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Working As A Special Effects Artist

  • Getting Information
  • Thinking Creatively
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
  • Stressful

  • $79,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Special Effects Artist Do At Microsoft Corporation

* Create all types of photorealistic, high quality effects for environments and dynamic objects.
* Innovate current effect techniques to push beyond modern game development methods.
* Effectively communicate new feature requests to the technical artists and engineers.
* Work directly with the FX Lead and Art Director to ensure the visual quality bar is met.
* Self-driven and passionate about effects development.
* Concept and prototype new effects.
* Develop creative effect ideas for environments and objects.
* Work closely with environment artists, animators, designers, and engineers to produce the best game experience possible.
* Collaborate with other FX artists to share techniques, assets and ideas.
* Optimize effects to run efficiently within the game while maintaining high quality standards

What Does A Special Effects Artist Do At MGM Resorts International

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Average Yearly Salary
$79,000
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$37,000
Min 10%
$79,000
Median 50%
$79,000
Median 50%
$79,000
Median 50%
$79,000
Median 50%
$79,000
Median 50%
$79,000
Median 50%
$79,000
Median 50%
$169,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
DreamWorks Animation
Highest Paying City
Redwood City, CA
Highest Paying State
North Dakota
Avg Experience Level
2.5 years
How much does a Special Effects Artist make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Special Effects Artist in the United States is $79,489 per year or $38 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $37,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $170,000.

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Top Skills for A Special Effects Artist

  1. Special Effects
  2. Effects Make-Up
  3. Make-Up Application
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Managed special effects shots, production staff and was the video editor for three 5-minute episodes for SuperDeluxe.com.
  • Create and assemble specific (pro) makeup looks every night for the Halloween season in a fast and professional manner.
  • Created Environment effects like Dust/Fire/Rain/Explosion etc - Scripted and Animated Environments events/FX.
  • Created Effects for Cinematics - Created animated debris using Maya dynamics.
  • Record needed sounds, or obtain them from sound effects libraries.

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Top 10 Best States for Special Effects Artists

  1. California
  2. District of Columbia
  3. Florida
  4. Georgia
  5. New Mexico
  6. Washington
  7. Tennessee
  8. New York
  9. Colorado
  10. Montana
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Special Effects Artist Demographics

Gender

Male

46.7%

Female

40.1%

Unknown

13.2%
Ethnicity

White

59.1%

Hispanic or Latino

18.6%

Black or African American

10.7%

Asian

7.6%

Unknown

4.0%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

25.0%

Finnish

25.0%

French

25.0%

Italian

25.0%
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Special Effects Artist Education

Schools

Douglas Education Center

10.8%

School of Visual Arts

10.8%

Savannah College of Art and Design

9.5%

Fashion Institute of Technology

6.8%

The Academy

6.8%

Art Institute of California - Inland

5.4%

Art Institute of Pittsburgh

5.4%

California Institute of the Arts

5.4%

University of North Texas

4.1%

University of Phoenix

4.1%

University of Southern Mississippi

4.1%

Valencia College

4.1%

Make-up Designory

4.1%

Joe Blasco Makeup Artist Training Center

2.7%

Academy of Art University

2.7%

Ringling College of Art and Design

2.7%

University of California - San Diego

2.7%

San Antonio College

2.7%

Parsons the New School for Design

2.7%

Full Sail University

2.7%
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Majors

Fine Arts

15.5%

Graphic Design

12.9%

Animation

12.4%

Photography

12.4%

Business

6.7%

Cosmetology

6.2%

Communication

4.6%

Digital Media

3.6%

Computer Applications

3.6%

Design And Visual Communication

3.1%

Computer Science

3.1%

Theatre

2.6%

Visual And Performing Arts

2.1%

Liberal Arts

2.1%

Management

1.5%

Psychology

1.5%

Entertainment Business

1.5%

Medical Technician

1.5%

Marketing

1.5%

Architecture

1.5%
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Degrees

Bachelors

48.2%

Other

21.5%

Associate

15.8%

Masters

8.1%

Certificate

3.2%

Diploma

2.0%

License

1.2%
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