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Updated July 11, 2022

Average 3D Animator Salary

$77,203 yearly
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

$37.12 hourly

Entry level Salary
$44,000 yearly
$44,000
10 %
$77,203
Median
$134,000
90 %

How much does a 3D Animator make?

3d animators make $77,203 per year on average, or $37.12 per hour, in the United States. 3d animators on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $44,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $134,000.

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

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  
1Connecticut$121,218$58.2874
2Rhode Island$114,478$55.0427
3New Hampshire$106,896$51.3944
4District of Columbia$108,571$52.2043
5New York$99,888$48.02408
6Delaware$113,039$54.3517
7Utah$89,460$43.0174
8Washington$94,743$45.55179
9California$94,786$45.57923
10Nevada$111,098$53.4123
11Maryland$97,288$46.77120
12Wisconsin$85,742$41.22116
13Idaho$94,212$45.2922
14New Jersey$107,327$51.6082
15Maine$88,936$42.7618
16Iowa$82,226$39.5353
17North Carolina$83,182$39.99140
18Oregon$76,520$36.7997
19West Virginia$82,887$39.8515
20Kansas$82,025$39.4434
21Indiana$83,865$40.3259
22Texas$69,087$33.21356
23Virginia$73,412$35.29150
24Colorado$74,495$35.8180
25North Dakota$82,809$39.817
26Massachusetts$69,476$33.40173
27Wyoming$63,632$30.5912
28Florida$69,360$33.35210
29Pennsylvania$66,779$32.11155
30Kentucky$76,830$36.9436
31Illinois$67,222$32.32167
32Minnesota$66,341$31.8984
33Vermont$65,762$31.6210
34Michigan$61,779$29.70103
35Georgia$54,959$26.42172
36Arizona$59,293$28.5166
37New Mexico$59,479$28.6021
38Tennessee$55,749$26.8064
39Alaska$61,596$29.618
40Hawaii$45,403$21.8314
41Alabama$56,854$27.3342
42Oklahoma$53,916$25.9238
43Arkansas$55,862$26.8625
44Nebraska$50,283$24.1730
45Mississippi$56,815$27.3120
46Ohio$50,266$24.17116
47Louisiana$51,677$24.8438
48Missouri$51,621$24.8262
49South Dakota$43,862$21.0914
50South Carolina$48,132$23.1445
51Montana$47,952$23.059

Highest Paying Cities For 3D Animators

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Rank  City  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  
1Englewood, NJ$107,806$51.83
2San Francisco, CA$104,399$50.19
3New York, NY$100,403$48.27
4Seattle, WA$96,109$46.21
5Denver, CO$74,275$35.71
6Austin, TX$70,486$33.89
7Fort Lauderdale, FL$68,833$33.09
8Philadelphia, PA$67,545$32.47
9Minneapolis, MN$66,408$31.93
10Atlanta, GA$54,642$26.27

3D Animator Salary Details

3D Animator Salary

What is a 3D Animator's Salary?

Percentile  Annual Salary  Monthly Salary  Hourly Rate  
90th Percentile$134,000$11,167$64
75th Percentile$103,000$8,583$50
Average$77,203$6,434$37
25th Percentile$57,000$4,750$27
10th Percentile$44,000$3,667$21

Average Salary By Related Titles

Job Title  Annual Salary  Monthly Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Openings  
Graphic Designer, Marketing$45,164$3,764$21.71115,113
Motion Graphics Designer$59,628$4,969$28.6744,960
Web Graphic Designer$51,056$4,255$24.5551,462
Interactive Designer$99,638$8,303$47.9048,136
Freelance Designer$52,886$4,407$25.4345,914
Graphic Designer/Production$49,532$4,128$23.8195,831

Here are the five companies hiring the most now:

  1. Microsoft Jobs (3)
  2. Apple Jobs (5)
  3. L3Harris Jobs (2)
  4. Thorlabs Jobs (3)
  5. CACI International Jobs (5)

Which Companies Pay 3D Animators The Most?

According to our most recent salary estimates, NVIDIA and PepsiCo are the highest paying companies for 3d animators.
Rank  Company  Average Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Openings  
1NVIDIA$159,997$76.92
2PepsiCo$117,366$56.43
3Warner Bros.$113,322$54.483
4CACI International$94,530$45.45
5Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center$94,257$45.32
6Electronic Arts$93,624$45.0112
7Robert Half$93,234$44.821
8Integration Innovation$92,655$44.559
9Arthrex$92,473$44.461
10Activision Blizzard$89,995$43.2747
11Epic Games$89,485$43.02
12Big Fish Games$84,968$40.85
13Rooster Teeth$84,868$40.804
14WarnerMedia$84,739$40.747
15RS&H$84,570$40.669
16Grover Gaming$77,203$37.12
17RUN Studios$77,203$37.12
18WET$77,203$37.12
19Zimmerman Advertising$69,337$33.34
20SUNY Oneonta$68,333$32.851

How Much Do 3D Animators Make In Different Industries?

3d animator salaries can vary depending on the industry. In fact, our data shows that the technology, media, and retail industries tend to offer much higher salaries for 3d animators. For example, 3d animators make a whopping average salary of $94,619 while working in the technology industry. Meanwhile, other people in this field are making $90,739 in the media industry and $89,895 in the retail industry.

3d animators may want to avoid working in the education industry as it offers the lowest average salary of $72,119.

Highest Paying Industries For 3D Animators

Rank  Industry  Average Salary  Hourly Rate  
1Technology$94,619$45.49
2Media$90,739$43.62
3Retail$89,895$43.22
4Professional$87,685$42.16
5Education$72,119$34.67

High Paying 3D Animator Jobs

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$77,200$37.12+3.1%
    2021$74,800$35.96+3.7%
    2020$72,100$34.64+2.7%
    2019$70,100$33.69+7.4%
    2018$64,900$31.19+2.0%

    Recently Added 3D Animator Salaries

    Company  Job  Location  Date Added  Salary  
    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
    Robert Half3D AnimatorMalvern, PA01/05/2021$57,831
    Randstad3D AnimatorAustin, TX11/05/2020$45,000

    3D Animator Salaries FAQs

    What state pays 3D Animators the most?

    Connecticut pays 3D Animators the most in the United States, with an average salary of $121,218 per year, or $58.28 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 $114,478 per year.

    What type of 3D Animator gets paid the most?

    Interactive Designer gets paid the most. Interactive Designer made a median salary of $99,638. The best-paid 10 percent make $122,000, while the lowest-paid 10 percent make $81,000.

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