Photo Retoucher Salary

The average Photo Retoucher in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $17.54 per hour. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most Photo Retouchers are fairly content with their jobs, and work satisfaction falls in line with the national average. While just under one in three report receiving no health benefits, the larger part do receive medical coverage, and just over two-fifths have dental, as well. Women Photo Retouchers who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$31,750 - $70,000
(Median)
$32K
$46K
$70K
MEDIAN: $45,511
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$10.99 - $35.61
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$11
$18
$36
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$31,750 - $70,000  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,064  
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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$25,011 - $73,873  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 74
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$10.99 - $35.61  
   
Overtime
$15.71 - $47.02  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,064  
   
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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$25,011 - $73,873  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 79
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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 report a focused set of job 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. Adobe Photoshop is a skill commonly found among those who know Adobe InDesign.

Pay by Experience Level for Photo Retoucher

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


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Photo Retouchers. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $35K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $45K on average. Photo Retouchers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $52K. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $69K.

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 28%

Mid-Career
up arrow 11%

National Average
$41,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 14%

Skills That Affect Photo Retoucher Salaries

Adobe Photoshop
0%

National Average
$41,000

Adobe InDesign
up arrow 15%

Job Satisfaction

Satisfied
Rated 3 out of 5
based on 37 votes.

Gender

Female
57 %
Male
43 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
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: 34% employee benefits None: 31%
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