Photo Retoucher Salary
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.Read More...
Photo retouchers generally work within the multimedia/graphic design departments of companies. They often work in teams of 4-5 people and generally report to those responsible for the overall direction and guidelines of particular projects.
Education requirements vary for this job, and those with a bachelor's degree may be preferred by some employers. For those who do not have a degree, extensive work experience (especially within the graphic design industry) will be extremely valuable. Many companies may prefer individuals who have more practical work experience than academic credentials.
A photo retoucher’s workday is not always ordinary. Depending on the company for which they work, they may sometimes be required to stay after hours or work on weekends; this is particularly common when there is a major project that must be finished by a specific time. There is some flexibility in this job, as some photo retouchers do work from home; freelance opportunities may be available, as well.
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.
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