Photo Retoucher Salary

Photo Retouchers in the United States can expect to earn an average of $49K per year. Experience level 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. While some workers in this profession — roughly a third — do not have any health coverage, the greater part do receive medical benefits and around half have dental insurance. Women account for the majority of Photo Retouchers who responded to the questionnaire — 62 percent to be exact. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$33,464 - $74,613
$33K
$49K
$75K
MEDIAN: $49,005
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$11.81 - $39.66
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$0$80K
Salary $33,464 - $74,613
Bonus $501 - $8,443
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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$28,315 - $80,036
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 17 Jan 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 162
Hourly Data $0$61
Hourly Rate $11.81 - $39.66
Hourly Tips $0.83
Overtime $15.51 - $61.19
Annual Data $0$80K
Bonus $501 - $8,443
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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$28,315 - $80,036
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 17 Jan 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 159

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.

Photo Retoucher Job Listings

Popular Skills for Photo Retoucher


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 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: $45,266

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.

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
53 %
Male
47 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 38 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
31%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
13%

Experience Affects Photo Retoucher Salaries

▲50%

Mid-Career
▲14%

Experienced
▲12%

National Average
$45,000

▼16%

Skills That Affect Photo Retoucher Salaries

Adobe Illustrator
▲19%

National Average
$45,000



Adobe Lightroom
▼31%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 38 votes.

Gender

Female
53 %
Male
47 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
31%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 65%
dental benefits
Dental: 46%
vision benefits
Vision: 37%
no benefits
None: 33%