How Much Do Animators Earn?

The Los Angeles animation industry has a trade union called The Animation Guild (TAG), also known as Local 839 IATSE. Every year their president, Kevin Koch and the Business Representative, Steve Hulett organize an earnings survey of their members salaries.
This year, the median wages (in US dollars) for a 40 hour week averaged : Directors (theatrical) $3,005. Directors (television) $2,400. Story Artists (feature) $2,250. Staff Writers $2,344. Production Board (television) $1,900. Visual Development $2,125. Background Layout/Design $1,800. Technical Directors $1,885. 3-D Animators $1,745
Here’s the link to the complete 2008 survey (Acrobat PDF File). In the UK the animation industry is represented by BECTU, whose own wages survey can be found on this page.
Update: The page has been pulled since this post but you can see a pdf here.2007 – 8 Bectu Union Rates for Animators


8 responses to “How Much Do Animators Earn?

  1. ya very nice what about INDIAN ANIMATION.

  2. Perhaps you could do some research into animators’ pay in India, and let us know your findings. It would be interesting to know.

  3. how much do people get paid in america

  4. how much do young animators get paid ?

    • If you desire to know how much entry-level animators get paid just go to Google and search occupational outlook handbook. Then go to the A’s list and find animators.

  5. Animators get paid fairly well in America, of course this current economic crisis may bring some set-backs, but animators can manage because there are various careers an animator can find refuge in.

  6. To get a job in animation where will I have to live. I live in Pennsylvania now but hope to move to New York.

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