Animator Salary in Long Beach, CA | Robert Half

Animator in Long Beach, CA

Animator Job Description

Animators breathe life and personality into characters, scenes and other animation elements used to tell stories in cartoons, films, video games, commercials, social media and more. These creative professionals create and sequence multiple images, referred to as “frames,” to give the illusion of movement. An animator might employ digital images, hand-drawn illustrations, models or other types of images and props to create special effects and other animations using computer-generated animation, 2D or 3D model-making, or stop-frame tools and techniques. Employers seek animators with a vivid imagination who are collaborative and receptive to feedback and can work diligently under pressure. Multimedia experience, including in emerging areas like virtual reality (VR), and video editing expertise are highly valued. A bachelor’s degree in computer animation, fine arts or graphic arts is often preferred for this role. Most employers will require candidates to provide a solid portfolio of relevant creative work, including hand-drawn character designs and animation clips.

Typical animator duties:

Creating character sketches, designing backgrounds and other elements, and developing storyboards for animation projectsReading through scripts, and brainstorming and conceptualizing compelling images to help tell stories in an engaging, memorable wayWorking closely with a wide range of team members throughout projects, including artists, story editors, photographers, designers, other animators, voice actors and producersEnsuring final deliverables are high quality and delivered on time and on budget

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Adobe Flash
Adobe Illustrator
Adobe Creative Cloud
SAN - Storage Area Network
Design controls?
Story Boarding
Salary for Animator in Long Beach, CA
76500 - 109500
25th percentile
New to the role, with little or no experience; requires more than casual instruction or supervision to perform day-to-day duties
50th percentile
Has the experience to consistently perform core responsibilities without direct supervision; very comfortable with processes and subject matter associated with the role
75th percentile
Value to the organization goes far beyond the ability to perform normal job duties; has rare qualifications that enable consistent contribution in unique ways; ready for next career level when available
Projected salaries for related positions Position title 25th percentile 50th percentile 75th percentile Art Director 95700 117300 138600 3D Animator 77700 91800 113100 3D Modeler 68100 84600 103800 Digital Artist 67200 83700 104700 Presentation Designer 70500 88200 101400 Graphic Designer 61200 79200 93600 Packaging Designer 64800 78600 96300 Illustrator/Infographics Designer 60900 73500 90000 Photo Retoucher 55500 72900 93600 Photographer 52500 69300 87000 Production Artist 62100 73200 81600 Production Coordinator 55800 60000 70800

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