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Gene Beidl
Maya/3D developer as a career?
on Dec 19, 2010 at 4:05:45 am

Hi,


I know a great developer (not artist) who is an expert in ActionScript, Flash, and several other languages, and also loves 3D. He's worked with Max for a while too.

He posed this question to me, but I don't know the answer. What kinds of salaries can an accomplished Maya developer make? I.e. he's thinking about doing f/x and an f/x house, not actually developing the Maya software.

He's looking to make a change, but wants to know if it's worth it for him to pursue that path. I've heard the range from $75k to $300k, but I don't have a clue. In other words, $75k is not worth it, but $300 is to him.

He also wants to know which skills are most valuable for a 3D developer. Maya script? Python?

Anybody knowledgeable on this or can you tell me where to get that info?

Thanks for any help you can provide!

Gene


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Alvaro Castaneda
Re: Maya/3D developer as a career?
on Dec 19, 2010 at 3:28:06 pm

HI
well, this is surely a career and a good one actually
Although I can not tell you exactly how much you can make doing this I do know it is well paid, of course as always, it all depends on your skills etc,
here are some sample jobs posts from big companies that need programmers

http://www.dneg.com/jobs/randd_programmer_134.html
http://tbe.taleo.net/NA9/ats/careers/requisition.jsp;jsessionid=CD370C74817...

take a look at that and you can have a better idea of what studios need of a coder.

Good luck

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http://www.intelianimate.com


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Gene Beidl
Re: Maya/3D developer as a career?
on Dec 19, 2010 at 7:08:11 pm

Hi,

Great, thank you for the info. I'll give him this info.

Unfortunately there wasn't any salary info in those posts. Who would be in a position to know that information that he could talk to?

Thanks!

Gene


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