Packaging Engineer Salary

Packaging Engineers in the United States pull down an average of $66K per year. In the world of Packaging Engineers, overall income ranges from $48K near the bottom to $96K at the top; this can include more than $10K from bonuses and more than $8K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration and the individual firm. The majority of Packaging Engineers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Packaging Engineers who answered the questionnnaire. Almost all enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$49,030 - $90,870

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$14.48 - $39.11

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$49,030 - $90,870  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,754  
Profit Sharing
$491.32 - $7,933  
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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$48,201 - $95,655  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 759
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$14.48 - $39.11  
   
Overtime
$17.76 - $51.49  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,754  
   
Profit Sharing
$491.32 - $7,933  
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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$48,201 - $95,655  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 74
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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 seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Perrigo Company, where the average salary comes to $75K.

Popular Skills for Packaging Engineer


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills 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. Skills that pay less than market rate include Adobe Photoshop, AutoCAD, and Computer Aided Design. It is often found that people who know Project Management are also skilled in Packaging and Engineering Design. The majority of those who know Microsoft Office also know AutoCAD 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 does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. The average beginner in this position makes around $61K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $75K. Packaging Engineers bring in $84K after working for 10 to 20 years. Packaging Engineers who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $87K.

Pay Difference by Location


San Jose is home to an above-average pay rate for Packaging Engineers, 38 percent higher than the national average. Packaging Engineers will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+25 percent), New York (+21 percent), Dallas (+6 percent), and El Segundo (+5 percent). Trailing the national average by 19 percent, Charlotte is the market with the smallest paychecks. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Cincinnati and Bowling Green (5 percent lower and 2 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
$66,000


Skills That Affect Packaging Engineer Salaries



Packaging
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National Average
$66,000

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

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 141 votes.

Gender

Female
21 %
Male
79 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 84%
vision benefits Vision: 69% employee benefits None: 7%
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