For Photo Retouchers, hourly average wages total $17.98 per hour. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. There are more female Photo Retouchers who answered the questionnaire than male, making up 65 percent. Although the larger part have medical coverage and a little less than half have dental coverage, around one in three claim no health benefits at all. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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MEDIAN: $45,962
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$11.11 - $36.20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$31,721 - $74,864  
   
Bonus
$927 - $8,241  
Total Pay (?
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$25,467 - $79,971  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 83
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$11.11 - $36.20  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.83  
Overtime
$16.07 - $61.73  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$927 - $8,241  
   
Total Pay (?
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$25,467 - $79,971  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 86

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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

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

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Popular Skills for Photo Retoucher


Photo Retouchers usually report a few specific skills. Most notably, facility with Adobe Illustrator and Adobe InDesign are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 20 percent and 4 percent, respectively. Those listing Adobe Lightroom as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Competency in Adobe InDesign frequently indicates knowledge of Adobe Photoshop.

Pay by Experience Level for Photo Retoucher

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


Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $37K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $51K. Photo Retouchers bring in $51K after working for 10 to 20 years. Seasoned veterans with 20 years under their belts enjoy a median income of $67K.

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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Key Stats for Photo Retoucher

Gender

Female
65 %
Male
35 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 19 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
12%
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Experience Affects Photo Retoucher Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 57%

Mid-Career
up arrow 19%

Experienced
up arrow 19%

National Average
$43,000


Skills That Affect Photo Retoucher Salaries

Adobe Illustrator
up arrow 20%

Adobe InDesign
up arrow 4%

National Average
$43,000

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 1%

Adobe Lightroom
up arrow 27%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 19 votes.

Gender

Female
65 %
Male
35 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 62%
dental benefits
Dental: 47%
vision benefits
Vision: 34%
dental benefits
None: 33%
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