Motion Artist Salary

The human finger coming out of the computer was digitally created.

Motion artists, sometimes called motion graphics artists, multimedia artists or motion artist videographers, create videos or animations of objects or beings in motion. Their work appears most often in digital media created for film, the Internet or television. Using computer software programs, motion artists bring into being animated two- and three-dimensional images. Their work is found in broadcast titles, commercial and Internet ads, as content for mobile devices, in movie trailers, music videos and video signage.

Indeed: Annual Salary Range, a large employment bulletin board site, said that as of June of 2011, the average motion artist salary was $72,000 per year while the average salary of a motion graphics designer was $64,000 per year. Indeed also reported in June 2011 that motion artist videographers earn $74,000 per year on average.

Glass Door: Annual Salary Ranges gives you an inside look at jobs and employers by compiling salary statistics that have been posted anonymously by employees and employers. According to Glass Door, as of April of 2011, the lowest salary on record for a motion graphic artist is $29,000 to $31,000 per year at Tokyo Pop. The highest salary on record was earned by the title graphic designer/motion graphic artist, which earns $125,000 to $138,000 per year. Three other positions filled the middle salary range. For a motion graphic artist: The Ant Farm pays $36,000 to $38,000 per year and Disney ABC Cable pays $60,000 to $64,000 per year. BCP pays $62,000 to $67,000 per year in salary plus bonuses, which means a total annual salary of $69,000 to $75,000.

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Glass Door: Hourly Salary

Only one employer posted hourly pay rates on Glass Door as of June 2011. Crawford Communications pays a 3D animator/motion graphic artist $32.00 to $34.00 per hour. Annualized, this position earns $64,000 to $69,000 per year. This position is located in Atlanta, Georgia, and creates film and video.

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Outlook Handbook for 2010 and 2011 states that the median annual wage for multimedia artists and animators is $56,330. The middle 50 percent earned within the $41,710 to $77,010 per year range. The lowest 10 percent earned below $31,570 per year and the highest 10 percent earned over $100,390 per year.

Sector Salary Differences

The BLS found that in the motion picture and video industry, median annual salaries were $65,600 per year. Those who work in advertising, however, earned a median annual salary of $52,530. So, it is safe to assume that the motion picture and video sector pays better, on average, than the advertising sector.