Photo Retoucher Salary
|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).)
|$28,315 - $80,036|
|Hourly Rate||$11.81 - $39.66|
|Overtime||$15.51 - $61.19|
|Bonus||$501 - $8,443|
|Total Pay (||$28,315 - $80,036|
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.Read More...
Photo retouchers generally work within the multimedia/graphic design departments of companies. They often work in teams of 4-5 people and generally report to those responsible for the overall direction and guidelines of particular projects.
Education requirements vary for this job, and those with a bachelor's degree may be preferred by some employers. For those who do not have a degree, extensive work experience (especially within the graphic design industry) will be extremely valuable. Many companies may prefer individuals who have more practical work experience than academic credentials.
A photo retoucher’s workday is not always ordinary. Depending on the company for which they work, they may sometimes be required to stay after hours or work on weekends; this is particularly common when there is a major project that must be finished by a specific time. There is some flexibility in this job, as some photo retouchers do work from home; freelance opportunities may be available, as well. (Copyright 2018 PayScale.com)
Photo Retoucher Tasks
- Retouch images to customer specifications.
- Perform image manipulations or edits as directed.
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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
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.
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