Occupational Employment Statistics


DETAILED OCCUPATION DATA

51-9151 Photographic Process Workers and Processing Machine Operators



Perform work involved in developing and processing photographic images from film or digital media. May perform precision tasks such as editing photographic negatives and prints.

Geography Click link for Career Profile EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Mean10th25thMedian75th90th
Southeast Minnesota 3012$22.36/hr$10.10/hr$10.10/hr$25.40/hr$29.24/hr$31.61/hr


IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
ManufacturingN/AN/A
Trade, Transportation and UtilitiesN/A$24.98/hr
InformationN/AN/A
Professional and Business ServicesN/A$25.48/hr
Leisure and HospitalityN/AN/A
Other Services470$13.26/hr
Public AdministrationN/AN/A
 
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Northwest Minnesota N/AN/AN/A
Southwest Minnesota N/AN/AN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Rochester MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
St Cloud MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Southwest Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
Southeast Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
Central Minnesota 30$23.74/hr-6.5%
Southeast Minnesota 30$25.40/hr-20.5%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 660$15.82/hr-11.3%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 660$15.86/hrN/A
Minnesota 740$16.91/hr-16.8%


Occupations Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Office Machine Operators, Except Computer 1,300$18.47/hr-12.7%
Printing Press Operators 6,180$20.68/hr-5.8%
Print Binding and Finishing Workers 2,490$18.09/hr-5.9%


  • Monitor equipment operation to detect malfunctions.
  • Select digital images for printing, specify number of images to be printed, and direct to printer, using computer software.
  • Create prints according to customer specifications and laboratory protocols.
  • Maintain records, such as quantities or types of processing completed, materials used, or customer charges.
  • Produce color or black-and-white photographs, negatives, or slides, applying standard photographic reproduction techniques and procedures.
  • Load circuit boards, racks or rolls of film, negatives, or printing paper into processing or printing machines.
  • Review computer-processed digital images for quality.
  • Load digital images onto computers directly from cameras or from storage devices, such as flash memory cards or universal serial bus (USB) devices.
  • Insert processed negatives and prints into envelopes for delivery to customers.
  • Operate scanners or related computer equipment to digitize negatives, photographic prints, or other images.