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New Hampshire Animation Careers: Employment & Salary Trends, Job Opportunities, & Colleges Offering Animation Programs in New Hampshire

Written by Michelle BurtonApril 28, 2016
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New Hampshire is home to more than 7,500 salaried professionals working in Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media (ADESM) occupations. The population has increased dramatically since 2013 when the state was home to 6,390 ADESM workers. These individuals work in a range of areas from graphic and commercial design to multimedia art and animation. 

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Aspiring animators in New Hampshire typically work in the film and television industry, advertising, public relations, graphic design, and even education. In fact, the state is home to dozens of creative agencies and production studios, as well as 29 Title IV colleges and universities and 483 elementary & secondary schools that offer courses and programs for aspiring animators. Just a few include the prestigious Dartmouth College, New Hampshire Institute of Art (NHIA), Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU), and Rivier University.

Continue reading to learn more about the best program options for aspiring animators, and find out what to expect in the areas of employment trends, salary trends, and job opportunities. 

Employment and Salary Trends for New Hampshire Animators

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released the latest state occupational employment and wage estimates on March 30, 2016. According to the report, New Hampshire is home to 7,640 professionals working in Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media (ADESM) occupations. They average $47,020 per year. Of this group, 60 are salaried multimedia artists and animators averaging $59,830 per year. Nationwide, the median annual wage for animators and multimedia artists was $63,970 as of March 30, 2016 and overall employment for this group is expected to increase by six percent for the 2014-2024 decade. This is as fast as average for all occupations.

It is important to note that many animators and multimedia artists are self-employed. In fact, according to the Bureau, "Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers” has the second highest concentration of employment (not highest employment level) in the nation for animators and multimedia artists. This means it’s safe to assume that the population of animators and multimedia artists in New Hampshire is higher than reported. These individuals typically earn more as well. According to the Bureau, the average salary for this group is $70,080 per year.

The five highest paying states for animators and multimedia artists are:

  • California ($82,810)
  • Washington ($80,460)
  • Connecticut ($77,860)
  • Massachusetts ($74,440)
  • District of Columbia ($74,230)

The industries with the highest concentration of employment for animators and multimedia artists are:

  • Motion Picture and Video industries
  • Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers
  • Software Publishers
  • Cable and Other Subscription Programming
  • Specialized Design Services

The industries with the highest levels of employment are:

  • Motion Picture and Video industries
  • Computer Systems Design and Related Services
  • Software Publishers
  • Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services
  • Other Information Services

The top paying industries for animators and multimedia artists are:

  • Travel Arrangement and Reservation Services ($85,750)
  • Other Information Services ($82,940)
  • Software Publishers ($76,920)
  • Professional Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers ($75,540)
  • Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers ($74,960)

The states with the highest employment levels for animators and multimedia artists are California, Georgia, New York, Texas, and Washington.

Animation Career Opportunities in New Hampshire

As mentioned, New Hampshire may offer a number of opportunities for animators in industries ranging from film and television to advertising. Just a few possibilities include:

  • 36creative, Salem
  • CatchFire Creative, Portsmouth
  • Clearcut FX, Wolfeboro
  • Eisenberg, Vital & Ryze Advertising, Manchester
  • EVR Advertising, Manchester
  • Granite River Studios, Londonberry
  • Hatchling Studios, Portsmouth
  • Millennium Integrated Marketing, Manchester
  • Saltwater Integrated Creative Agency, Portsmouth
  • Scribble Creative Group, Bedford
  • The Troupe, Windham
  • VFX Direct, Rochester

Employment opportunities may be found in a number of cities across the state. However, the chances of landing a position may be greater in larger cities such as Manchester, Nashua, Concord, Rochester, and Dover. Portsmouth is also worth exploring.

New Hampshire Animation Training Programs

While many New Hampshire colleges and universities offer art and design programs, the following schools offer the best options for aspiring animators:

Just a few program options include BA in Graphic Design with a concentration in 3D Modeling & Animation (SNHU), a BA in Film & Media Studies with courses in Film, Video, Animation, and Gaming Production (Dartmouth), and a Digital Media program with ample animation coursework (Rivier University). 

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