Photo Retoucher Salary

Average Photo Retouchers in the United States make around $17.77 per hour. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Among folks in this role, job satisfaction levels approximately match the national average. Women Photo Retouchers who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. Health benefits are not claimed by all — just under one in three lack any form of coverage — but a majority have medical insurance, and just over two-fifths have dental, too. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$33,515 - $70,469
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$34K
$46K
$70K
MEDIAN: $45,922
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$11.35 - $35.89
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MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$33,515 - $70,469  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,064  
Total Pay (?
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$25,125 - $74,178  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 72
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$11.35 - $35.89  
   
Overtime
$16.50 - $47.17  
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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$25,125 - $74,178  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 77
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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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Photo Retouchers typically list a handful of skills they use on the job. Adobe Photoshop and Adobe InDesign are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Skills that pay less than market rate include Adobe InDesign. Those with knowledge of Adobe InDesign tend to be skilled in Adobe Photoshop as well.

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. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $45K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $35K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $52K in this role. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $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 68%

Experienced
up arrow 26%

Mid-Career
up arrow 10%

National Average
$41,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 15%

Skills That Affect Photo Retoucher Salaries

Adobe Photoshop
0%

National Average
$41,000

Adobe InDesign
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Job Satisfaction

Satisfied
Rated 3 out of 5
based on 37 votes.

Gender

Female
56 %
Male
44 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 68% dental benefits Dental: 45%
vision benefits Vision: 34% employee benefits None: 30%
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