These Are The 10 Best States For Animators

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
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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:

  1. Texas
  2. Washington
  3. Louisiana
  4. Virginia
  5. Utah
  6. North Carolina
  7. Oregon
  8. Missouri
  9. Georgia
  10. Alabama

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:

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How we determined the best states to be an animator

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:

  • Availability of jobs
  • Higher Pay

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:

  • Location quotient. A measure of how common a job is a given state.
  • Average annual salary.
  • Average annual salary for entry level work.
  • Average annual salary for experienced professionals.

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.

1. Texas

Best States For Animators

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 1,720
Average Annual Salary: $70,990
Average Entry Level Salary: $41,850
Average Experienced Salary: $106,360
Location Quotient: 0.69

2. Washington

Best States For Animators

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 1,800
Average Annual Salary: $76,130
Average Entry Level Salary: $42,290
Average Experienced Salary: $112,070
Location Quotient: 2.76

3. Louisiana

Best States For Animators

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 240
Average Annual Salary: $74,700
Average Entry Level Salary: $37,090
Average Experienced Salary: $121,210
Location Quotient: 0.58

4. Virginia

Best States For Animators

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 430
Average Annual Salary: $71,370
Average Entry Level Salary: $45,720
Average Experienced Salary: $110,170
Location Quotient: 0.54

5. Utah

Best States For Animators

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 210
Average Annual Salary: $67,060
Average Entry Level Salary: $33,100
Average Experienced Salary: $103,650
Location Quotient: 0.72

6. North Carolina

Best States For Animators

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 580
Average Annual Salary: $64,350
Average Entry Level Salary: $34,480
Average Experienced Salary: $108,070
Location Quotient: 0.65

7. Oregon

Best States For Animators

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 1,070
Average Annual Salary: $72,530
Average Entry Level Salary: $38,520
Average Experienced Salary: $130,890
Location Quotient: 2.82

8. Missouri

Best States For Animators

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 360
Average Annual Salary: $58,380
Average Entry Level Salary: $33,730
Average Experienced Salary: $87,960
Location Quotient: 0.61

9. Georgia

Best States For Animators

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 1,430
Average Annual Salary: $55,260
Average Entry Level Salary: $37,390
Average Experienced Salary: $78,680
Location Quotient: 1.6

10. Alabama

Best States For Animators

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 130
Average Annual Salary: $65,090
Average Entry Level Salary: $41,640
Average Experienced Salary: $95,810
Location Quotient: 0.32

There You Have It – The Best States To Be An Animator

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:

  1. Hawaii
  2. Maine
  3. South Dakota

For more reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best States For animators

Rank State Average Salary Entry Level Salary # Of People
1 Texas $70,990 $41,850 1,720
2 Washington $76,130 $42,290 1,800
3 Louisiana $74,700 $37,090 240
4 Virginia $71,370 $45,720 430
5 Utah $67,060 $33,100 210
6 North Carolina $64,350 $34,480 580
7 Oregon $72,530 $38,520 1,070
8 Missouri $58,380 $33,730 360
9 Georgia $55,260 $37,390 1,430
10 Alabama $65,090 $41,640 130
11 Connecticut $78,870 $42,010 510
12 Nevada $62,680 $39,840 160
13 Illinois $63,830 $29,800 1,140
14 Kentucky $64,120 $30,060 140
15 New Mexico $62,860 $30,630 90
16 California $82,680 $42,240 10,910
17 Minnesota $60,060 $39,530 390
18 Michigan $56,880 $29,040 460
19 New Jersey $73,410 $45,610 340
20 Massachusetts $77,370 $43,340 1,050
21 Florida $56,200 $35,500 1,370
22 Colorado $61,150 $36,280 290
23 Pennsylvania $61,520 $31,420 500
24 Ohio $55,880 $35,760 420
25 Tennessee $53,030 $32,170 190
26 New York $73,310 $39,870 1,960
27 Arizona $56,410 $36,420 250
28 Kansas $52,170 $30,790 100
29 Indiana $52,810 $34,470 70
30 New Hampshire $64,440 $41,380 50
31 Wisconsin $53,340 $35,000 240
32 Iowa $51,800 $25,270 60
33 Oklahoma $51,160 $30,350 100
34 Nebraska $48,250 $29,200 90
35 Maryland $62,860 $36,650 290
36 Montana $46,560 $31,710 30
37 South Carolina $45,080 $17,110 190
38 Arkansas $44,680 $25,750 50
39 South Dakota $38,570 $26,960 40
40 Maine $51,100 $33,000 30
41 Hawaii $62,740 $36,260 40

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