The Croner Animation and Visual Effects Survey is the benchmark survey of the animation and visual effects industry.  For nine years, the Croner Survey has provided 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 2016, 14 companies representing approximately 3,800 employees in the U.S., participated in the Croner Survey and are using the data to understand current market trends and to establish rational market compensation levels in their organizations.

View all positions covered in the Survey: 2016 Croner Animation Survey Position Grids

Participant Companies
 

2016 Participant Companies
Activision Blizzard, Inc.
DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc.
Insomniac Games, Inc.
LAIKA, LLC
Legend3D, Inc.
Pixar Animation Studios
Sony Interactive Entertainment, LLC
Sony Pictures Entertainment
The Third Floor, Inc.
The Walt Disney Studios
Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.
Twentieth Century Fox Film
Walt Disney Parks & Resorts
Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

Added for 2017 Participation
Atomic Fiction, Inc.
Snap Interactive, Inc.

 

 

Position Grids & Job Families Reported
 

To view a pdf of the complete list of positions by family and by level, please click here:

2016 Croner Animation Survey Position Grids

Job Families

  • Studio Executives
  • Story
  • Production Design / Art
  • Direction
  • Visual Development
  • Modeling
  • Sculpting
  • Layout
  • Stereoscopic Imaging
  • Character Animation
  • Technical / Shot Production
  • CG Supervision
  • Character Set-up Rigging
  • Shading
  • Texture Painting
  • Character Stimulation
  • Matte
  • Lighting
  • Rendering
  • Generalist Technical Direction
  • Effects Art Direction
  • Motion Capture
  • Effects
  • Inferno Art
  • Compositing
  • Rotoscope / Digital Paint Art
  • Match Moving
  • Production Management
  • Animated Feature Film Editing
  • Post Production
  • Projectionist
  • Development
  • Animated Feature Film Producing
  • Feature Effects Producing
  • Production Systems Administration
  • Archive
  • Digital Resource Management
  • Production Systems Engineering
  • Tools Software Engineering
  • Pipeline Software Engineering
  • Professional Management
  • Production Accounting
  • Production Finance
  • Human Resources
  • Training

Policy Data Reported
 

 

  • 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

Data Reported For Every 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
 

2017 Survey Planning Meeting: Thursday, February 16, 2017 hosted by Disney ABC, Glendale, CA
2017 Questionnaire Distribution:  April 2017
2017 Data Effective Date:  April 1, 2017
2017 Questionnaire Due Date:  May 2017
2017 Full Report of Results Published:  July 2017
2017 Salary Budgets Survey Supplement:  August 2017

 

Participation Fees
 

Participation Fee  The 2017 Participation Fee is $7,000.  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.

Purchase of the Current Published Report 
It is possible to purchase the 2016 Survey data without having participated, by signing a Participation Agreement for the 2017 Survey and paying a 50% non-refundable deposit toward the 2017 participation fee.  There are two options to purchase the current data:

Purchase Option #1: 2016 Full Report of Results $10,100

  • The 2016 Full Report is available for purchase for $10,100 plus a non-refundable 50% deposit of $3,500 towards the 2017 participation fee.
  • Total payment required to receive the 2016 Full Report, including the 50% deposit towards 2017 participation, is $13,600.
  • As a committed and signed Participant, your company's survey submission would be due in May 2017, along with the second half participation fee payment of $3,500 due in June 2017.  Participation entitles your organization to receive the 2017 Full Report.

Purchase Option #2:  2016 Compensation Data for 10 Positions $3,500

  • Compensation data only, for up to 10 positions, from the 2016 Full Report is $3,500, plus a non-refundable deposit of 50% towards the 2017 participation fee.
  • Total payment required to receive 2016 data for 10 jobs, including the 50% deposit towards 2017 participation, is $7,000.
  • As a committed and signed Participant, your company's survey submission would be due in May 2017, along with the second half participation fee payment of $3,500 due in June 2017.  Participation entitles your organization to receive the 2017 Full Report.

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 ten companies is required.

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.

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