Packaging Engineer Salary (United States)

A typical Packaging Engineer in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $66,364 annually. Pay begins at $48,062 on the low end and climbs to $97,172 per year near the top. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. In this profession, almost all employees individuals enjoy medical and dental coverage, and most have vision insurance, as well. Most Packaging Engineers are men (79 percent). Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The figures in this overview are derived from responses to the PayScale salary survey.
Packaging Engineer Salary (?
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.
)
$49,106 - $92,041
(Median)
49K
66K
77K
92K
MEDIAN: $65,647
10%
50%
75%
90%
Add this chart to your site: 640px    300px
Packaging Engineer Salary (?
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.
)
$15.00 - $39.76
(Median)
15
20
26
31
40
MEDIAN: $25.00
10%
25%
50%
75%
90%
Add this chart to your site: 640px    300px

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.
)
$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$49,106 - $92,041  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,856  
Profit Sharing
$484.79 - $8,312  
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).
)
$48,062 - $97,172  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 724
National Hourly Rate 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.
)
$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$15.00 - $39.76  
   
Overtime
$1.86 - $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.
)
$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,856  
   
Profit Sharing
$484.79 - $8,312  
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).
)
$48,062 - $97,172  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 74
Is Packaging Engineer your job title? Get a personalized salary report!
Location:
United States (change)
Years in Field/Career:

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.
Read More...
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.

Packaging Engineer Job Listings

Search for more jobs:
job title / company
location

Popular Skills for Packaging Engineer

Survey results suggest that Packaging Engineers use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Those who have experience with Project Management can expect to be compensated well for these skills, typically earning 9 percent more than the national average, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Adobe Photoshop and SolidWorks. Those educated in Microsoft Office tend to be well-versed in AutoCAD and Engineering Design. Those who learned Project Management also tend to know Engineering Design and Packaging.

Pay by Experience Level for Packaging Engineer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For Packaging Engineers, experience seems to be a major factor in determining pay. Though starting salaries approximate $61K, they climb to $77K after five to 10 years. Earnings total $83K after one to two decades. Paychecks show no signs of slowing down as Packaging Engineers approach two decades on the job—pay continues to accelerate and typical earnings come to $100K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 16 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise 6 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than 10 percent. Most of respondents report one to nine years of experience.

Pay Difference By Location

New York
up arrow 19%
Dallas
0%
National Average
$66,000
Minneapolis
up arrow 3%
Chicago
up arrow 4%
Cincinnati
up arrow 5%
Greenville
up arrow 8%
Larger circles over a city indicate a job is popular in that location.
For Packaging Engineers, working in the bustling city of New York has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Packaging Engineers will also find cushy salaries in El Segundo (+6 percent). In Greenville, salaries are 8 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Employers in Cincinnati and Chicago also lean toward paying below-median salaries (-5 percent and -4 percent, respectively).

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.

Related Job Salaries

Experience Affects Packaging Engineer Salaries

National Average
$66,000

Skills That Affect Packaging Engineer Salaries

Engineering Design
up arrow 2%
Packaging
0%
National Average
$66,000
Microsoft Office
up arrow 2%
AutoCAD
up arrow 2%
Computer Aided Design (CAD)
up arrow 3%
SAP Materials Management (SAP MM)
up arrow 3%
SolidWorks
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied Image
Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5 based on 204 votes.

Gender

Female
21%
female alumni
 
Male
79%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 86%
vision benefits Vision: 70% employee benefits None: 7%
Find Out Exactly What You Should Be Paid
Job Title:
Years in Field/Career:
Location:
United States (change)
- OR -