|Quick Facts: Special Effects Artists and Animators|
$77,700 per year
$37.36 per hour
|4% (As fast as average)|
Special effects artists and animators create images that appear to move and visual effects for various forms of media and entertainment.
Many artists and animators work in offices; others work from home.
Most special effects artists and animators need a bachelor’s degree in computer graphics, art, or a related field to develop both an impressive portfolio of work and the strong technical skills that many employers prefer.
The median annual wage for special effects artists and animators was $77,700 in May 2020.
Employment of special effects artists and animators is projected to grow 4 percent from 2019 to 2029, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Projected growth will be due to increased demand for animation and visual effects in video games, movies, and television.
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