Updated August 22, 2022

Average 3D Animator Salary

$73,596yearly

To create our salary estimates, Zippia starts with data published in publicly available sources such as the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Foreign Labor Certification Data Center (FLC) Show More
$35.38 hourly

Entry level Salary
$50,000 yearly
$50,000
10 %
$73,596
Median
$108,000
90 %

How much does a 3D Animator make?

3d animators make $73,596 per year on average, or $35.38 per hour, in the United States. 3d animators on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $50,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $108,000.

Location impacts how much a 3d animator can expect to make. 3d animators make the most in Nevada, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Hampshire, and Delaware.

Highest Paying States For 3D Animators

The darker areas on the map show where 3d animators earn the highest salaries across all 50 states.

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3D Animator average salary by State

Rank  State  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Count  
1New Hampshire$108,808$52.3144
2Rhode Island$109,877$52.8327
3Connecticut$109,227$52.5174
4District of Columbia$105,580$50.7643
5Delaware$107,274$51.5717
6New York$88,963$42.77408
7California$92,000$44.23923
8Washington$85,366$41.04179
9Nevada$125,627$60.4023
10Maryland$91,563$44.02120
11Idaho$83,697$40.2422
12Oregon$77,519$37.2797
13Maine$78,330$37.6618
14Illinois$79,995$38.46167
15North Carolina$76,075$36.57140
16Iowa$74,472$35.8053
17Michigan$76,222$36.65103
18Virginia$75,003$36.06150
19New Mexico$77,008$37.0221
20West Virginia$72,958$35.0815
21Utah$65,717$31.5974
22Kansas$72,191$34.7134
23Colorado$70,922$34.1080
24Wisconsin$64,045$30.79116
25Indiana$71,520$34.3859
26Massachusetts$63,826$30.69173
27North Dakota$71,237$34.257
28Tennessee$66,456$31.9564
29Texas$61,260$29.45356
30Arizona$67,153$32.2966
31Vermont$66,166$31.8110
32Kentucky$67,946$32.6736
33New Jersey$71,456$34.3582
34Wyoming$54,829$26.3612
35Pennsylvania$60,134$28.91155
36Arkansas$66,425$31.9425
37Florida$57,978$27.87210
38Alaska$62,952$30.278
39Oklahoma$55,519$26.6938
40Georgia$50,374$24.22172
41Minnesota$56,120$26.9884
42Nebraska$50,515$24.2930
43Hawaii$40,312$19.3814
44Ohio$46,604$22.41116
45Missouri$49,593$23.8462
46South Dakota$43,799$21.0614
47Alabama$48,811$23.4742
48Louisiana$41,506$19.9538
49Mississippi$47,913$23.0420
50Montana$48,446$23.299
51South Carolina$40,846$19.6445

Highest Paying Cities For 3D Animators

Rank  City  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  
1San Francisco, CA$102,772$49.41
2New York, NY$89,007$42.79
3Seattle, WA$85,909$41.30
4Chicago, IL$80,424$38.67
5Wilmington, NC$75,006$36.06
6Englewood, NJ$71,616$34.43
7Denver, CO$70,795$34.04
8Austin, TX$61,227$29.44
9Philadelphia, PA$60,490$29.08
10Fort Lauderdale, FL$57,639$27.71
11Minneapolis, MN$56,137$26.99
12Atlanta, GA$50,536$24.30
13Cincinnati, OH$44,873$21.57

3D Animator Salary Details

Average 3D Animator Salary Graph
Average 3D Animator Salary Graph, Trends, and Summary

What is a 3D Animator's Salary?

Percentile  Annual Salary  Monthly Salary  Hourly Rate  
90th Percentile$108,000$9,000$52
75th Percentile$90,000$7,500$43
Average$73,596$6,133$35
25th Percentile$60,000$5,000$29
10th Percentile$50,000$4,167$24

Average Salary By Related Titles

Job Title  Annual Salary  Monthly Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Openings  
Graphic Designer, Marketing$48,763$4,064$23.44115,113
Motion Graphics Designer$62,558$5,213$30.0844,960
Web Graphic Designer$52,574$4,381$25.2851,462
Interactive Designer$97,929$8,161$47.0848,136
Freelance Designer$57,260$4,772$27.5345,914
Graphic Designer/Production$48,619$4,052$23.3795,831

Here are the five companies hiring the most now:

  1. Apple Jobs (5)
  2. Microsoft Jobs (3)
  3. LAIKA Jobs (2)
  4. Big Fish Games Jobs (3)
  5. Activision Blizzard Jobs (3)

Which Companies Pay 3D Animators The Most?

According to our most recent salary estimates, NVIDIA and Warner Bros. are the highest paying companies for 3d animators.
Rank  Company  Average Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Openings  
1NVIDIA$132,505$63.703
2Warner Bros.$99,168$47.684
3Big Fish Games$94,601$45.48
4Activision Blizzard$93,973$45.1842
5Rooster Teeth$91,287$43.894
6WarnerMedia$86,023$41.364
7Grover Gaming$84,515$40.632
8Arthrex$82,542$39.681
9RS&H$76,744$36.905
10Robert Half$75,568$36.332
11Zimmerman Advertising$68,377$32.87
12WET$67,130$32.27
13Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center$66,152$31.80
14DDB$64,066$30.805
15CACI International$61,809$29.72
16Make School$45,658$21.95

3D Animator Salary Trends

Average 3D Animator Salary Over Time

Compare salaries for individual cities or states with the national average.

    3D Animator Salary By Year

    Year  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  % Change  
    2022$73,600$35.38+3.1%
    2021$71,300$34.28+3.7%
    2020$68,700$33.02+2.7%
    2019$66,800$32.12+7.4%
    2018$61,900$29.74+2.0%

    Recently Added 3D Animator Salaries

    Company  Job  Location  Date Added  Salary  
    Gungho Online Entertainment America, Inc.Senior 3D AnimatorRedondo Beach, CA07/12/2022$80,000
    Rs&HJunior 3D Generalist/Cinematic AnimatorDenver, CO06/22/2022$44,996
    Dk Global, Inc.3D Animator (3D Generalist)Redlands, CA04/20/2022$90,000
    Gungho Online Entertainment America, Inc.Senior 3D AnimatorRedondo Beach, CA04/20/2022$80,000
    Gungho Online Entertainment America, Inc.3D AnimatorRedondo Beach, CA04/18/2022$60,000
    NvidiaSenior 3D AnimatorSanta Clara, CA03/30/2022$133,200
    NvidiaCreative 3D Animator/GeneralistSanta Clara, CA12/22/2021$126,000
    Robert Half3D AnimatorMalvern, PA08/04/2021$57,831
    Robert Half3D AnimatorMalvern, PA07/10/2021$57,831
    Robert Half3D AnimatorEnfield, CT07/09/2021$66,074

    3D Animator Salaries FAQs

    What state pays 3D Animators the most?

    Nevada pays 3D Animators the most in the United States, with an average salary of $125,627 per year, or $60.40 per hour.

    How do I know if I'm being paid fairly as a 3D Animator?

    You know if you are being paid fairly as a 3D Animator if your pay is close to the average pay for the state you live in. For example, if you live in Rhode Island you should be paid close to $109,877 per year.

    What type of 3D Animator gets paid the most?

    Interactive Designer gets paid the most. Interactive Designer made a median salary of $97,929. The best-paid 10 percent make $118,000, while the lowest-paid 10 percent make $80,000.

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