Google Answers Logo
View Question
Q: 3D Animation Price Quote ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   0 Comments )
Subject: 3D Animation Price Quote
Category: Computers > Graphics
Asked by: kidevel-ga
List Price: $50.00
Posted: 22 Nov 2006 08:17 PST
Expires: 22 Dec 2006 08:17 PST
Question ID: 784826
Hi Are you able to provide me the fair market price or average price
for 3D animations in $/Sec term, or any other term that is industry
standard? The animation I want to do will consist both 3D animation
part (majority) and 2D animation part(title animation and descriptions
etc). So If I can get the quote for both (3D and 2D) I will really
appreciate. Thanks a lot!
Subject: Re: 3D Animation Price Quote
Answered By: bobbie7-ga on 04 Dec 2006 07:35 PST
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hello kidevel,

According to my research the average price of 3D animations are
between $100 and $350 dollars per finished second. 2D animations cost
less; from $50 TO $250 dollars per finished second.  Prices are also
given by day; between $1,200 and $3,000 per day. Prices vary depending
on the complexity of the project

Below you will find available pricing models taken from different
sources. I hope this data will help you get a better idea of existing
3D and 2D animation price ranges.

3-d animation pricing model

?On average, the price for 3-D Animation is $95 per finished second of
animation, with a minimum charge of $1000 per scene (a scene is
defined as a change of "environment", i.e. multiple characters moving
through a single environment is one scene, while a single character
moving through two environments is two scenes).

Pricing is not redundant. An average 40-second animation with two
scenes would total $4000, not $6000. An average 40-second animation
with 5 scenes would total $5000. Please note: These prices are
guidelines based on animations of average complexity. Pricing for a
specific animation may include additional charges based on complexity
of design, modeling, animation, rendering, or post-production work.?



$100-$150 per finished second

?3D animation typically runs around $100-$150 per finished second of
standard television resolution (NTSC) animation.  This figure can
change drastically depending on the complexity of the animation and
detail of the render.  For example, a freelance animator would
typically charge about $3,000 for a thirty-second animation of a motor
vehicle collision with three camera angles and very basic colors. 
However, adding additional details such as reflections, glare, and
other factors that may be important to the case may double the cost?or

The Advocate


Digital Arts

2D and 3D Animation

$250 per finished second
$350 per finished second

321 Film


3D Imagery Rates
Computer Animation per finished second $95.00




3D Animator $400 - $700 per day
2D Artist $250 - $450 per day

2D Design


Production Services Rate Card
Fiscal Year 2006/2007

Graphic Services
Animation 2D $ 85
Animation 3D $100

All rates are hourly unless otherwise noted. Rates shown are internal
University and State Agency rates. An additional 47% will be charged
for external clients.



2D  Effects and Support   300.00
3D Animation   By quotation based on a guide daily rate of -2000.00


Computer Animation Cost: 

?Rather than set a flat "per finished second" rate on our animation
projects, we believe our clients are better served by bidding the
project. A flat rate would necessarily be set based on the most
difficult jobs, which could greatly overprice more simple projects.
However, when estimating projects, keep in mind that the following
parameters can significantly affect the price of the project:

Complexity and number of objects 
Number of moving parts in an assembly 
Number of elements moving simultaneously 
Hierarchical relationships between moving object (Forward and Inverse
Kinematics supported)
Compositing "live" and animated elements 
Duration of the scene
Animator, computer and software is $60 per hour. 


3D Animation.
$3000 per day.


3D Animation 2,000 per day rate card


3D Animation (14 Workstations, 22 nodes)
$1200 /day rate card


?Both animators and law enforcement officers agree forensic animation
is more prevalent in civil cases than criminal suits. This is
primarily due to the cost of producing them. The cost to the consumer
has also decreased over the years. When Gold was new to the field, he
says "animations were going for about $1,000 a finished second. Now,
the cost is more like $50 to $100 per finished second with 10 times
the quality and 10 times as fast in terms of turnover."

Illinois Stae Police


Video  3D  animation,  estimate  per  second  of  finished  product$   250.00
Video  2D  animation,  estimate  per  second  of  finished  product$   125.00
Integrated Systems Improvement Services, Inc.

Integrated Systems Improvement Services, Inc.


Search terms:

average  price animation "3D OR 2d"  Price "$ per second"
average price per finished second of animation
"average  price" 3D OR 2D Animation " finished second" 
Pricing models 2d OR 3d animation

I hope the information provided is helpful!

Best regards,

Clarification of Answer by bobbie7-ga on 04 Dec 2006 08:48 PST
Dear Kidevel,

Thank you for the five stars and generous tip!

Your account is billed automatically as soon as a researcher posts an
answer to your question.

Check out Web Owls

"A bunch of researchers blog about how to search, how to research,
tips and techniques, tales from the trenches, and wonderful

You'll be hearing our news here:
kidevel-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars and gave an additional tip of: $10.00
Super! Thank you so much for that information! I almost gave up my
hope of getting the answer since Google Answers retired. But here it
is, a super duper answer! Before I do the tipping thing, will you,
bobbie7-ga, please answer me how my list money goes and how the tip
goes? Thanks!

There are no comments at this time.

Important Disclaimer: Answers and comments provided on Google Answers are general information, and are not intended to substitute for informed professional medical, psychiatric, psychological, tax, legal, investment, accounting, or other professional advice. Google does not endorse, and expressly disclaims liability for any product, manufacturer, distributor, service or service provider mentioned or any opinion expressed in answers or comments. Please read carefully the Google Answers Terms of Service.

If you feel that you have found inappropriate content, please let us know by emailing us at with the question ID listed above. Thank you.
Search Google Answers for
Google Answers  

Google Home - Answers FAQ - Terms of Service - Privacy Policy