Years of Experience
For those who claim five to nine years of work experience, pay on average amounts to $55K per year. Those with one to four years of experience at the company can expect to make $53K annually on average. The greater proportion of employees (30 percent) report 10-19 years of experience and bring home median pay of $60K per year.
When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (approximately $115K annually) can be spotted in Lake Forest, Ill.; Manistee, Mich. (around $68K), Salt Lake City, Utah (about $68K), and Waco, Texas (around $60K) are the next top-paying cities. At about $44K, San Lorenzo, Calif. is home to some of the lowest pay in the country. The highest pay by state can be found in Illinois, where salaries average out at approximately $93K per year.
The highest paychecks go to Maintenance Managers, who earn an average $76K annually, closely trailed by Process Engineers ($69K), Production Supervisors ($58K), and Human Resources Generalists ($54K). On the lower end are Customer Service Representatives at around $37K on average.
Certifications and Degrees
Monetary compensation comes to approximately $60K per year for OSHA Forklift Operator Certifications, far surpassing the earnings of non-credentialed workers. The highest-paying degree here is a Bachelor of Engineering in Bachelor of Engineering (BEng / BE); Packaging Corporation of America awards about $101K to these degree-holders.
The best-paying skill to have in this role appears to be People Management; employees who claim this ability report median compensation of $64K annually. Folks here also tend to know Microsoft Excel; on the survey, just under one in three of workers named it in their skills portfolios. Three more common skills are Microsoft Office, Microsoft Word, and Accounts Payable.
Benefits and Perks
Paid time off is scarce, with only about one-half of survey participants receiving paid vacation and slightly less than a third of workers receiving sick leave. A 401(k) program is available, and a large number of workers use it to save for retirement. Nearly all respondents report having health insurance, and a large number of employees report having dental coverage. Some other advantages of working at Packaging Corporation of America are a casual working environment, life insurance, a company cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.