Packaging Engineer Salary

The average Packaging Engineer in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $64K annually. Total cash compensation to Packaging Engineers ranges from $49K on the lower end to $92K on the higher end; the final number includes potential for approximately $10K each from bonuses and profit sharing in exceptional cases. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by the specific employer, but geography and experience level are influential factors as well. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Male Packaging Engineers are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a large number earn dental coverage. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$49,695 - $89,225
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$65K
$89K
MEDIAN: $64,682
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$13.28 - $45.73
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$0$93K
Salary $49,695 - $89,225
Bonus $999 - $10,210
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $7,835
Total Pay (?
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$48,581 - $93,905
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 12 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 613
Hourly Data $0$51
Hourly Rate $13.28 - $45.73
Overtime $2.01 - $51.91
Annual Data $0$93K
Bonus $999 - $10,210
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $7,835
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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$48,581 - $93,905
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 12 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 52

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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.

Packaging Engineer Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Packaging Engineer


General Motors Corporation, Intel Corporation, Unilever, Medtronic, Inc., and Perrigo Company are leaders in the field that employ a large number of Packaging Engineers. Intel Corporation leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $100K. Also paying near the top of the field are Niagara Bottling, LLC at $81K, Medtronic, Inc. at $79K, and Perrigo Company, where Packaging Engineers annually earn $75K.

A few other companies with smaller-than-average paychecks include General Motors Corporation ($62K), Unilever ($71K), and Perrigo Company ($75K).

Popular Skills for Packaging Engineer


Packaging Engineers seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in Project Management, SAP Materials Management, Engineering Design, and Packaging are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 6 percent. 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. The majority of those who know Packaging also know Microsoft Office and Engineering Design.

Pay by Experience Level for Packaging Engineer

Pay by Experience for a Packaging Engineer has a positive trend. An entry-level Packaging Engineer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $63,000 based on 418 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Packaging Engineer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $74,000 based on 163 salaries. An experienced Packaging Engineer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $82,000 based on 98 salaries. A Packaging Engineer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $94,000 based on 42 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $66,159

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

San Jose offers some of the highest pay in the country for Packaging Engineers, 38 percent above the national average. Packaging Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+14 percent), Cincinnati (+12 percent), New York (+10 percent), and Columbus (+6 percent). Detroit is the lowest-paying area, 16 percent south of the national average. Milwaukee and Philadelphia are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 11 percent lower and 10 percent lower, respectively.

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
29 %
Male
71 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 78 votes.
Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
54%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
6%
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Experience Affects Packaging Engineer Salaries

▲42%

▲24%

▲12%

National Average
$66,000

▼5%

Skills That Affect Packaging Engineer Salaries




Packaging
▲1%

autodesk autocad
▲1%

National Average
$66,000


▼1%


▼2%


Six Sigma Green Belt
▼8%


Adobe Illustrator
▼24%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 78 votes.

Gender

Female
29 %
Male
71 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
54%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 81%
vision benefits
Vision: 70%
no benefits
None: 9%
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