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To rake in the big bucks as a computer animator, your best bet is to land a gig in California, New York, Washington, Texas, or Illinois. The median salary is around $70k. But look to the Golden State, which has the highest salaries, closer to $85k on average.

Computer animators could hit the jackpot if they have the right job and the right company that's on a winning streak. Pixar. Industrial Light and Magic. A blockbuster movie. A runaway success of an advertising campaign. And maybe a lone computer animator and the team was chiefly responsible for the success (yes, it's fine to dream big). Then, only the CGI sky would be the limit to the bucks that could come rolling in.

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