... (The unabridged version).
There have been complaints in the lower thread about some of the salary numbers of the survey; allow me to expand on them and our process a bit ...
First off. There's been some skepticism about some of the listed wages. Speaking from anecdotal evidence I've picked up at the studios, the salary rates reflect what I hear many people are making. (One animator commented that the wages in the survey were no higher than the salary he was making in the 1990s. That's probably accurate. Animators in the '90s were making historically high levels of pay.)
We've been mailing survey forms out for a dozen years, changing questions and formats based on feedback. When we started the TAG survey, we got fairly high response rates. (We would have liked it to be even higher, but then we always want more data.) But over the years we've noticed a trend. Year by year, the response percentages have declined, usually something around 2% a year. This year, we had a total of 690 survey forms (22.9% of the total sent out. Last year, the percentage was 25%.)
Happily, some categories have seen pretty good returns, while other classifications have minimal data and are only marginally worth reporting. (We kept the pipeline open and encouraged people to return survey forms. Some folks did. Others said "I like to keep the wages I make to myself, even on an anonymous form." Still others didn't think it was all that important.)
My position is that the information is both important and useful, but that's me. Companies have plenty of wage information, it's only right to level the playing field a bit. However, we live in Freedom's Land, and people can do what they want. They choose to throw survey forms in the trash, nobody can stop them.
But enough of that. Without further ado, click here for the full and complete 2010 TAG Wage Survey.