Every year, we drill down into wages paid in the animation industry by polling Animation Guild membership. We ask 1) what folks have been paid, 2) they answer, and 3) we compile results publically so that interested parties can get a feel for what the "going rate" in various job categories might be.
(No wage suppression going on here, boss! Just wage knowledge!)
This year, we got a survey form return rate of 33%, considerably higher than last year's total (26%) or the percentage from the year before that (24%). The highest response rates were
Story Art -- 36%
Layout Background -- 34%
Design/Color -- 35%
Some of the highlights: ...
Selected Wage Categories
Staff Story Editors (weekly): Low - $1640; High - $4,000; median - $2,531
Staff feature writers (weekly): low -- $1499.60; high - $7,558.82; median - $2,800
Staff TV writers (weekly): low - $1100; high - $3000; median - $2000
Feature Directors (home video, theatrical; weekly): low - $1973.19; high - $9,615.39; median - $3,800
TV directors (weekly): low - $1,406.25; high - $4,600; median - $2,475
Timing Directors (weekly): low - $1,375; high - $3,100; median - $1,824.43
Retake Directors (weekly): low - $1,707.38; high - $3,100; median - $2,593.75
Feature Storyboard artists (weekly): low - $1,400; high - $3,789; median - $2100
TV Production Board artists (weekly): low - $1,238.16; high - $3,307.50; median - $2000
Character layout (weekly): low - $1,312.50; high - $2,526.32; median - $1,886.40
Background layout (weekly): low - $1,175; high- $4,200; median - $1,909.40
Art Directors (weekly): low - $1,187.50; high - $2,909.09; median - $2,363.64
Production Designers (weekly): low - $2,125; high - $5,250; median - $2,330.47
3D Animators (weekly): low - $1,200; high - $3,100; median - $1968
Effects animators (weekly): low - $1,346.15; high - $2,850; median - $2,018.10
You can find the complete Animation Guild wage survey here.
Please note: The survey encompassed members working both union and non-union animation jobs in Los Angeles. Also note: It includes new media production, where rates are sometimes lower than traditional media.
The weekly wages shown above and at the link are based on 40 hours. Smaller samples have larger variances year to year, and larger samples have smaller differences.
Add On: Deadline does its own analysis of TAG's latest wage survey.
he Animation Guild’s 2014 wage survey is in, and it shows salaries for animators holding fairly steady this year compared with last year. But the reported median weekly pay for some jobs — most notably staff animation_guild_logoTV writers, feature storyboard artists, and staff story editors — is down from salaries reported five years ago. The median weekly pay reported by feature animation directors is up compared with 2013 and 24% higher than in 2010. Meanwhile, overall employment at the guild, IATSE Local 839, is at an all-time high. About a third of the guild’s 3,200 members took part in this year’s survey, up from 26% last year. ...