How Much Do Photo Lab Technicians Make in 2021 (including Starting Salary)

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2021 Annual Salary, Salary Range, and Highest Paying States and Industries

Photographic Process Workers and Processing Machine Operators

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.

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Table of contents
  1. Average salary
  2. Starting salary
  3. Salary rank
  4. Salary range
  5. Highest paying states
  6. Highest paying industries

Average salary

Annual salary
$39390 per year
Hourly wage
$19 per hour

Starting salary

Entry-level annual salary
$23,850 to $28,140 per year
Entry-level hourly wage
$11 to $14 per hour

Entry-level Photographic Process Workers and Processing Machine Operators with little to no experience can expect to make anywhere between $23,850 to $28,140 per year or $11 to $14 per hour. Similar to any other job, their salary will increase as they gain experience.

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Salary rank

Salary rank

We wanted to make it easy for our readers to compare the salary of Photographic Process Workers and Processing Machine Operators to all the other careers out there. So we created Salary Rank. We compared the salary of all careers then we gave them a rank of A, B, C, or D depending on where their average salary sit in comparison to other careers.

Salary range

Level Hourly Annual
Highest (Top 10%) $30 $61,950
Senior (Top 25%) $23 $47,870
Middle (Mid 50%) $17 $34,720
Junior (Bottom 25%) $14 $28,140
No experience (Bottom 10%) $11 $23,850

Highest paying states

State Hourly Annual
NY $23 $48,720
OR $22 $45,430
MO $22 $45,320
CA $21 $43,660
FL $20 $42,030
IL $20 $42,030
CO $20 $41,790
NE $20 $41,750
AZ $20 $40,590
WA $20 $40,580

Another simple way to increase your salary as a Photographic Process Worker and Processing Machine Operator is to move to a higher paying state. However moving to a higher paying state like NY doesn’t guarantee that you will make more because the expenses at NY might be much higher than where you are currently living at right now.

According to BLS, the highest paid Photo Lab Technicians are in the states of NY, OR, MO, CA and FL.

Highest paying industries

Salary by industry Annual Hourly
Management of Companies and Enterprises $54530 $26.22
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers $52950 $25.45
Local Government $51250 $24.64
Motion Picture and Video Industries $50930 $24.49
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers $50570 $24.31
Electronic Shopping and Mail-Order Houses $48830 $23.48
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools $46310 $22.26
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing $43790 $21.05
Specialized Design Services $42950 $20.65
Manufacturing and Reproducing Magnetic and Optical Media $41780 $20.08
Employment Services $41720 $20.06
Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers $40920 $19.67
Electronics and Appliance Stores $40680 $19.56
General Merchandise Stores $40290 $19.37
State Government $39840 $19.15
Other Personal Services $39470 $18.98
Printing and Related Support Activities $38770 $18.64
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services $37550 $18.05
Other Information Services $37000 $17.79
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services $36950 $17.76
Business Support Services $34460 $16.57
Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing $33380 $16.05
Health and Personal Care Stores $28890 $13.89

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