|Quick Facts: Special Effects Artists and Animators|
$78,790 per year
$37.88 per hour
|16% (Much faster than 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.
Special effects artists and animators typically need a bachelor’s degree in computer graphics, art, or a related field to develop both a portfolio of work and the technical skills that many employers prefer.
The median annual wage for special effects artists and animators was $78,790 in May 2021.
Employment of special effects artists and animators is projected to grow 16 percent from 2020 to 2030, much faster than the average for all occupations.
About 7,800 openings for special effects artists and animators are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.
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