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Average Salary for Packaging Corporation of America Employees

The median income for Packaging Corporation of America employees is $65K per year. Your job title primarily drives compensation; however, your experience level and where you live are also reported as secondary influences on salary at Packaging Corporation of America. The data for this report comes from responses to the PayScale salary survey.

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Packaging Corporation of America typically pays:
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Employer: Packaging Corporation of America
Average Salary Range by Job
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National Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
[-]Project Engineer (3)
$56,362 - $111,597  
[-]Project Engineer (3)
Salary$57,261 - $107,341  
Total Pay$56,362 - $111,597  
[+]Package Design Engineer (2)
$32,148 - $71,784  
[+]Package Design Engineer (2)
Salary$32,677 - $69,575  
Bonus$390.68 - $6,198  
Total Pay$32,148 - $71,784  
[+]Accountant (2)
$47,193 - $86,991  
[+]Accountant (2)
Salary$46,706 - $83,790  
Bonus$523 - $9,950  
Total Pay$47,193 - $86,991  
[+]Accounting Associate (2)
$22,904 - $44,295  
[+]Accounting Associate (2)
Salary$24,676 - $45,305  
Total Pay$22,904 - $44,295  
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XPrecise ranges are calculated based on validated data submitted by employees in this job at this company.
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XWhen PayScale has limited employee-submitted data, we base estimated ranges on a broader set of relevant employee profiles to calculate the most accurate ranges for this job at this company.
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 28

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Project Engineers represent the higher end of the earnings spectrum — in fact, median pay for this job is the highest at about $83K annually — though Accountants, Package Design Engineers, and Accounting Associates also do fairly well at around $65K, $53K, and $31K, respectively.

Years of Experience

Workers who have been with the company for more than one year but less than five can make approximately $55K per year on average. Those who have five to nine years of work experience see average salaries of $63K annually. Overall, the greater share of Packaging Corporation of America folks have 20 years or more of experience and earn an average $80K per year.


Residents of Ashland, Ohio pick up paychecks that are higher than any other city — the median salary is $74K annually; other top-paying cities include Boise, Idaho (about $65K) and Salt Lake City, Utah ($53K). Within the company, workers earn the highest salaries (an average of approximately $83K per year) in Tennessee.

Certifications and Degrees

Monetary compensation comes to around $79K annually for Engineer in Trainings, far surpassing the earnings of non-credentialed workers. At Packaging Corporation of America, employees who hold a Bachelor's Degree receive the highest salaries at about $73K.


The highest-paying skill to have may be Computer Aided Design; employees who claim proficiency also report a higher average salary of $100K per year. One of the more prevalent skills at Packaging Corporation of America is Microsoft Office, with one-fifth considering it a key competency. Many workers are also familiar with Project Management, AutoCAD, and Microsoft Word.

Benefits and Perks

The company does pay out vacation and sick days, but these benefits are received by only 28 percent. To plan for old age, a large number of workers maintain savings accounts through the company's 401(k) plan. The vast majority of respondents receive health insurance, and a large number of employees get dental coverage. Employees can also look forward to a subsidized cell phone, life insurance, tuition reimbursement, and a casual working environment.

Key Stats for Packaging Corporation of America


48 %
52 %
$26,174 - $65,166
$52,888 - $105,000
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Job Satisfaction

Rated 3 out of 5
based on 7 votes.
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