Photo Retoucher Salary

Photo Retouchers in the United States can expect wages of $17.29 per hour on average. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. While some workers in this profession — about a third — do not have any health coverage, the greater part do receive medical benefits and more than two-fifths have dental insurance. Women make up a slight majority of Photo Retouchers (58 percent) survey respondents. Though the majority of Photo Retouchers do not report high levels of job satisfaction, most are moderately content with their role. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$32,765 - $71,294

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$10.53 - $35.35

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$32,765 - $71,294  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,041  
Total Pay (?
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$24,901 - $73,750  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 76
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$10.53 - $35.35  
   
Overtime
$15.80 - $46.89  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,041  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$24,901 - $73,750  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 81
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Job Description for Photo Retoucher

A photo retoucher's job is to make changes and enhancements to a variety of images and create brand new images from the originals, often with popular programs such as Adobe Photoshop. Most photo retouchers work for magazines and businesses in advertising, design, and film/media, and their work generally consists of cleaning-up images which may be seen by the general public and adjusting skin textures, changing color tones and other modifications to create specific looks.

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Photo Retoucher Tasks

  • Perform image manipulations or edits as directed.
  • Retouch images to customer specifications.

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Survey takers who work as Photo Retouchers usually report a few specific skills. Adobe Photoshop and Adobe InDesign are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Skills that pay less than market rate include Adobe InDesign. Aptitude in Adobe InDesign tends to also indicate an understanding of Adobe Photoshop.

Pay by Experience Level for Photo Retoucher

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Photo Retouchers with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $35K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $45K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $52K. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $69K on average.

Photo Retoucher Reviews

What is it like working as a Photo Retoucher?

Photo Retoucher in Louisville:
"Office Conditions."
Pros: I love the job that I do. It is very interesting and my work day is ever the same!
Cons: I work very hard and have been told that I do an excellent job. There is no one in the office that can do my job, but my work is under appreciated. Raises are once a year and its usually only 20 cents an hour.

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Experience Affects Photo Retoucher Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 70%

Experienced
up arrow 29%

Mid-Career
up arrow 11%

National Average
$40,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 14%

Skills That Affect Photo Retoucher Salaries

Adobe Photoshop
0%

National Average
$40,000

Adobe InDesign
up arrow 15%

Job Satisfaction

Satisfied
Rated 3 out of 5
based on 37 votes.

Gender

Female
58 %
Male
42 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 66% dental benefits Dental: 45%
vision benefits Vision: 33% employee benefits None: 32%
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