When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck ($115K per year) can be spotted in Lake Forest, Ill.; Manistee, Mich. ($68K), Salt Lake City, Utah (around $68K), and Boise, Idaho ($63K) are the next top-paying cities. On the lower end is San Lorenzo, Calif. at approximately $45K. Within the company, workers earn the highest salaries (an average of about $107K annually) in Ohio.
Years of Experience
For those with five to nine years of experience, average earnings amount to $58K per year. Those with one to four years of experience at the company can expect to make $55K annually on average. When we consider tenure, a substantial portion of employees (30 percent) have been working for 10-19 years and make around $68K per year on average.
Process Engineers represent the higher end of the earnings spectrum — in fact, median pay for this job is the highest at about $69K annually — though Production Supervisors, Human Resources Generalists, and Graphic Designers also do fairly well at $58K, approximately $54K, and $48K, respectively. Near the bottom at Packaging Corporation of America are Accounting Associates, pulling in an average of just approximately $43K.
Certifications and Degrees
OSHA Forklift Operator Certifications earn around $60K per year, far more than their non-accredited counterparts. At Packaging Corporation of America, employees who hold a Bachelor of Engineering in Bachelor of Engineering (BEng / BE) receive the highest salaries at $101K.
In this position, it pays to have Operations Management in your toolkit; employees who claim proficiency enjoy a higher median salary of about $89K annually. A common skill in Packaging Corporation of America's work force is Microsoft Excel; just under a third of survey participants report using it on the job. Microsoft Office, People Management, and Payroll Administration round out the set of key employee skills.
Benefits and Perks
Packaging Corporation of America lets only half of survey participants take paid vacation and only one in three workers take sick leave. Packaging Corporation of America sponsors a 401(k) program, and most respondents use this option to save for their retirement. Health insurance comes as part of the deal for nearly all employees, and the vast majority of survey participants report receiving dental coverage as well. A few more workplace perks are a company cell phone, a casual working environment, life insurance, and tuition reimbursement.