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How will your animation education stack up?

If you are considering pursuing a animation degree at home, below is relevant information to help you compare the education you will be receiving to that available elsewhere in the country. There are 345 traditional animation schools in the US.

Top Schools

The top institutions in the US in 2010 that had animation programs were:

  1. University of Southern California - located in Los Angeles, California
  2. New York University - located in New York, New York
  3. Carnegie Mellon University - located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Student Demographics

In 2010, degrees in animation were earned by 4,947 students in the US. Of these students, 473 graduated from certificate programs in animation, 4,163 graduated from undergraduate programs in animation, and 311 graduated from graduate-level programs in animation.


Students can pursue education in animation at the following levels:

  • Associate's Degree in Animation
  • Bachelor's Degree in Animation
  • Master's Degree in Animation
  • Certificate in Animation

Animation students can expect to gain the following skills and/or knowledge while studying animation:

  • Physics
  • English
  • Written and Verbal Communication
  • Creative Thinking
  • Drawing


The average tuition at animation schools around the nation was $22,964 per year in 2010. The following animation schools had the highest tuition rates:

  1. Carnegie Mellon University - located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, students paid $40,920
  2. University of Southern California - located in Los Angeles, California, students paid $39,183
  3. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute - located in Troy, New York, students paid $39,165

The following animation schools had the lowest tuition rates:

  1. Fashion Institute of Technology - located in New York, New York, students paid $4,164
  2. Brigham Young University - located in Provo, Utah, students paid $4,290
  3. New Mexico State University-Main Campus - located in Las Cruces, New Mexico, students paid $4,998

How will your animation job compare?

The highest percentage of animation graduates pursue careers as animators. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that in 2010, 26,560 animators were working in the US. The states with the largest populations of animators are:

  1. California - 8,440 Animators
  2. New York - 2,980 Animators
  3. Washington State - 2,090 Animators

Projected Growth

The projected growth for animators is expected to be the fastest in the following states:

  1. Louisiana - 28%
  2. Georgia - 25%
  3. Utah - 20%


Animators in the US can make an average of $60,823 per year. However, factors such as your previous performance reviews, your boss, or location can cause the salary for an animator to vary greatly. An animator in the US can earn anywhere from less than $18,000 per year to more than $119,890 per year. The states with the highest average salary for an animator are:

  1. California - $74,560 per year
  2. New York - $66,340 per year
  3. Oregon - $62,690 per year

The following states have the lowest average salaries for animators:

  1. South Dakota - $38,120 per year
  2. Nebraska - $40,440 per year
  3. Kansas - $41,190 per year

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So what kind of job can you get after studying

Below you'll find various popular careers! Compare professions and see which one you find interesting!

Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (Past 5 Yrs)
Graphic Designers 192,240 $48,140 7.7%
Multimedia Artists and Animators 26,560 $63,440 11.6%
Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators 10,320 $53,080 -0.7%