The average annual salary for a video game artist and animator is around $71,000, as of 2011. Salaries for artists and designers generally increase with experience.
Salaries for game artists with fewer than three years of experience average around $44,600 annually. These artists require more supervision and only work on smaller portions of games. After three to six years in the industry, artists’ salaries increase to an annual average of about $61,000. Artists who spend more than six years in the industry can expect to earn around $86,000 annually, while those who move into lead artist roles can expect to earn around $89,000. Art directors, who hire and train artists in their departments, earn around $107,000 annually.