Photo Retoucher Salary

The average Photo Retoucher in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $17.29 per hour. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and slightly less than a third lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by more than half and dental coverage is claimed by close to one-half. For the most part, people in this position report moderate levels of job satisfaction. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$32,602 - $73,429
(Median)
$33K
$46K
$73K
MEDIAN: $46,239
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$10.11 - $32.97
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MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$32,602 - $73,429  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,932  
Total Pay (?
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$24,813 - $73,781  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 94
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$10.11 - $32.97  
   
Overtime
$16.20 - $47.68  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,932  
   
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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$24,813 - $73,781  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 95
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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.


Photo Retouchers with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. 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. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $51K. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $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 23%

Mid-Career
up arrow 12%

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 36 votes.

Gender

Female
60 %
Male
40 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 67%
dental benefits
Dental: 48%
medical benefits
Vision: 34%
dental benefits
None: 31%
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