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Multimedia Artists and Animators Salary Information

The salary statistics of multimedia artists and animators are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of multimedia artists and animators within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The multimedia artists and animators annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1. Multimedia Artists and Animators Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$38,520
25th Percentile Wage
$49,320
50th Percentile Wage
$65,300
75th Percentile Wage
$90,450
90th Percentile Wage
$115,960

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for multimedia artists and animators. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) multimedia artists and animators is $115,960. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $65,300. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $38,520. It is noted that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 201% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of multimedia artists and animators from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201665,3002.04%6.02%
201563,9700.53%-
201463,630-1.32%-
201364,4704.81%-
201261,370--

Table 2. Multimedia Artists and Animators Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of multimedia artists and animators in 13 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for multimedia artists and animators occupations is the finance and insurance sector with an annual salary $79,300. The lowest paying sector is the health care and social assistance sector (annual salary $54,220).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Finance and Insurance
$79,300
Retail Trade
$69,330
Information
$68,850
Wholesale Trade
$68,160
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$66,950
Manufacturing
$65,220
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$64,400
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$63,820
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$63,000
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$61,220
Educational Services
$54,520
Federal, State, and Local Government
$54,510
Health Care and Social Assistance
$54,220

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Multimedia Artists and Animators by States

From the above tables we note that not only multimedia artists and animators salaries vary considerably based on one's education and experience, and the industry sectors, they also change considerably from state to state. In the following table we compare the median salary of multimedia artists and animators in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $34,100 to $80,260. The highest paying state for multimedia artists and animators is California with a median annual salary of $80,260. The lowest paying state is Mississippi with a median annual salary of $34,100. For more salary information of multimedia artists and animators profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
California
$80,260
Washington
$76,260
District of Columbia
$74,870
Massachusetts
$70,990
New Jersey
$69,450
Virginia
$68,120
Texas
$67,390
New York
$63,320
Louisiana
$62,280
Alabama
$62,100
Illinois
$61,400
Hawaii
$61,160
Oregon
$60,970
Utah
$60,310
Colorado
$60,210
Nevada
$60,120
Minnesota
$59,110
New Hampshire
$59,030
North Carolina
$58,820
Maryland
$56,920
Rhode Island
$56,730
Missouri
$56,620
Michigan
$54,090
Arizona
$53,790
Florida
$53,730
New Mexico
$53,580
Ohio
$53,260
Pennsylvania
$53,030
Indiana
$52,720
Georgia
$51,390
Wisconsin
$50,630
Oklahoma
$50,220
Tennessee
$49,430
Kansas
$48,300
Nebraska
$46,940
South Carolina
$46,280
Kentucky
$45,480
West Virginia
$43,560
Iowa
$39,360
South Dakota
$38,720
Puerto Rico
$37,210
Mississippi
$34,100



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