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Hey guys,

 

Just wondering what's the average salary for a Mid Level Designer / Animator, let's say in the NY area? (and maybe senior level)

Do any of you guys find that staying at one studio offers a better chance at pay increase rather than hoping from studio to studio?

Just somewhat curious. Thanks.

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Hey guys,

 

Just wondering what's the average salary for a Mid Level Designer / Animator, let's say in the NY area? (and maybe senior level)

Do any of you guys find that staying at one studio offers a better chance at pay increase rather than hoping from studio to studio?

Just somewhat curious. Thanks.

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Hey guys,

 

Just wondering what's the average salary for a Mid Level Designer / Animator, let's say in the NY area? (and maybe senior level)

Do any of you guys find that staying at one studio offers a better chance at pay increase rather than hoping from studio to studio?

Just somewhat curious. Thanks.

 

http://www.indeed.com/salary/q-Motion-Graphic-Designer-l-New-York,-NY.html

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If you're a freelancer in the NY area, here are the typical day rates from the people I've talked to.

 

Beginner: 400-500/day

Mid-Level: 450-600/day

High-Level: 550-750/day

 

I'm not sure about full-time, but I"m willing to bet it follows that freelance model - 50-60, then 60-90, then 85-low 6 figures.

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Yeah I saw that PDF awhile ago. But cudnt find it again thanks.

I saw somewhere that jumps in pay come from switching companies rather than staying at one place? Anybody have any input on this?

 

@DaveGlanz :-/ those freelance rates seem high especially for a beginner. I know flame artist call that much but designer/animator idk man. Even salary seems high for an entry level. Idk any company giving 50-60k for entry level.

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@DaveGlanz :-/ those freelance rates seem high especially for a beginner. I know flame artist call that much but designer/animator idk man. Even salary seems high for an entry level. Idk any company giving 50-60k for entry level.

 

Just telling you what I've heard and experienced in the years I've been doing this.

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Just telling you what I've heard and experienced in the years I've been doing this.

 

Yeah, its not too crazy, especially when you're working in a large city where living expenses are high, it affects hourly/day rates as well.

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If you're a freelancer in the NY area, here are the typical day rates from the people I've talked to.

 

Beginner: 400-500/day

Mid-Level: 450-600/day

High-Level: 550-750/day

 

I'm not sure about full-time, but I"m willing to bet it follows that freelance model - 50-60, then 60-90, then 85-low 6 figures.

 

This is a great answer. Seriously.

 

On a completely different topic, I also checked out your web-site and I have to say, I like your work, Dave.

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This is a great answer. Seriously.

 

On a completely different topic, I also checked out your web-site and I have to say, I like your work, Dave.

 

Most People answer the salary question in a more cryptic way- I'm all for specifics. That said, salary and rates definitely depend on where you work.

 

And thanks for the kind words :)

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I can't recall exactly what the census said.. but studios got the bright idea after it came out that they could hire multiple mid-level people for $50k (in nyc). Just say no to getting low balled. If you're a n00b though.. Take what you can get to build up that reel a bit and then make note of what the standard rates are so you're not underselling yourself down the road.

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I can't recall exactly what the census said.. but studios got the bright idea after it came out that they could hire multiple mid-level people for $50k (in nyc). Just say no to getting low balled. If you're a n00b though.. Take what you can get to build up that reel a bit and then make note of what the standard rates are so you're not underselling yourself down the road.

 

That soooo does not surprise me.

 

I have enough stories to bitch all day about being low balled if I didn't have better things to do. Or rather, attempts to low ball me.

 

When I was a noob I had a place in LA offer me a staff job for 35k, so the 50k in present day NYC, for mid level people, does not surprise me in the least.

 

What a bunch of assholes.

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When I was a noob I had a place in LA offer me a staff job for 35k, so the 50k in present day NYC, for mid level people, does not surprise me in the least.

 

What a bunch of assholes.

 

 

To be fair, it's within a business' best interests to pay new people as low a salary as possible, not only to make a profit for themselves, but to ensure that they have funds to cover overhead when things are slow.

 

That said, if you find a place that's offering a salary much lower than is reasonable to live in a big town, you should be looking elsewhere. Talented designers will be able to find work for a decent income (in the right place, I suppose). The people taking those low salary positions will either leave quickly or end up doing work that no one else wants to do.

 

 

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I just think its funny that a studio that pays normal freelance rates would suddenly think that they were over paying by misconstruing the mograph census and think they could actually get 2-3 mid level people for such a low salary. Low-balling is common in business for sure.. Guess I can't hate em' for trying though.

 

That said, if you find a place that's offering a salary much lower than is reasonable to live in a big town, you should be looking elsewhere. Talented designers will be able to find work for a decent income (in the right place, I suppose). The people taking those low salary positions will either leave quickly or end up doing work that no one else wants to do.

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