The long awaited, first ever Motion Graphic Design Census just came out, and it’s full of interesting facts and numbers about the motion design industry. Bran Dougherty-Johnson and Jake Sargeant did a great job crunching the numbers and designing this excellent PDF.
I’m surprised by quite a few of the findings. Specifically about how much people charge and get paid to perform their craft. Either the survey is skewed young, and therefore inexperienced, or there is a real trend toward lower salaries in this industry. Let’s talk about the money.
Self-employed: Hourly Rate
Wow. The largest bracket for a self employed hourly rate is $35?! This is much lower than I would have imagined. I would love to see the break down below $35 as well. This isn’t for intro level Jr positions either. We are talking about freelancers that choose their own prices. While we are at it, let’s also take a look at the average annual income from all of those surveyed.
25th Percentile: $30,000
75th Percentile: $80,000
Better, but still a bit lower than I expected. As the tools and training become less expensive and easier to use, the average salary goes down. This is true for any job, especially creative ones. There is nothing you can do to stop this trend. Well, almost nothing… These numbers are called the average because they are just that, average. You can make any amount above this number without any special training, schooling or certificate. How?
Don’t be Average
The average salary is for average workers doing average work. Be better than average and ask for what you’re worth and your pay goes up. It’s really the best part about being in a creative industry. Be better than average at what you do, learn more stuff, solve more problems, make more beautiful work, be fun to work with. In short, don’t be average.
Don’t forget to take the new 2011 Census. It’s only a few short questions. More data equals more accurate results. Do your part.
Take the 2011 Census Here
Download the 2010 Motion Graphic Design Census Here