Packaging Engineer Salary

Packaging Engineers in the United States can expect wages of $65K per year on average. Cash earnings for Packaging Engineers — including $10K in bonuses and $7K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $49K to $94K depending on individual performance. The company is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the particular city and years of experience. Most Packaging Engineers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Most Packaging Engineers survey respondents are men (73 percent). Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$49,531 - $90,172
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$65K
$90K
MEDIAN: $65,189
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$15.26 - $44.36
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$49,531 - $90,172  
   
Bonus
$1,027 - $10,131  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $7,213  
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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$48,691 - $93,594  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 561
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$15.26 - $44.36  
   
Overtime
$6.00 - $52.45  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$1,027 - $10,131  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $7,213  
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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$48,691 - $93,594  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 49
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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

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

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Popular Employer Salaries for Packaging Engineer


Leading companies who hire large numbers of Packaging Engineers include General Motors Corporation, Intel Corporation, Unilever, Medtronic, Inc., and Perrigo Company. The biggest paychecks can be found at Intel Corporation — the median salary there is $100K. Niagara Bottling, LLC, Medtronic, Inc., and Perrigo Company are a few other companies that offer generous salaries, with Packaging Engineers earning around $81K, $79K, or $75K at each firm, respectively.

General Motors Corporation, Unilever and Perrigo Company are three other employers with a reputation for below-average pay, showing salaries around $62K, $71K, and $75K.

Popular Skills for Packaging Engineer


Survey results imply that Packaging Engineers deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Project Management, SAP Materials Management, Engineering Design, and Packaging are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing Adobe Illustrator as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Adobe Photoshop and Six Sigma Green Belt also typically command lower compensation. Most people familiar with Packaging also know Microsoft Office and Engineering Design.

Pay by Experience Level for Packaging Engineer

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


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $63K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $74K. Packaging Engineers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $82K. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $94K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $66,710

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Packaging Engineers will find that San Jose offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 36 percent. Packaging Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+12 percent), Cincinnati (+11 percent), New York (+9 percent), and Columbus (+5 percent). With compensation 17 percent below the national average, Detroit is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Employers also pay below the national average in Milwaukee and Philadelphia (12 percent lower).

Packaging Engineer Reviews

Q: 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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Key Stats for Packaging Engineer

Gender

Female
27 %
Male
73 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 61 votes.
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
7%
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Experience Affects Packaging Engineer Salaries

▲41%

▲23%

▲11%

National Average
$67,000

▼5%

Skills That Affect Packaging Engineer Salaries




Packaging
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autodesk autocad
▼0%

National Average
$67,000

▼1%



▼3%


Six Sigma Green Belt
▼9%


Adobe Illustrator
▼24%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 61 votes.

Gender

Female
27 %
Male
73 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 80%
vision benefits
Vision: 69%
dental benefits
None: 10%
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