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show user profile  9krausec
I am not asking you "Hey Jim, how much money do you make?" and I comprehend the fact that the more experience you have, the more you are probably going to make.

I have been searching on google for a while now to try and find the average hourly salary of a 3d artist (free lancer) and I have gotten mixed results. Does anyone have any information on what a two year experienced 3d artist should charge by the hour for 3d work, an estimate, an average, possibly in the Wisconsin area? Not looking for any specifics, just a round about average for what a rookie should charge for mediocre work. Thank you.

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8/17/2001 5:35:07 AM (last edit: 8/17/2001 5:35:07 AM)
show user profile  9krausec
bump (got sent to the back)

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5/7/2009 6:24:10 PM (last edit: 5/7/2009 6:24:10 PM)
show user profile  parkerfamily
idk, but i remember some thing where after 4 years of actual industry experience (so not counting un-employment) the average was 160k a year.
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5/7/2009 7:48:42 PM (last edit: 5/7/2009 7:48:42 PM)
show user profile  killerbee2
Dr. Jim has to pay in order to get a job uberhaupt.

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5/7/2009 8:49:27 PM (last edit: 5/7/2009 8:49:27 PM)
show user profile  toldaddy

I don't think you'll really find much of a calculator for freelance work.. I think it's safe to say a crappy 3d freelancer could charge $20/hour and a fantastic freelancer could charge $150/hour+. There's just too many variables involved in the freelance world to say.

My advice would be to keep your rates pretty freakin' low at first so you can learn the ropes of dealing with clients without overwhelming accountability. As you become more confident with freelancing you'll feel more and more comfortable charging that extra $2-$5 (or whatever) an hour.

That's just me talkin'. Someone might have better advice for you.

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5/7/2009 8:53:33 PM (last edit: 5/7/2009 8:53:33 PM)
show user profile  Bolteon


no. unless that's freelance, in which case it's feasible but employment is usually only for 3-6 months.

general rates in LA:

-entry level: 45-60k
-mid level: 75-85k
-senior 95-105k
-supervisor is 115-125k
-vfx supervisor 135-150k

those are salaries, and very general numbers so take them with a grain of salt...

take those numbers and divide by 20 to get an ~ hourly rate. the rate of someone doing freelance is usually 1.5x to 2x their usual salary rate.

-Marko Mandaric

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5/7/2009 9:04:43 PM (last edit: 5/7/2009 9:07:09 PM)
show user profile  Cylon
I've got a friend who does compositing. He's just started a new job in another city, but the company he works for are charging £400 per day for CGI work.
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5/7/2009 9:08:42 PM (last edit: 5/7/2009 9:08:42 PM)
show user profile  Bolteon
rates that companies charge are a whole different ball park...

anyone know the going rate a company charges for a flame artist? it's rediculous.


worse yet, a colorist?

-Marko Mandaric

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5/7/2009 9:10:57 PM (last edit: 5/7/2009 9:11:35 PM)
show user profile  9krausec
well I guess I am giving the company I am working for now a kick ass deal.. 15 dollars per hour... Not bad work, not amazing work, but probably worth more than 15 an hour, but good experience and it will get my foot in the door (I am graduating high school this year so it is a good head start for me) thanks for the replys..

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5/7/2009 9:14:59 PM (last edit: 5/7/2009 9:14:59 PM)
show user profile  Bolteon
keep in mind that an entry level artist in LA is expected alot more of then someone in lets say, alabama.

it's a different ball game out here; no screwing around when there's this much money floating around.

-Marko Mandaric

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5/7/2009 9:16:13 PM (last edit: 5/7/2009 9:16:13 PM)
show user profile  parkerfamily
god i just watched the scrubs finally and i keep seeing dr cox reading bolt's posts.... he says ballgame a lot too. and btw, does anybody know the average for a working american in general per hour? i'm trying to figure out just how amazing 150/hr is.
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5/7/2009 10:34:40 PM (last edit: 5/7/2009 10:34:40 PM)
show user profile  Bobbyboy
I don't know what the american average is, but im a regular warehouse / forklift driver in australia and earn under 20$ an hour, that would probably be around $11 US....... so $150... not too shabby =P

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5/7/2009 10:52:26 PM (last edit: 5/7/2009 10:52:26 PM)
show user profile  reeves1984
Bolt is right, be a flame artist (or be a studio and charge for its use)

Simon Reeves - VFX Artist & Blog
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5/8/2009 4:00:53 AM (last edit: 5/8/2009 4:00:53 AM)
show user profile  Dave
When you say:

" a two year experienced 3d artist"

.. do you mean, "someone who's been learning 3d for two years"? In my eyes, you can't be experienced without the experience. I think I was dabbling with 3d for about 6 years before I landed my first proper job as an artist

*checks C.V*

Ah yus, "Over 6 years of 3D modelling experience" .. what I didn't say, was "Over 6 years experienced 3d artist"... because technically, that would be lying. I'm coming up to my 7th year(possibly already past it) now, but I've only had about 7/8 months of actual experience being a 3d artist.

I'm proud of the fact that I can now call myself a 3d artist, I've got something to prove it! Back in my uni days I may have been on a very similar skill level, but I was technically still 'studying' to be an artist.

Fair enough you've got a freelance gig, that's good and everyone has to start somewhere, but until you start going from one gig to another, i'd be a little cautious with your wording.

Best of luck!

"I flew over Egypt once"

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5/8/2009 4:44:32 AM (last edit: 5/8/2009 4:44:32 AM)
show user profile  jonnybravo_87
i'm beying payed peanuts compared to you guys.....under 5$/hour...and i think that for what i do(mostly vray archviz) i'm at least an above average artist when compared with the stuff i see on the web and i also have about 2 years of actually working in the industry. I live in romania though and my salary is concidered about average pay by our countries standards. The problem is that there aren't a lot of 3d studios around ( i work at the only one in my city) and i can't relocate since i'm still a student. The good part is that nobody counts my hours at work and i can come and go as a please(this works as long as i don't abuse it) and to my knowlege no one in the 3d department is payed more than i am(pretty sure about that). That's just a relief for my ego....doesn't really do me any good otherwise. I should really look in to freelancing. White Death

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5/8/2009 4:52:48 AM (last edit: 5/8/2009 5:23:45 AM)
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