Photo Retoucher Salary

Photo Retouchers in the United States can expect to earn an average of $49K annually. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. For the most part, Photo Retouchers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Women account for the majority of Photo Retouchers who responded to the questionnaire — 64 percent to be exact. Some workers in this field — over a third — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by the larger part and dental plans are enjoyed by slightly less than half. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$32,417 - $78,246
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$49K
$78K
MEDIAN: $49,325
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$11.67 - $39.45
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$0$81K
Salary $32,417 - $78,246
Bonus $503 - $5,171
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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$27,171 - $81,463
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 87
Hourly Data $0$88
Hourly Rate $11.67 - $39.45
Hourly Tips $0.83
Overtime $20.13 - $88.08
Annual Data $0$81K
Bonus $503 - $5,171
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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$27,171 - $81,463
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 75

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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 typically list a handful of skills they use on the job. Most notably, skills in Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop, and Adobe Lightroom are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing Adobe Lightroom as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Adobe Photoshop and Adobe InDesign also typically command lower compensation. Those with knowledge of Adobe InDesign tend to be skilled in Adobe Photoshop as well.

Pay by Experience Level for Photo Retoucher

Pay by Experience for a Photo Retoucher has a positive trend. An entry-level Photo Retoucher with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $38,000 based on 92 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Photo Retoucher with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $52,000 based on 58 salaries. An experienced Photo Retoucher which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $51,000 based on 42 salaries. A Photo Retoucher with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $68,000 based on 19 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $46,537

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For those looking to make money, Photo Retouchers in Chicago enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 31 percent above the national average. Photo Retouchers will also find cushy salaries in Atlanta (+17 percent) and New York (+10 percent). Falling short of the national average by 20 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Seattle.

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Q: 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
64 %
Male
36 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 20 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
13%
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Experience Affects Photo Retoucher Salaries

▲46%

Mid-Career
▲11%

Experienced
▲9%

National Average
$47,000

▼18%

Skills That Affect Photo Retoucher Salaries

Adobe Illustrator
▲16%

National Average
$47,000



Adobe Lightroom
▼33%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 20 votes.

Gender

Female
64 %
Male
36 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 62%
dental benefits
Dental: 47%
vision benefits
Vision: 35%
no benefits
None: 35%
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