Home to the three top-paying cities for Packaging Engineers in the United States (San Jose, Los Angeles, and San Francisco), California dominates the job market for the field. In the world of Packaging Engineers, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $10K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $7K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $49K and $94K. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by residence, but career duration and the specific company are influential factors as well. Work is enjoyable for Packaging Engineers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Male Packaging Engineers are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$49,800 - $90,269
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MEDIAN: $65,270
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$15.65 - $44.49
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$49,800 - $90,269  
   
Bonus
$1,015 - $10,091  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $6,851  
Total Pay (?
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$49,210 - $93,737  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 598
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$15.65 - $44.49  
   
Overtime
$10.30 - $52.56  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$1,015 - $10,091  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $6,851  
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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$49,210 - $93,737  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 48

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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


General Motors Corporation, Intel Corporation, Unilever, Medtronic, Inc., and Perrigo Company are among the top companies that take on many Packaging Engineers. Intel Corporation leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $84K. Packaging Engineers will also find cushy salaries at Niagara Bottling, LLC (+$81K), Medtronic, Inc. (+$79K), and Perrigo Company (+$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


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Engineering Design, SAP Materials Management, and Packaging are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Adobe Photoshop and Computer Aided Design. It is often found that people who know Packaging are also skilled in 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.


For many Packaging Engineers, more experience generally translates to higher pay. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $63K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $75K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $83K in this role. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $95K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $66,844

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

Relative to Packaging Engineers in the rest of the country, Packaging Engineers in San Jose, Los Angeles, and San Francisco see salaries beyond the national average. In fact, these California cities offer more pay than any other American city. In Detroit, salaries are 17 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Employers pay around 12 percent less in Milwaukee and 9 percent less in Atlanta, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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
26 %
Male
74 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 67 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
54%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
7%
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Experience Affects Packaging Engineer Salaries




National Average
$67,000


Skills That Affect Packaging Engineer Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 67 votes.

Gender

Female
26 %
Male
74 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
54%
5-9 years
20%
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: 9%
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