during the study period, assuming you already have a job. In most cases, a salary review is conducted once education is completed and the degree has been attained.

Many people pursue higher education as a tactic to switch into a higher paying job. The numbers seem to support the thoery. The average increase in compensation while changing jobs is approximately 10% more than the customary salary increment.

If you can afford the costs of higher education, the return on investment is definitely worth it. You should be able to recover the costs in roughly a year or so.

Typical Salary Difference by Education for Most Careers

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Animator Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender yearly United States 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 Animator employees in United States earn 6% more than their female counterparts on average.

73,600 USD
69,700 USD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in United States for all Careers

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Animator Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in United States

How much are annual salary increments in United States for Animator(s)? How often do employees get salary raises?


Animator(s) in United States are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 10% 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.

United States / 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 United States is 6%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2020

Information Technology

Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in United States 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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Animator Bonus and Incentive Rates in United States

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate United States Animator
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An 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.

72% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 28% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 1% to 3% 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.

Animator Average Hourly Wage in United States

35 USD per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in United States is 35 USD. This means that the average Animator in United States earns approximately 35 USD 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.

Animator VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Animator and Advertising / Grapic Design / Events yearly United States
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The average salary for Animator is 20% less than that of Advertising / Grapic Design / Events. Also, Advertising / Grapic Design / Events salaries are 6% less than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Advertising Account Executive103,000 USD+43%
Advertising Account Manager115,000 USD+60%
Advertising Account Planner58,700 USD-18%
Advertising Coordinator72,700 USD+1%
Advertising Manager151,000 USD+110%
Advertising Operations Manager160,000 USD+120%
Advertising Strategic Planner103,000 USD+43%
Advertising Team Leader91,400 USD+27%
Animator71,800 USD-0%
Art Director92,000 USD+28%
Artist75,600 USD+5%
Artworker56,600 USD-21%
Assistant Art Director74,700 USD+4%
Audiosual Technician55,300 USD-23%
Broadcast Administrator102,000 USD+42%
Catering Sales64,300 USD-10%
Catering Trainer69,700 USD-3%
Commercial and Industrial Designer59,300 USD-17%
Conference Organiser71,100 USD-1%
Content and Media Production Lead109,000 USD+52%
CopyWriter67,500 USD-6%
Creative Designer73,700 USD+3%
Creative Director92,300 USD+29%
Designer 53,200 USD-26%
Desktop Publisher48,300 USD-33%
Director of Graphic Design90,700 USD+26%
Events and Promotions Manager160,000 USD+120%
Exhibit Display Coordinator70,400 USD-2%
Exhibit Display Manager96,600 USD+35%
Finisher47,700 USD-34%
Graphic Artist59,500 USD-17%
Graphic Designer61,400 USD-15%
Graphics Design Supervisor85,200 USD+19%
Imagery Analyst58,000 USD-19%
Imaging Technologist54,000 USD-25%
Interaction Designer46,700 USD-35%
Media Planner82,800 USD+15%
Media Production Coordinator69,200 USD-4%
Media Production Manager128,000 USD+78%
Media Project Manager132,000 USD+84%
Media Relations Representative106,000 USD+48%
Media Sales Executive126,000 USD+75%
Multimedia Specialist54,000 USD-25%
Photographer51,900 USD-28%
PPC Campaign Manager94,800 USD+32%
Print Production Manager105,000 USD+46%
Product and Brand Manager156,000 USD+120%
Sales Promotion Manager153,000 USD+110%
Sketch Artist64,400 USD-10%
Social Media Executive118,000 USD+64%
Technical Typist42,300 USD-41%
User Experience UX Designer67,800 USD-6%
UX Designer59,900 USD-17%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Atlanta68,300 USD
Austin73,200 USD
Baltimore66,700 USD
Boston72,400 USD
Bristol55,100 USD
Chicago78,300 USD
Cincinnati61,500 USD
Cleveland61,100 USD
Dallas79,100 USD
Denver71,600 USD
Detroit72,400 USD
Honolulu57,100 USD
Houston84,100 USD
Indianapolis71,700 USD
Iowa City58,200 USD
Jacksonville77,600 USD
Kansas City63,300 USD
Kent56,500 USD
Las Vegas70,300 USD
Long Beach63,800 USD
Los Angeles85,200 USD
Memphis67,800 USD
Miami62,400 USD
Minneapolis65,200 USD
New Orleans61,700 USD
New York86,700 USD
Oakland65,100 USD
Oklahoma City66,500 USD
Orlando58,400 USD
Philadelphia78,100 USD
Phoenix80,000 USD
Sacramento69,800 USD
San Antonio77,300 USD
San Diego76,300 USD
San Francisco71,600 USD
San Jose78,100 USD
Seattle74,400 USD
Tampa61,600 USD
Vancouver60,300 USD
Washington D.C.71,100 USD

Salary Comparison By State

StateAverage Salary
Alabama71,000 USD
Alaska64,600 USD
Arizona72,400 USD
Arkansas69,800 USD
California75,100 USD
Colorado70,600 USD
Connecticut71,400 USD
Delaware62,600 USD
District of Columbia63,800 USD
Florida74,800 USD
Georgia76,600 USD
Hawaii68,100 USD
Idaho64,300 USD
Illinois79,000 USD
Indiana71,100 USD
Iowa68,600 USD
Kansas64,600 USD
Kentucky69,400 USD
Louisiana72,300 USD
Maine62,700 USD
Maryland73,800 USD
Massachusetts69,500 USD
Michigan75,300 USD
Minnesota74,000 USD
Mississippi65,800 USD
Missouri73,500 USD
Montana61,200 USD
Nebraska65,900 USD
Nevada70,100 USD
New Hampshire63,400 USD
New Jersey76,700 USD
New Mexico64,200 USD
New York78,100 USD
North Carolina71,600 USD
North Dakota61,000 USD
Ohio78,500 USD
Oklahoma67,300 USD
Oregon70,100 USD
Pennsylvania73,300 USD
Rhode Island62,600 USD
South Carolina73,100 USD
South Dakota61,500 USD
Tennessee74,700 USD
Texas75,000 USD
Utah66,400 USD
Vermont64,100 USD
Virginia73,400 USD
Washington75,700 USD
West Virginia63,400 USD
Wisconsin72,300 USD
Wyoming63,700 USD

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 United States earn 5% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.

Private Sector
92,400 USD
Public Sector+5%
97,100 USD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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