Animator Salary Survey

Visual Effects Artists Salary Survey

The Croner Animation and Visual Effects Survey is the benchmark compensation survey of the animation and visual effects industry. The Croner Survey provides up-to-date competitive compensation information about positions in companies that produce animated feature films or develop animation and/or visual effects for feature films, television, software games, digital and streamed entertainment.

The Survey has served as the benchmark resource for compensation professionals in the Animation and Visual Effects industries since its inception in 1994.

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World-Class Participants

In 2023, 21 companies participated in this Croner Survey, reporting on 116 unique jobs in the U.S. and 29 unique jobs in Canada. In addition, 50 roll-up positions – by organization level or job function – are reported in the U.S. and 23 in Canada.

These companies use the Survey data to understand current market trends and salary differentials to benchmark compensation; establish job architecture, rational pay levels and pay structures; and make informed decisions about bonus plans and equity plans. The results include comprehensive data for animation salaries and visual effects salaries.

Valuable Data for Critical Decisions

Participant companies use our Survey results to understand salary differentials, benchmark sector-specific compensation, establish rational pay levels and pay structures and make well-informed decisions about their competitive bonus plans and equity plans.

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Position Data Query
  • Croner Animation and Visual Effects Survey participation includes access to Croner’s Position Data Query on our survey web portal.
  • This interactive tool allows users to select a position along with cuts of the data, and then a printer-friendly page of selected results will be immediately available.

  • CLICK HERE to view a sample of the Position Data Query, including the types of cuts available by position and the presentation format.

Significant Features

Of the Croner Animation and Visual Effects Survey
  • Participants include both leading and emerging companies

  • Compensation Data Report covers full range of industry-specific jobs at all organization levels

  • Regional and specialty data cuts for applicable positions

  • Tools for Analysis include Paired Comparison and Titles Matched reports

  • Our survey web portal allows for secure data transfer and custom presentation-ready position reports

  • Policies and Practices report covers short-term and long-term incentive plans and amenities offered

  • Annual Survey Planning Meeting for participant input on survey content

  • Participation in annual Croner Interim Merit Budget Survey included

Key Dates & Survey Pricing

2024 Survey Schedule

Survey Planning Meeting: February 2024

Questionnaire Distribution: April

Data Effective Date: April 1

Questionnaire Due Date: May

Full Report of Results Published: Late July

Salary Budgets Survey Supplement: August

Report of Results Webinar: September

Confidentiality Yields Quality Results

The Croner Company conducts all of our surveys as an independent third party. You can trust us. We have many decades of experience successfully ensuring the security, confidentiality and consistency of the data we provide.


All participant submissions are processed securely and held in strict confidence. Survey results are reported only in summary form; no attribution is made to any specific data from any participating entities.

Limited Distribution

Survey results are distributed only to the participants in each survey. All participants are required to sign an agreement that confirms they will abide by our confidentiality standards.

Safe Harbor Practices

The Croner Company’s data aggregation and reporting practices adhere to U.S. Department of Justice and industry standard “Safe Harbor” guidelines to ensure full regulatory compliance and enhance the integrity of all survey results.

Secure Data Management

All of our data submission, storage and distribution practices adhere to privacy and security standards established by the U.S. National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST), the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the joint E.U.-U.S. Privacy Shield Certification program. Click here for more information regarding our privacy policies.

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