Packaging Engineer Salary

Packaging Engineers in the United States take home approximately $66K annually on average. With some bonuses approaching $10K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $8K, overall incomes of Packaging Engineers spread between $48K and $96K depending on individual performance. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by geography, but career duration and the individual firm are influential factors as well. Making up 78 percent of those who took the survey, male Packaging Engineers greatly outnumber their female counterparts. Job satisfaction for Packaging Engineers is high. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$49,083 - $91,422
(Median)
$49K
$66K
$91K
MEDIAN: $65,903
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$14.29 - $38.57
(Median)
$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$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$49,083 - $91,422  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,707  
Profit Sharing
$513 - $8,187  
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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$48,334 - $96,007  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 754
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 - $9,707  
   
Profit Sharing
$513 - $8,187  
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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$48,334 - $96,007  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 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


Those at Perrigo Company can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $75K.

Though lagging the field in terms of compensation — General Motors Corporation offers the lowest median salary at $61K — pay within the company still varies considerably between $50K and $87K.

Popular Skills for Packaging Engineer


Packaging Engineers generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. 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 Computer Aided Design. Those educated in Microsoft Office tend to be well versed in AutoCAD and Packaging. A tool kit that includes Project Management also typically contains Packaging and Engineering Design.

Pay by Experience Level for Packaging Engineer

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


For Packaging Engineers, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $61K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $75K. Packaging Engineers see a median salary of $84K after reaching one to two decades on the job. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $87K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location


San Jose is home to an above-average pay rate for Packaging Engineers, 37 percent higher than the national average. Packaging Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+25 percent), New York (+21 percent), Dallas (+5 percent), and El Segundo (+4 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Charlotte, 20 percent below the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Cincinnati (5 percent less) and Bowling Green (2 percent less).

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



National Average
$66,000

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

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 143 votes.

Gender

Female
22 %
Male
78 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 84%
vision benefits Vision: 69% employee benefits None: 7%
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