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Photo Retoucher Salary

Photo Retouchers in the United States pull down an average of $47K annually. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. The majority of individuals in this role claim moderate levels of job satisfaction. Women make up the majority of Photo Retouchers (60 percent) who completed the questionnaire. Although the greater part have medical coverage and just over two-fifths have dental coverage, close to one-third claim no health benefits at all. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$34,091 - $73,215
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MEDIAN: $46,908
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$10.85 - $30.93
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MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$34,091 - $73,215  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,500  
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$24,883 - $74,011  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 59
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$10.85 - $30.93  
   
Overtime
$17.00 - $46.65  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,500  
   
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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$24,883 - $74,011  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 57
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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.


For many Photo Retouchers, more experience generally translates to higher pay. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $35K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $45K. Photo Retouchers bring in $56K after working for 10 to 20 years. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $60K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

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 49%

Experienced
up arrow 39%

Mid-Career
up arrow 11%

National Average
$40,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 14%

Job Satisfaction

Satisfied
Rated 3 out of 5
based on 37 votes.

Gender

Female
60 %
Male
40 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 66% dental benefits Dental: 43%
vision benefits Vision: 30% employee benefits None: 32%