The wavelet compression technique was applied to turbulent image processing for reducing physical storage and extracting the compact dominant features in this study. The two compression methods, called zone and threshold compression, were employed. It was found that a high order wavelet basis provided good compression performance for compressing turbulent images and two compression methods exhibited almost same performance. It was realized that the compressed image had both lower compress ratio and larger correlation coefficients. By changing compression ratio the compressed images exhibited different scale structures in turbulent jet. This indicated clear that large-scale structure dominates the jet.