I was just going through Anime News Network, when I saw this particularly interesting article about animator salaries…..
26.8% earn less than 1 million yen (US$8,500 approx.) annually, 19.6% earn between 1 million yen and 2 million yen (US$17,000 approx.) annually, 18.6% earn between 2 million yen and 3 million yen (US$25,700 approx.) annually. 65% of Japanese animators earn less than 3 million yen annually.
One category of animators, the storyboard animators who are responsible for drawing up outlines and sketches of how the animation will run, earns even less. They are often paid on a “per frame” basis, earning an average of 187 yen (US$1.60 approx.) per frame. 73.7% of these animators earn less than 1 million yen per year and the highest paid storyboard animators earn at most 80% of what other types of animators make.
I just went “OMFG!!!!”. Seriously, that’s really low figures. I mean, living on an average of U$8,500 annually in Tokyo is freaking nuts. How the hell do they pay the rent and food?! So whenever you see good animation (or even bad ones), please spare a thought for the poor animators, who are paid like slaves to produce anime for us :(.