When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (around $115K annually) can be spotted in Lake Forest, Ill.; Los Angeles, Calif. ($84K), Manistee, Mich. (approximately $68K), and Waco, Texas (about $60K) are the next top-paying cities. Approaching the lower end of the pay scale (at $44K) is San Lorenzo, Calif. Across Packaging Corporation of America's U.S. offices, employees in the state of Illinois earn the most, taking home $93K per year.
Years of Experience
Respondents who have been working for five to nine years make around $55K annually on average. For those with one to four years of experience, median paychecks reach $50K per year. The greater proportion of employees (28 percent) report 10-19 years of experience and bring home median pay of $64K annually.
Process Engineers rake in the most money, with average earnings of approximately $69K per year; Production Supervisors come in second with average earnings amounting to about $60K, while Human Resources Generalists and Graphic Designers rank near the top as well ($54K and around $48K, respectively). Packaging Corporation of America hands out some of the smallest paychecks to Accounting Associates (approximately $43K on average).
Certifications and Degrees
First Aid Administrators have significantly higher pay than non-accredited workers at $66K annually. Becoming an OSHA Forklift Operator Certification can certainly pay off here; those folks make $62K on average. The best paid folks at Packaging Corporation of America have a Bachelor of Engineering in Bachelor of Engineering (BEng / BE), earning about $101K per year.
The highest-paying skill to have may be Operations Management; employees who claim proficiency also report a higher average salary of $88K annually. A relatively widespread skill at Packaging Corporation of America is Microsoft Office; just under a third of employees use it for work. Many workers are also familiar with Microsoft Excel, Accounts Payable, and Production Management.
Benefits and Perks
Only half of survey participants at Packaging Corporation of America enjoy paid vacation time, and just 29 percent can take sick leave. A large number of survey participants plan for retirement by taking advantage of the company-sponsored 401(k) program. Health insurance comes as part of the deal for almost all employees, and a large number of employees report receiving dental coverage as well. The company also dishes out perks such as a casual working environment, life insurance, a subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.