Photo Retoucher Salary

Median pay for Photo Retouchers in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $47K annually. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Women make up a slight majority of Photo Retouchers (57 percent) survey respondents. Most people on this career path report moderate levels of job satisfaction. Although roughly a third lack health benefits of any kind, a majority do enjoy medical insurance, and just over two-fifths get dental coverage, too. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$34,110 - $72,293
(Median)
$34K
$47K
$72K
MEDIAN: $47,146
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$11.24 - $33.43
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$11
$18
$33
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$34,110 - $72,293  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,548  
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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$24,919 - $74,063  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 64
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$11.24 - $33.43  
   
Overtime
$17.45 - $46.33  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,548  
   
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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$24,919 - $74,063  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 64

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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. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $35K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $45K. Photo Retouchers bring in $52K after working for 10 to 20 years. Photo Retouchers who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $66K.

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 58%

Experienced
up arrow 25%

Mid-Career
up arrow 9%

National Average
$42,000

Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

Satisfied
Rated 3 out of 5
based on 38 votes.

Gender

Female
57 %
Male
43 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 66% dental benefits Dental: 42%
vision benefits Vision: 31% employee benefits None: 32%