Animator Statistics in the US

The average employee age for animators is 41 years. The animator workforce reached a whopping 7,091 in 2020!

Among animators, we discovered that 26.0% of them are women, while 65.0% are men. The most common race/ethnicity among animators is White, which makes up 72.7% of all animators. Comparatively, there are 11.8% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity and 8.4% of the Asian ethnicity. Animators are also more likely to work at private companies in comparison to public companies. Taking it a step further, animators are more likely to find a job in the technology industry.

From where do we know all information about animator demographics? We analyzed 4,869 animators resumes to find out what the average demographics are for the job position. Just to be clear, by demographics we mean the study of population-based factors like age, race, and sex. On top of scouring through resumes, we also took note of job proposals from employers and Census Bureau data. And guess what? We found some pretty interesting information.

Animator Diversity

From race to gender and even age, we found the average demographic information on those who work as animators. Keep reading to find out what the results for animators were.

Animator Ethnic Breakdown

The most common ethnicity among animators is White, which makes up 72.7% of all animators. Comparatively, there are 11.8% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity and 8.4% of the Asian ethnicity.

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  • White, 72.7%
  • Hispanic or Latino, 11.8%
  • Asian, 8.4%
  • Black or African American, 3.4%
  • Unknown, 2.5%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native, 1.2%

Foreign Languages Spoken By Animators

The chart below shows that 35.3% of animators speak Spanish. The second-most popular foreign language spoken is French at 14.0% and Japanese is the third-most popular at 8.1%.

Job Title
  • Spanish, 35.3%
  • French, 14.0%
  • Japanese, 8.1%
  • Chinese, 6.6%
  • German, 5.9%
  • Other, 30.1%

Most Common Degree for Animator

We assessed our data to determine the typical level of education for animators. The most common degree for animators is bachelor's degree. In fact, 69% of animators earn that degree. A close second is master's degree with 13% and rounding it off is associate degree with 8%.

Job Title
  • Bachelors degree, 69%
  • Associate degree, 12%
  • Certificate degree, 8%
  • Masters degree, 7%
  • Other Degrees, 4%

Animator Race And Ethnicity Over Time

Using the Census Bureau data, we found out how the percentage of each ethnic category trended between 2008-2018 among animators.

  • White
  • Asian
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • Black or African American

Animator Gender Over Time

This data shows how men and women predominate in the animator position over time.

Male
Female
57%
54%
51%
49%
46%
43%
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018

Animator Unemployment Rate Over Time

The Bureau of Labor Statistics came in clutch when it came down to figuring out how the unemployment rate has changed over time. Between 2008 and 2018, this is how the number of animators changed.

  • Unemployment rate

Age Based On Ethnicity And Gender

We determined the average age of animators based on ethnicity and gender.

Male
Female

Number Of Years On The Job For Animator

By looking over 4,869 animators resumes, we figured out that the average animator enjoys staying at their job for Less than 1 year for a percentage of 46%.

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Less than one year

1-2 years

3-4 years

5-7 years

8-10 years

11+ years

Animator Age Breakdown

This chart breaks down the ages of animator employees. Interestingly enough, the average age of animators is 40+ years old, which represents 51% of the population.

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20-30 years

30-40 years

40+ years

Comparing The Gender Ratio of Animators with Other Job Titles

We compared this job title with other job titles to see how gender percentages varied. As you can see, senior industrial designer and level designer have the biggest difference in gender.

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Job Titleascdesc
Maleasc
Femaleascdesc
Fiber Artist11%82%
Floral Designer12%84%
Floral Manager13%83%
Animator65%26%
Exhibit Builder81%12%
Level Designer82%13%
Senior Industrial Designer83%9%
Male
Female
100%
75%
50%
25%
0%
Senior Industrial Designer
Level Designer
Exhibit Builder
Animator
Floral Manager
Floral Designer
Fiber Artist
0%
25%
50%
75%
100%

Comparing The LGBT Ratio of Animators with Other Job Titles

After finding the gender ratio, we wondered if the percentages of LGBT persons were different as well. Using the data below, you can see how other job titles compare to animators.

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Job Titleascdesc
LGBTasc
Coach11.50%
Actress16.44%
Dancer20.85%
Head Graphic Designer27.16%
Animator28.86%
Associate Program Director35.05%
Medium37.57%

How Much Do Women Make Compared To Man As Animator?

male-income
Male Income
$89,302
female-income
Female Income
$81,267

Animator Income By Gender And Race/Ethnicity

We found interesting that Asian men and Hispanic or Latino men make more money compared to others.

  • Male
  • Female
$103,767
$97,589
$91,410
$85,231
$79,052
$72,873
$66,694
Asian
Black or African American
Hispanic or Latino
White

Animator Income By Race/Ethnicity And Education

This chart shows the impact that education has on the income level of different ethnicities.

All Race and Ethnicity
Educationascdesc
Incomeasc
High School Diploma or Less$76,211
Some College/ Associate Degree$91,778
Master's Degree$94,854
Bachelor's Degree$97,589

Animator Income By Race/Ethnicity And Education

This chart shows the impact that education has on the income level of different ethnicities.

  • Asian
  • Black or African American
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • White
$106,352
$97,589
$88,825
$80,062
$71,299
$62,536
$53,773
High School Diploma or Less
Some College/ Associate Degree
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree

Animator Heatmaps

Where Do Animators Earn The Most?

The map here shows where animators earn the highest salaries in the U.S. The darker areas across the 50 states highlight the highest salaries.

Average Salary

Where Are Animators Located?

By looking through more than 4,869 resumes, we found that the most popular places for animators are NY, New York and CA, Los Angeles.

Number of Animators

Animator Employment Statistics

This section highlights the information we gathered about the types of businesses and industries that employ animators. We found that the most common company type is private. In addition, the industry that employs the most animators is the technology industry.

Company Size

We created this chart to show you the average size of companies that typically hire animators.

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< 50 employees

50 - 100 employees

100 - 500 employees

500 - 1,000 employees

1,000 - 10,000 employees

> 10,000

The Types Of Companies Animator Work In

Employees with the animator job title have their preferences when it comes to working for a company. For instance, most animators prefer to work at private companies over public companies.

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Private

Public

Government

Education

Industry Concentration

Just based on the number of employees within each industry, we were able to determine the most common industries that employ animators. Those industries include technology, media and hospitality.

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Technology

Media

Hospitality

Start-up

Fortune 500

Animator Jobs