Salary Guide: Multimedia Artists and Animators

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Multimedia Artists and Animators create visual effects for movies, commercials, music videos, and computer games. Nationwide there are over 25,000 Multimedia Artists and Animators who earn an average salary of $63,440.

Most Multimedia Artists and Animators hold bachelor’s degrees in fine arts and have specialty training in animation. Approximately 300 institutions are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.

Most Multimedia Artists and Animators hold bachelor’s degrees in fine arts and have specialty training in animation.

Find a Multimedia Artist/Animator program in your area or online.

Salaries by State (mean annual wage)

Alabama: $47,340
Alaska: $50,990
Arizona: $56,690
Arkansas: $60,780
California: $74,560
Colorado: $54,270
Connecticut: $62,410
District of Columbia: $62,670
Florida: $54,440
Georgia: $54,070
Hawaii: $51,310
Idaho: $51,600
Illinois: $59,310
Indiana: $46,420
Iowa: $56,660
Kansas: $41,190
Kentucky: $55,970
Louisiana: N/A
Maryland: $58,590
Massachusetts: $59,670
Michigan: $56,020
Minnesota: $51,160
Mississippi: $45,200
Missouri: $50,050
Nebraska: $40,440
Nevada: $55,060
New Hampshire: $61,760
New Jersey: $60,430
New York: $66,340
North Carolina: $56,490
Ohio: $57,230
Oklahoma: $49,870
Oregon: $62,690
Pennsylvania: $50,180
South Carolina: $45,970
South Dakota: $38,120
Tennessee: $52,090
Texas: $57,740
Utah: $52,370
Virginia: $57,430
Washington: $62,250
Wisconsin: $49,010

Salaries for the Top 20 Metro Areas (mean annual wage)

1. New York City: $68,090
2. Los Angeles: $76,920
3. Chicago: $62,850
4. Dallas – Forth Worth: $63,320
5. Philadelphia: $56,020
6. Houston: $56,300
7. Washington DC: $61,470
8. Miami: $58,780
9. Atlanta: $54,530
10. Boston: $60,940
11. San Francisco: $73,520
12. Detroit: $44,480
13. Riverside: $53,070
14. Phoenix: $64,080
15. Seattle: $62,600
16. Minneapolis: $53,300
17. San Diego: $60,060
18. St. Louis: $57,230
19. Tampa: $57,230
20. Baltimore: $56,570

  • All statistics calculated by the US Department of Labor, May 2010.
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