For Photo Retouchers, annual average wages total $46K per year. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. For the most part, Photo Retouchers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — approximately one-third lack coverage. On the flip side, the larger part have medical insurance and roughly one-half receive dental plans. The majority of Photo Retouchers (64 percent) who took the survey are women. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$30,812 - $76,005
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$46K
$76K
MEDIAN: $45,604
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$10.93 - $37.97
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$30,812 - $76,005  
   
Bonus
$950 - $6,750  
Total Pay (?
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$25,682 - $80,681  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 89
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$10.93 - $37.97  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.83  
Overtime
$18.91 - $61.19  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$950 - $6,750  
   
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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$25,682 - $80,681  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 84

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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, facility with Adobe Illustrator and Adobe InDesign are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 27 percent and 5 percent, respectively. Adobe Lightroom, on the other hand, is typically associated with much lower pay. Employees educated in Adobe InDesign are typically practiced in Adobe Photoshop, too.

Pay by Experience Level for Photo Retoucher

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


Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $38K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $51K. Photo Retouchers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $51K. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $70K.

Photo Retoucher Reviews

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 18 votes.
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Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
13%
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Experience Affects Photo Retoucher Salaries

Late-Career
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Mid-Career
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Experienced
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National Average
$42,000


Skills That Affect Photo Retoucher Salaries

Adobe Illustrator
up arrow 27%

Adobe InDesign
up arrow 5%

Adobe Photoshop
0%

National Average
$42,000

Adobe Lightroom
up arrow 26%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 18 votes.

Gender

Female
64 %
Male
36 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 63%
dental benefits
Dental: 48%
vision benefits
Vision: 35%
dental benefits
None: 33%
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