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How Much Does an Animator Earn In The United States?

Animator Salaries
Updated December 31, 2020
Average Yearly Salary
$80,000
$48,000
$80,000
$134,000
Did you know that the average animator makes $80,617 per year? That's valued at $38.76 per hour! The range surrounding that average can vary between $48,000 and $134,000, meaning animators have the opportunity to earn more once they move past entry-level roles. Most animators find a job with technology and media companies, while others work for technology, retail, and manufacturing companies to make more money. Those aren't the only places you can earn a higher paycheck. Rhode Island, Connecticut and New Hampshire are the top states in the U.S. to pay animators the highest salaries.
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Where Animators Earn The Most

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

Average Salary

How Much Do Animators Earn In Different Cities?

While an animator can average a salary of $80,617 per year, or $38.76 per hour, there are many opportunities for animators to make more. For example, in Greenwich, CT you might make $116,482 per year. Other high-paying locations include Seattle, WA, Novato, CA and New York, NY. If you're in an entry-level position, your best bet is to move to Greenwich, CT where the average starting salary is $64,000. The highest paying states for animators include Rhode Island, Connecticut and New Hampshire. Meanwhile, South Carolina, Kentucky, and Missouri offer the lowest salaries.
Location
City
Average Salary

Greenwich, CT

Salary Range85k - 159k$116k$116,482

Seattle, WA

Salary Range80k - 135k$105k$104,515

Novato, CA

Salary Range73k - 128k$97k$97,360

New York, NY

Salary Range59k - 110k$81k$81,183

Cary, NC

Salary Range56k - 103k$76k$76,289

Baltimore, MD

Salary Range55k - 101k$75k$75,101

Houston, TX

Salary Range55k - 99k$74k$74,008

Fort Lee, NJ

Salary Range54k - 100k$74k$73,970

Hillsboro, OR

Salary Range56k - 94k$73k$73,118

Boston, MA

Salary Range51k - 96k$70k$70,361
$40k
$159k

High Paying Animator Jobs

Which Companies Pay Animators The Most?

If you want to get paid the most as an animator, being employed by a company such as Microsoft or Take-Two Interactive Software would be a smart choice, as they are the highest paying companies in this field. Additionally, companies like The Robot Company and Visual Concepts Entertainment also report highly competitive salaries for animators.
Company
Company
Average Salary
Microsoft
Salary Range152k - 192k$171k$171,201
Take-Two Interactive Software
Salary Range106k - 128k$117k$117,040
The Robot Company
Salary Range94k - 142k$116k$116,184
Visual Concepts Entertainment
Salary Range95k - 137k$115k$114,635
Mayo Clinic
Salary Range92k - 125k$108k$107,911
ZeniMax Media
Salary Range88k - 126k$106k$105,739
Epic Systems
Salary Range92k - 120k$106k$105,692
The Walt Disney Company
Salary Range82k - 130k$104k$103,723
WildBrain
Salary Range80k - 126k$101k$101,086
Cognizant
Salary Range78k - 130k$101k$101,026
$73k
$192k

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    How Much Do Animators Make In Different Industries?

    Animator salaries can vary on many factors, including what industry a job is in. In fact, jobs with technology, retail, and manufacturing companies tend to be the highest paying. Furthermore, an animator can make a yearly salary of $100,265 while working for technology companies. All the while, other animators are making $99,966 at retail companies and $96,899 at manufacturing companies. One industry animators may want to avoid is the hospitality industry as it offers the lowest average salary at $70,719.
    Industry
    Average Salary

    Technology

    Salary Range83k - 120k$100k$100,265

    Retail

    Salary Range82k - 121k$100k$99,966

    Manufacturing

    Salary Range80k - 116k$97k$96,899

    Media

    Salary Range74k - 114k$92k$92,001

    Hospitality

    Salary Range52k - 96k$71k$70,719
    $52k
    $121k

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    CompanyJobLocationDate AddedSalary
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    $58,436
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    Kirkland, WA
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    $60,000
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    01/15/2020
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    $60,523
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    Rochester, MN
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    09/28/2019
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    $126,264
    $126,264
    09/28/2019
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    San Diego, CA
    San Diego, CA
    09/25/2019
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    $77,866
    $77,866
    09/25/2019
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    Redmond, WA
    Redmond, WA
    08/29/2019
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    $62,610
    $62,610
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    Animator
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    Chicago, IL
    Chicago, IL
    08/28/2019
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    $69,393
    $69,393
    08/28/2019