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Photo Retoucher Salary

For Photo Retouchers, hourly average wages total $17.71 per hour. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Health benefits are not claimed by all — slightly less than a third lack any form of coverage — but the greater part have medical insurance, and just under a half have dental, too. Women make up a slight majority of Photo Retouchers (58 percent) survey respondents. Among folks in this role, job satisfaction levels approximately match the national average. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$34,014 - $71,695
(Median)
$34K
$47K
$72K
MEDIAN: $46,553
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$11.39 - $35.23
(Median)
$11
$18
$35
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$34,014 - $71,695  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,523  
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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$25,049 - $74,327  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 67
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$11.39 - $35.23  
   
Overtime
$17.54 - $47.51  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,523  
   
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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$25,049 - $74,327  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 68

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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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Pay by Experience Level for Photo Retoucher

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


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Photo Retouchers. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $35K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $46K. Photo Retouchers bring in $52K after working for 10 to 20 years. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $65K.

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 57%

Experienced
up arrow 25%

Mid-Career
up arrow 10%

National Average
$41,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 16%

Job Satisfaction

Satisfied
Rated 3 out of 5
based on 38 votes.

Gender

Female
58 %
Male
42 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 69% dental benefits Dental: 46%
vision benefits Vision: 34% employee benefits None: 29%
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