How Much Does An Animator Make?

The characters and backgrounds of animated movies and video games would not have been possible without the work that animators do. They combine their creative skills and vivid imaginations with their technological abilities in operating computer software to make their drawings come alive. Many young people are entering the field not only because they love to draw but because animation is one of those occupations that pay really well.

Average Animator Annual Salary

$72,200

The average annual salary for animators is $72,200 a year. Salaries start at $38,520 a year and go up to $115,960 a year.

Average Animator Hourly Wage

$34.71

The average hourly wage for a animator is $34.71. Hourly wages were between $18.52 and $55.75 an hour.

Stats were based out of 29,810 employed animators in the United States.

Does Your Pay Depend On Your Experience?

Executive Animator

$115,960/year $55.75/hour

(Top 10% of Animators)


Senior Animator

$90,450/year $43.49/hour

(Top 25% of Animators)


Mid Level Animator

$65,300/year $31.40/hour

(Median)


Junior Animator

$49,320/year $23.71/hour

(Bottom 25% of Animators)


Entry Level Animator

$38,520/year $18.52/hour

(Bottom 10% of Animators)


Animator Average Salary Comparison

Art Directors
$101k / year
$48 / hour
Fashion Designers
$76k / year
$36 / hour
Multimedia Artists and Animators
$72k / year
$34 / hour
Commercial and Industrial Designers
$70k / year
$34 / hour
Artists and Related Workers, All Other
$64k / year
$31 / hour
Designers, All Other
$63k / year
$30 / hour
Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators
$57k / year
$27 / hour
Set and Exhibit Designers
$57k / year
$27 / hour
Interior Designers
$56k / year
$27 / hour
Graphic Designers
$52k / year
$25 / hour

Top 10 Highest Paying States For Animators

Top 10 Highest Paying Cities For Animators

Animator Salary By State

Rank State Hourly Rate Annual Salary
#1 California $39.75 $82,680
#2 Connecticut $37.92 $78,870
#3 Massachusetts $37.20 $77,370
#4 District of Columbia $36.79 $76,530
#5 Washington $36.60 $76,130
#6 Louisiana $35.91 $74,700
#7 New Jersey $35.29 $73,410
#8 New York $35.25 $73,310
#9 Oregon $34.87 $72,530
#10 Virginia $34.31 $71,370
#11 Texas $34.13 $70,990
#12 Utah $32.24 $67,060
#13 Alabama $31.29 $65,090
#14 New Hampshire $30.98 $64,440
#15 North Carolina $30.94 $64,350
#16 Kentucky $30.83 $64,120
#17 Illinois $30.69 $63,830
#18 New Mexico $30.22 $62,860
#19 Maryland $30.22 $62,860
#20 Hawaii $30.16 $62,740
#21 Nevada $30.13 $62,680
#22 Pennsylvania $29.58 $61,520
#23 Colorado $29.40 $61,150
#24 Minnesota $28.87 $60,060
#25 Missouri $28.07 $58,380
#26 Michigan $27.35 $56,880
#27 Arizona $27.12 $56,410
#28 Florida $27.02 $56,200
#29 Ohio $26.87 $55,880
#30 Georgia $26.57 $55,260
#31 Wisconsin $25.64 $53,340
#32 Tennessee $25.50 $53,030
#33 Indiana $25.39 $52,810
#34 Kansas $25.08 $52,170
#35 Iowa $24.90 $51,800
#36 Oklahoma $24.60 $51,160
#37 Maine $24.57 $51,100
#38 Nebraska $23.20 $48,250
#39 Montana $22.39 $46,560
#40 South Carolina $21.67 $45,080
#41 Arkansas $21.48 $44,680
#42 South Dakota $18.54 $38,570

Data provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

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