$49,032
Avg. Salary
$19.00
Avg. Hourly Rate
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The average pay for a Photo Retoucher is $19.00 per hour.

The average pay for a Photo Retoucher is $49,032 per year.

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$11.60
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$41.55
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MEDIAN $49,032
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$0$81K
Salary $33,707 - $72,799
Bonus $495 - $5,135
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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$28,408 - $81,935
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 12 Mar 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 149
Hourly Data $0$63
Hourly Rate $11.60 - $41.55
Hourly Tips $0.83
Overtime $15.57 - $63.86
Annual Data $0$81K
Bonus $495 - $5,135
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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$28,408 - $81,935
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 12 Mar 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 152

Job Description

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


Just a handful of professional skills are reported by Photo Retouchers who took the survey. 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. Competency in Adobe InDesign frequently indicates knowledge of Adobe Photoshop.

Pay by Experience Level

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

13%

National Average: $45,485

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

Surpassing the national average by 28 percent, Photo Retouchers in Chicago receive some of the highest pay in the country. Photo Retouchers will also find cushy salaries in Atlanta (+14 percent) and New York (+8 percent). Photo Retouchers in Seattle earn salaries far below the national average by 21 percent, proving that geography overwhelmingly affects the pay scale for those in this field.

Job 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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Gender

Female
58 %
Male
42 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 41 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
14%

How Experience Affects Salaries

▲49%

Mid-Career
▲14%

Experienced
▲12%

National Average
$45,000

▼16%

How Skills Affect Salaries

Adobe Illustrator
▲19%

National Average
$45,000



Adobe Lightroom
▼31%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 41 votes.

Gender

Female
58 %
Male
42 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 62%
dental benefits
Dental: 48%
vision benefits
Vision: 36%
no benefits
None: 35%