We have now finished tabulating the 2015 wage survey, the complete breakdowns and totals for which you will find here.
2015 Median Wage Rates
TV Directors -- $2,414.06
Feature Board Artists -- $2,227.27
TV Production Board Artists -- $2,000
Character Layout Artists -- $1,900
Rough Layout Artists -- $2,250
Previs Artists -- $2,273.68
Art Directors -- $2,312.50
Visual Development Artists -- $1,981.82
Production Designers -- $2,235.31
Tech Directors -- $1,932.63
3D Animators -- $2,021.05
Although we received the highest number of returned survey reports (1,293) that we've ever had, the percentage total was lower than last year. (2015=30%; 2014=33%).
Reason for the divergence of numbers? This year,we sent out a thousand more survey questionnaires.
From last year's survey to this year's survey, 34% of the categories were down, while 66% of the categories were up.
And if you're wondering why some reported wages are below listed journey minimums, it's because
1) Some non-signator studio rates are included in the mix.
2) The listed minimums are journey rates, and some reported wages are for lower-tier minimums ("first six months", "second six months", etc.)
But the above wages will give you a pretty good snapshot in time about what's going on with pay levels at Los Angeles animation studios.