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Salaries in Digital Media Arts

Updated on August 21, 2014
Many digital media arts careers are computer-intensive.
Many digital media arts careers are computer-intensive. | Source

Digital media arts include many components such as videography or filming digital video and also editing video and audio footage online and offline. Digital media arts also include web design and development, and graphic design. All of the salaries for professionals in this industry exceed the mean annual wage of $45,790 earned by the average U.S. worker, while some far exceed the national average.


Multimedia Artists and Animators

Multimedia arts and animators create the visual effects and animation for computer games, movies, TV shows, and commercials. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor statistics, they made a mean annual wage of $72,400 as of May 2013, or a mean hourly wage of $34.81. Multimedia artists and animators earned the highest annual wage, $84,610, working in the motion picture and video industries. By state, they earned the highest wage – which was $88,150 – in California. (Ref 1)

Film and Video Editors

Film and video editors select, assemble and color-correct film, video and other forms of media. May 2013 salary data from the BLS reveals that they earned a mean annual wage of $69,490, and a mean hourly wage of $33.41. Film and video editors earned the highest salary of $76,230 working in the motion picture and video industries. California paid these professionals an annual mean wage of $92,940, making it the highest-paying state for film and video editors to work in.

Web Developers

Web developers create the graphics, and choose the fonts, colors and formats used in website design. They earned a mean annual wage of $67,540, or a mean hourly wage of $32.47, reports the BLS. At $85,210, they earned the highest annual salary working for software publishers. By location, the District of Columbia paid the highest wage of $83,960.

Camera Operators

Camera operators, also known as videographers, use digital camera equipment to film images for movies, TV broadcasts, videos and other uses. They earned a mean annual wage of $52,530, which is a mean hourly wage of $25.26. The tax preparation, bookkeeping and payroll services industry pays the highest salary to camera operators. The $74,920 earned annually in this industry is a result of the infrequent camera work that these operators perform, which results in many of them working a second job in the financial sector. The State of New York paid the highest salary to camera operators, which was $72,020.

Graphic Designers

Graphic designers create graphics, text and other visual images such as logos and product packaging and displays. The mean annual wage for graphic designers was $49,610, while the mean hourly wage for $23.85. They earned the highest annual wage, $76,530, working for the Federal Executive Branch of the Government. And since the federal government is located in Washington, D.C., this is also the location where graphic designers were paid the highest salary, which was $71,520.

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