Packaging Engineer Salary

An average Packaging Engineer in the United States can expect to take home roughly $65K annually. Total cash compensation for Packaging Engineers runs from $48K to $95K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $10K and profit sharing that can reach almost $8K. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is geography, though experience level and the specific company have a (lesser) impact as well. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Packaging Engineers who answered the questionnnaire. Most Packaging Engineers like their work and job satisfaction is high. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$49,019 - $90,722
(Median)
$49K
$65K
$91K
MEDIAN: $65,203
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$14.29 - $38.57
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$14
$26
$39
MEDIAN: $25.00
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National Salary 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.
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$49,019 - $90,722  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,775  
Profit Sharing
$723 - $8,339  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$48,103 - $95,328  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 747
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$14.29 - $38.57  
   
Overtime
$17.71 - $50.75  
National Annualized 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.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,775  
   
Profit Sharing
$723 - $8,339  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$48,103 - $95,328  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 72

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Job Description for Packaging Engineer

Packaging engineers are responsible for developing effective packaging models for their organization, using a variety of tools and software applications to create packaging that fits projects' requirements. One of their main responsibilities is to analyze materials and propose changes to increase efficiency and optimize use of company resources. Packaging engineers generate ideas that help with implementation and testing processes, and they also use a personal computer to create designs with specific packaging characteristics. Packaging engineers create innovative solutions for structural packaging based on business concepts, build strong business relationships with internal departments, and incorporate consumer and industry research into packaging offerings. These engineers must have an understanding of pricing architecture and model costs, in addition to possible obstacles in the testing phase. They complete complex reports about the packaging components and possible changes to improve maneuverability of the final product. They work well in a team environment with other packaging specialists and engineers and report their progress to the packaging director or manager in their department.

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Packaging Engineer Tasks

  • Analyzes and develops design options for structure, systems, and components.
  • Determines manpower and cost estimates for packaging procedures.
  • Evaluates packaging and transporting methods and procedures.
  • Identifies packaging materials to eliminate damage or contamination of shipments.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Packaging Engineer


Perrigo Company attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area — the median in that office is $75K.

Employees of General Motors Corporation can expect to make the least, with the company offering a median salary of $61K; however, pay is widely dispersed from top to bottom, ranging from $50K to $87K.

Popular Skills for Packaging Engineer


Packaging Engineers report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Engineering Design, Packaging, and SAP Materials Management (SAP MM) are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Adobe Photoshop, AutoCAD, and SolidWorks. For most people, competency in Microsoft Office indicates knowledge of AutoCAD, Packaging, and Engineering Design. Most people familiar with Project Management also know Packaging.

Pay by Experience Level for Packaging Engineer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $61K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $74K. Packaging Engineers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $83K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $86K.

Pay Difference by Location


Packaging Engineers will find that San Jose offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 39 percent. Packaging Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+26 percent), New York (+23 percent), Atlanta (+8 percent), and Dallas (+8 percent). In Charlotte, salaries are 17 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Employers pay around 5 percent less in Cincinnati and 3 percent less in Columbus, below-median salaries for those in this field.

Packaging Engineer Reviews

What is it like working as a Packaging Engineer?

Packaging Engineer in Dallas:
"The Supervisor."
Pros: Packaging Science is a unique skill and having an appreciation for the powerful effect that packaging can have on the ability of it to protect the customers end product is awesome.
Cons: The need to monitor and budget shipping material expenses.

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Experience Affects Packaging Engineer Salaries




National Average
$66,000


Skills That Affect Packaging Engineer Salaries


Engineering Design
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National Average
$66,000

Packaging
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SAP Materials Management (SAP MM)
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Microsoft Office
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Computer Aided Design (CAD)
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SolidWorks
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 163 votes.

Gender

Female
22 %
Male
78 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 84%
vision benefits Vision: 68% employee benefits None: 7%