Visual Effect Salary | Visual Effects Artists Salary | Croner Company

For 17 years, the Croner Company has been the provider of the benchmark compensation survey for U.S. and Canada animation and visual effects companies. We are pleased to announce the survey launch to benchmark compensation for animation and visual effects jobs in Europe.

The Croner International Animation and Visual Effects Survey will gather competitive compensation information for industry-specific roles in companies that produce animated feature films or develop animation and/or visual effects for feature films, television, software games, live shows at venues and/or digital entertainment streaming. This is a supplement to the Croner Animation and Visual Effects Survey, focusing specifically on positions located in London and Paris.

View all jobs covered in the Survey:
2021 Croner International Animation Position Grids

Click on the red tabs below for more information about participating companies, data covered by the survey, survey schedule, confidentiality policy and cost — this first year of the survey is at no cost to the participating companies.


Prospective Participant Companies

Companies Invited to Participate:

Aardman Animation
Axis Studios
Blue Zoo
Framestore Animation Ltd.
ILM / Lucasfilm
Jellyfish Pictures
Locksmith Animation
Moving Picture Company (MPC)
Nexus Studios
One of Us
Outpost VFX
Partizan Studios
Passion Pictures
Studio AKA
The Mill
The Third Floor

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Blue Spirit Productions
BUF Compagnie
Cube Creative Computer Company
Digital District France
Dwarf Animation Studio
Folimage Animation
Fortiche Production
Frog Box
Gaumont Animation
Hari Studios
Illumination Mac Guff
Je Suis Bien Content
Mathematic Studio
Normaal Animation
Station Animation Studios
Studio La Cachette
Supamonks Studio
Superprod Animation
TAT Productions
Technicolor Animation Productions
Unit Image
Watch Next Media
Xilam Animation

Position Grids & Job Families Reported

To view a PDF of the complete list of positions by family and by level, please click here:
2021 Croner International Animation Position Grids

List of Job Families
The Survey will collect information on 45 positions across the following job family categories:

Visual Development
Production Design/ Character Design/ Art Direction
Character Animation
Shading / Texture Painting
Character Technical Direction/ Character FX
Generalist Technical Direction
Effects, Crowds
VFX Sup / CG Sup
Production Management
Post Production
Animated Feature Film Editing
Animatics Editing
Software Engineering

Position Data Collected and Reported

The Compensation Data Report covers the following compensation elements for each position:

  • Number of Incumbents Reported
  • Number of Companies with Match
  • Geographic Composition
  • Project Employee / Employment Contract / In Collective Bargaining Unit %
  • In-Office or Permanent Remote
  • STI Eligibility
  • STI Awards Received
  • STI Targets
  • LTI Eligibility
  • LTI Grant Target Value
  • LTI Awards Received
  • Base Salary
  • Target Total Cash Compensation
  • Actual Total Cash Compensation
  • Actual Cash Awards as % of Base Salary
  • Annualized NPV of LTI Awards
  • Total Direct Compensation

Survey Schedule

Survey Informational "Coffee":
29 October, 2021

Questionnaire Distribution:

Data Effective Date:
1 October

Report of Results Published:
January 2022

Report delivery date is dependent on the timing of the return of questionnaires by participating companies.

Participation Fees

Because this is a pilot Survey, there is no cost for you to participate. In return for your participation, you will receive a complimentary copy of the Survey results. We ask that you do not share the report with non-participating companies.

Contact Us

Andrew Achilleos, Account Manager, at
Tel: +0744 404 7966

Georges Golinsky, Account Manager,
Tel: +06 81 01 07 61


Since 1978, The Croner Company is a U.S.-based compensation consulting and survey firm with expertise in compensation surveys for domestic and international markets. In addition to its U.S. headquarters, The Croner Company has local representatives in the UK, France and India.

The Croner Company conducts this Survey as an independent third party to ensure the confidentiality and consistency of the data provided. All data are held in strict confidence and are reported only in summary form. No attribution is made to any specific data from any participating companies. All data published by The Croner Company adhere to the "Safe Harbor Guidelines" from the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, and The Croner Company complies with all applicable U.S. and international data protection laws, including the European Union "General Data Protection Regulation" (GDPR).

Survey reports are distributed only to participants and all participants are required to sign an agreement that confirms they will abide by our confidentiality standards. The report of results of this survey are for survey participants only and are not available for purchase by non-participants.