Animators are one of the most common jobs in America. Additionally, a significant number of people work as animators in every state in the union — it’s not like they are all just concentrated in California or the South.
Since animators are such a prominent occupation, we at Zippia wanted to look at where animators have it the best: where there are plenty of jobs to go around and people get paid what they deserve during every phase of their career.
To that end, we dove into the numbers from the BLS to figure out which states have the best opportunities for animators.
After all the numbers had been crunched, we were left with this list of the best of best for America’s animators:
So there you have it — Multimedia Artists And Animators is the best of the best when it comes to being an animator.
How did Multimedia Artists And Animators end up here and does it really deserve this ranking? Read on to see how we completed our research on the best states for animators and for more on the top ten states.
If you’re interested, you can read more about the job scene here:
Here at Zippia, we talk to a lot of people of all different backgrounds looking for jobs. Our research has concluded that there are two common things people want in a job:
So in order to find out the best states for animators in America we needed to figure out where the jobs are and how well animators get paid. This led to the following criteria taken from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’s Occupational Employment Statistics for 2016:
To make all the salary numbers more apples to apples across states, we compared the salary data relative to the state’s cost of living.
Applying this standardization allows us to account for that fact that it costs more to live in certain in states. For example, the average salary for animators in California is $82,680 and the average salary in Illinois is $63,830, but the Illinois salary actually goes further in paying for life’s essentials.
In order to develop and overall ranking, we ranked each state for each criteria from 1 to 50 where 1 was the best.
We then averaged all the rankings for a state into a Job Score with the state having the lowest overall Job Score earning the distinction of being the best state for animators in America.
So without further ado, let’s get into just what made each state so great for animators.
Total Jobs: 1,720
Average Annual Salary: $70,990
Average Entry Level Salary: $41,850
Average Experienced Salary: $106,360
Location Quotient: 0.69
Total Jobs: 1,800
Average Annual Salary: $76,130
Average Entry Level Salary: $42,290
Average Experienced Salary: $112,070
Location Quotient: 2.76
Total Jobs: 240
Average Annual Salary: $74,700
Average Entry Level Salary: $37,090
Average Experienced Salary: $121,210
Location Quotient: 0.58
Total Jobs: 430
Average Annual Salary: $71,370
Average Entry Level Salary: $45,720
Average Experienced Salary: $110,170
Location Quotient: 0.54
Total Jobs: 210
Average Annual Salary: $67,060
Average Entry Level Salary: $33,100
Average Experienced Salary: $103,650
Location Quotient: 0.72
Total Jobs: 580
Average Annual Salary: $64,350
Average Entry Level Salary: $34,480
Average Experienced Salary: $108,070
Location Quotient: 0.65
Total Jobs: 1,070
Average Annual Salary: $72,530
Average Entry Level Salary: $38,520
Average Experienced Salary: $130,890
Location Quotient: 2.82
Total Jobs: 360
Average Annual Salary: $58,380
Average Entry Level Salary: $33,730
Average Experienced Salary: $87,960
Location Quotient: 0.61
Total Jobs: 1,430
Average Annual Salary: $55,260
Average Entry Level Salary: $37,390
Average Experienced Salary: $78,680
Location Quotient: 1.6
Total Jobs: 130
Average Annual Salary: $65,090
Average Entry Level Salary: $41,640
Average Experienced Salary: $95,810
Location Quotient: 0.32
If you’re looking to start out your career as an animator these are the states that should be at the top of your list. You’ll find high pay, available jobs, and chances for career advancement.
If you’re curious, here are the worst states to be an animator in America:
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