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Animation Jobs in Miami

Although Miami is not known as an animation capital, the city's growing media infrastructure is supplying local animators with job opportunities in television, advertising, music videos, and commercials. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, from 2010-2016, the number of animators living in Miami doubled in size, fueled by the increasing demand for animation in advertising campaigns, television, and mobile applications.

Some of the top cities for finding jobs in animation tend to be Los Angeles, NYC, Chicago, San Francisco, and Miami. You could build a successful career in animation in any one of these cities. However, out of those cities, Miami ranks fifth in terms of the total number of animation jobs available and the average level of salaries in the field. Among those cities, about 2% of all animation jobs are located in Miami.

The most successful animators are masters of animation technology and software. They use computers to bring characters and environments to life. The leading software used in the industry today remains Maya, After Effects, and Photoshop, along with an assortment of other packages used for more specialized applications. The software you choose to specialize in will depend on the type of work your project requires. For example, CGI characters are usually modelled in Maya, while 2D animated corporate presentations can be done using a combination of Photoshop and After Effects.

According to Glassdoor, some of the highest-rated animation companies in Miami include SapientNitro, Magic Leap, Zubi Advertising, and Merge Studios.

In Miami, the most popular animation jobs are Character Riggers, Java Programmers, CGI Modelers, Environment Artists, CGI Animators, and UX Designers.

The top ranked schools in Miami with programs and degrees in animation are Florida State University ($49,982 per year, out-of-state), Miami Dade College ($34,497 per year, out-of-state), and University of Miami ($44,400 per year, out-of-state), according to rankings published by the Hollywood Reporter and Hack College in 2016.

The following are estimates of salaries and wages for animation jobs in Miami, which were compiled from, Glassdoor, and the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics:

Art Director Assistants - $75,000 per year, or $36.06 per hour

Creative Directors - $110,000 per year, or $52.88 per hour

Art Directors - $84,000 per year, or $40.38 per hour

Multimedia Artists, Animators, and CGI Artists - $63,000 per year, or $30.29 per hour

Graphic Designers - $48,000 per year, or $23.08 per hour

Graphic Designers - $48,000 per year, or $23.08 per hour

Animators - $74,000 per year, or $35.58 per hour

Professionals working in animation in Miami also tend to work in the following industries, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics: Interactive Entertainment, Corporate Videos/Presentations, Advertising, Engineering, Technology, Gaming, Marketing, Architecture.

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