The Croner Animation and Visual Effects Survey is the benchmark survey of the animation and visual effects industry.  The Croner Survey provides up-to-date competitive compensation information about positions in companies that produce animated feature films or develop animation and/or visual effects for feature films, television and/or software games.

In 2019, 18 companies, representing approximately 6,000 U.S. and 1,500 Canadian employees, participated in the Croner Survey.  These companies use the survey data to understand current market trends and to establish rational market compensation levels in their organizations.

The 2019 Results include compensation data on selected positions in Canada.

View all jobs covered in the Survey: 2019 Croner Animation & VFX Position Grids

 

Participant Companies
 

2019 Participant Companies
Blizzard Entertainment, Inc.
Deluxe Entertainment Services Group, Inc
DHX Media*
Digital Domain
Disney Parks, Experiences and Consumer Products
LAIKA, LLC
NBCUniversal Media, LLC
Netflix, Inc.
Niantic Labs
Pixar Animation Studios
Riot Games, Inc.
Sony Interactive Entertainment LLC
Sony Pictures Entertainment
Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc.
The Walt Disney Studios
Turner
Viacom Media Networks
Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.
Wow Unlimited Media Inc.*

*Canada only

 

Position Grids & Job Families Reported
 

To view a pdf of the complete list of positions by family and by level, please click here:  2019 Croner Animation & VFX Position Grids

Job Families

Story
TV Animation / Shorts
Production Design / Art Direction
Studio Executives
Character Design
Visual Development
Pre-Visualization
Modeling
Layout
Character Animation
Character Set-Up / Rigging
Shading / Texture Painting
Character Simulation
Matte
Lighting
Rendering
Pipeline
Technical
Direction
Generalist Technical Direction
On-Set Data Acquisition
Motion Capture
Effects
Crowds
Compositing
Stereoscopic Imaging
Rotoscope / Digital Paint Art
Match Moving
Development
Producing / Production Management
Script
Feature Effects Producing
Post Production
Animated Feature Film Editing
Visual Effects Editing
Special Projects Editing
Recording Engineering
Sound Editing
Transfer Operations
Projection
Production Systems Administration
Production Systems / Tools Software Engineering
Pipeline Software Engineering
Color Scientist
Archive
Digital Resource Management
Business Affairs
Casting
Music
Composing
Production Accounting
Production Finance
Artist Management
Training
Talent Development Outreach
Marketing / Promotions
 

 

Policy Data Reported
 

The Full Report of Results covers Policies and Practices data, including sections on:

  • Short Term Incentive Plan Design
  • Equity Plan Design
  • Amenities
  • Salary Adjustment Budgets

Position Data Reported
 

To view sample position data, please click here: Sample Position Information - Standard

The Compensation Data Report reports the following compensation data for each position:

  • Number of Incumbents Reported
  • Number of Companies with Match
  • Geographic Composition
  • FLSA Status
  • Project Employee / Employment Contract / In Collective Bargaining Unit %
  • STI Eligibility
  • STI Awards Received
  • STI Targets
  • LTI Eligibility
  • LTI Awards Received
  • Base Salary
  • Target Total Cash Compensation
  • Actual Total Cash Compensation
  • Actual Cash Awards as % of Base Salary
  • Annualized NPV of LTI Awards
  • Total Direct Compensation
  • Paired Comparison Postion Match Analysis for Base Salary, Actual Total Cash Compensation and Total Direct Compensation
  • Differentials (of average pay between organization levels by job family category)

Data Cuts Provided Where Relevant:

Industry
Animation
Visual Effects
Software Games

Region
Northern California
Southern California

Custom Cut of Data For an additional fee of $450, the participant company may select a subset of companies from the full participant list for a custom cut of data. A minimum of five companies is required.

Survey Schedule
 

2020 Survey Planning Meeting: March 2020 
Questionnaire Distribution: April 
Data Effective Date:  April 1
Questionnaire Due Date:  May 15
Full Report of Results Published:  Late July 
Salary Budgets Survey Supplement: August 
Report of Results Webinar:  September 

 

Participation Fees
 

Participation Fee The 2020 Participation Fee is $8,600.  The Participation Fee includes the Full Report of Results, which includes the Compensation Data Report (xls) and the Policies and Practices Report (pdf), along with the Interim Salary Budget Supplement.

Custom Cut of Data for Participants 
For an additional fee, a participant company may select a subset of companies from the participant list for a custom cut of the data set. A minimum selection of ten companies is required.  A custom cut of the data set for "All Incumbents" is $550. A custom rerun of the data set including all data cuts is $950.

Purchase of the Current Published Report As a Non-participant
It is possible to purchase the 2019 Survey data without having participated, by signing a Participation Agreement for the 2020 Survey and paying a 50% non-refundable deposit up front toward the 2020 participation fee.  There are two options to purchase the current data:

Purchase Option #1: 2019 Full Report of Results $16,400

  • The 2019 Full Report is available for purchase for $16,400 plus a non-refundable 50% deposit of $4,300 towards the 2020 participation fee.
  • Total payment required to receive the 2019 Full Report, including the 50% deposit towards 2020 participation, is $20,700.
  • As a committed and signed Participant, your company's survey submission would be due in May 2020, along with the second half participation fee payment of $4,300 due in June 2020.  Participation along with the 50% payment entitles your organization to receive the 2020 Full Report.

Purchase Option #2:  10 Positions selected from the 2019 Compensation Data Report $4,300

  • Compensation data only, for up to 10 positions, from the 2019 Compensation Data Report is $4,300, plus a non-refundable deposit of 50% towards the 2020 participation fee.
  • Total payment required to receive 2019 data for 10 jobs, including the 50% deposit towards 2020 participation, is $8,600.
  • As a committed and signed Participant, your company's survey submission would be due in May 2020, along with the second half participation fee payment of $4,300 due in June 2020.  Participation along with the 50% payment entitles your organization to receive the 2020 Full Report.

 

Confidentiality
 

The Croner Company conducts this Survey as an independent third party to ensure the confidentiality and consistency of the data provided.  All data are held in strict confidence and are reported only in summary form.  No attribution is made to any specific data from any participating companies.  The Croner Company aggregates data using DOJ "Safe Harbor Guidelines" to ensure full regulatory compliance of the Survey report.

Survey reports are distributed only to participants and all participants are required to sign an agreement that confirms they will abide by our confidentiality standards.

Register to Participate
 

To register your company for participation in this Survey or to ask questions about participation, please contact Susan Cronk at (415) 485-5512 or email us at info@croner.biz.