Packaging Engineer Salary

California is the promised land for Packaging Engineers; the three top-paying cities in America are San Jose, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. Total cash compensation to Packaging Engineers approaches anywhere from $49K on the lower end to $95K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $10K from bonuses and upwards of $8K from profit sharing. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration and the particular employer. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Most enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Most Packaging Engineers survey respondents are men (77 percent). The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$49,656 - $90,933
(Median)
$50K
$66K
$91K
MEDIAN: $66,143
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50%
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$15.55 - $39.40
(Median)
$16
$27
$39
MEDIAN: $26.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$49,656 - $90,933  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,801  
Profit Sharing
$299.00 - $8,009  
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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$48,805 - $95,170  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 815
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$15.55 - $39.40  
   
Overtime
$17.92 - $52.03  
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
$0.00 - $9,801  
   
Profit Sharing
$299.00 - $8,009  
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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$48,805 - $95,170  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 86
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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


Packaging Engineers flock to General Motors Corporation, Unilever, Medtronic, Inc., Perrigo Company, and Newell Rubbermaid Inc, highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. Medtronic, Inc. offers the largest salaries in town — $79K on average.

Popular Skills for Packaging Engineer


Survey results suggest that Packaging Engineers use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Six Sigma Green Belt, Engineering Design, Project Management, and SAP Materials Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 8 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Adobe Photoshop. Most people skilled in Packaging are similarly competent 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.


Packaging Engineers do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. The average beginner in this position makes around $62K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $76K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $84K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $87K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $66,642

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

There's tons of opportunity for Packaging Engineers in California, which is home to the top three paying cities in the field. San Jose, San Francisco, and Los Angeles all offer salaries above the national rate. With compensation 4 percent below the national average, Atlanta is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Bowling Green and Chicago (2 percent lower and 1 percent lower, respectively).

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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
$67,000


Skills That Affect Packaging Engineer Salaries

Six Sigma Green Belt
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SAP Materials Management (SAP MM)
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Packaging
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National Average
$67,000

Microsoft Office
up arrow 1%

Computer Aided Design (CAD)
up arrow 2%

AutoCAD
up arrow 3%

SolidWorks
up arrow 3%

Adobe Photoshop
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 128 votes.

Gender

Female
23 %
Male
77 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 83%
medical benefits
Vision: 69%
dental benefits
None: 9%
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