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Special and Visual Effects Technicians


Some technicians have steady, salaried employment, while others work freelance for an hourly rate and may have periods with no work. The average daily rate for beginning freelance technicians is $100 to $200 per day, while more experienced technicians may earn $300 per day or more. According to, in August 2020, special effects technicians had an average annual salary of $67,853 for those employed full time. The U.S. Department of Labor reported salaries for multimedia artists and animators, the category that includes special effects technicians, as ranging from less than $40,250 to more than $139,940.

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