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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2019

27-1014 Special Effects Artists and Animators

Create special effects, animation, or other visual images using film, video, computers, or other electronic tools and media for use in products or creations, such as computer games, movies, music videos, and commercials.


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
29,340 4.2 % $40.76 $84,780 2.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $19.35 $26.63 $36.19 $49.68 $67.28
Annual Wage (2) $40,250 $55,390 $75,270 $103,330 $139,940


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Motion Picture and Video Industries 9,540 2.22 $48.51 $100,910
Software Publishers 4,430 1.03 $40.46 $84,150
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 3,510 0.16 $35.25 $73,320
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services 2,020 0.41 $35.83 $74,530
Specialized Design Services 1,370 0.94 $38.72 $80,530

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Motion Picture and Video Industries 9,540 2.22 $48.51 $100,910
Software Publishers 4,430 1.03 $40.46 $84,150
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 500 0.95 $41.67 $86,670
Specialized Design Services 1,370 0.94 $38.72 $80,530
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services 2,020 0.41 $35.83 $74,530

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Motion Picture and Video Industries 9,540 2.22 $48.51 $100,910
Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 220 0.03 $44.49 $92,530
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 150 0.03 $44.44 $92,440
Employment Services 580 0.02 $43.96 $91,430
Other Information Services 1,160 0.36 $43.61 $90,710


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.





States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 11,910 0.69 3.43 $48.40 $100,670
New York 2,600 0.27 1.37 $45.81 $95,280
Texas 2,320 0.19 0.94 $37.54 $78,070
Georgia 1,180 0.26 1.32 $28.70 $59,700
Washington 1,160 0.35 1.76 $43.65 $90,800




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 11,910 0.69 3.43 $48.40 $100,670
Washington 1,160 0.35 1.76 $43.65 $90,800
Oregon 590 0.31 1.54 $39.93 $83,050
New York 2,600 0.27 1.37 $45.81 $95,280
Georgia 1,180 0.26 1.32 $28.70 $59,700




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Connecticut 440 0.26 1.32 $50.85 $105,770
California 11,910 0.69 3.43 $48.40 $100,670
District of Columbia 100 0.14 0.69 $47.63 $99,080
New York 2,600 0.27 1.37 $45.81 $95,280
Washington 1,160 0.35 1.76 $43.65 $90,800





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 6,470 1.04 5.19 $50.96 $106,000
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 2,890 1.17 5.85 $46.91 $97,570
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 2,700 0.28 1.40 $45.62 $94,890
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 1,500 1.32 6.60 $45.27 $94,160
Austin-Round Rock, TX 1,430 1.33 6.65 $41.09 $85,460
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 1,110 0.41 2.03 $28.81 $59,930
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 1,090 0.54 2.71 $44.09 $91,700
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 580 0.16 0.79 $33.71 $70,120
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 540 0.19 0.97 $30.58 $63,600
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 540 0.45 2.25 $40.66 $84,560




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Austin-Round Rock, TX 1,430 1.33 6.65 $41.09 $85,460
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 1,500 1.32 6.60 $45.27 $94,160
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 2,890 1.17 5.85 $46.91 $97,570
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 6,470 1.04 5.19 $50.96 $106,000
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 330 0.80 4.00 $56.29 $117,080
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 1,090 0.54 2.71 $44.09 $91,700
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 540 0.45 2.25 $40.66 $84,560
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 1,110 0.41 2.03 $28.81 $59,930
Raleigh, NC 250 0.39 1.95 $34.40 $71,560
Boulder, CO 60 0.34 1.70 $37.81 $78,640




Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 330 0.80 4.00 $56.29 $117,080
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 6,470 1.04 5.19 $50.96 $106,000
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 2,890 1.17 5.85 $46.91 $97,570
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 2,700 0.28 1.40 $45.62 $94,890
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 1,500 1.32 6.60 $45.27 $94,160
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 1,090 0.54 2.71 $44.09 $91,700
Austin-Round Rock, TX 1,430 1.33 6.65 $41.09 $85,460
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 540 0.45 2.25 $40.66 $84,560
Trenton, NJ 50 0.19 0.96 $40.33 $83,890
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 80 0.17 0.83 $40.26 $83,740


About May 2019 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate--50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2019 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2020