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Packaging Engineer Salary

Pay for Packaging Engineers in the United States sits in the ballpark of $66K per year. In the world of Packaging Engineers, total cash compensation can vary between $48K and $96K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $10K and $9K, respectively. This group's pay is mainly influenced by residence, followed by years of experience and the particular employer. Almost all enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Packaging Engineers who answered the questionnnaire. Most Packaging Engineers like their work and job satisfaction is high. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$49,017 - $91,142
(Median)
$49K
$66K
$91K
MEDIAN: $65,748
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$14.09 - $38.71
(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$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$49,017 - $91,142  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,745  
Profit Sharing
$625 - $8,500  
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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$48,247 - $95,793  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 757
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.
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$14.09 - $38.71  
   
Overtime
$17.67 - $50.83  
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 - $9,745  
   
Profit Sharing
$625 - $8,500  
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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$48,247 - $95,793  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 70

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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


For Packaging Engineers, comfortable salaries can be found at Perrigo Company; in fact, median earnings sit around $75K, the highest in the area.

The pay scale is far from balanced at General Motors Corporation. While salaries on one end can reach $87K, the company's median pay sits at $61K, the lowest in the field.

Popular Skills for Packaging Engineer


Packaging Engineers seem to require a number of specific skills. 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 are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Adobe Photoshop, SolidWorks, and AutoCAD. For most people, competency in Microsoft Office indicates knowledge of AutoCAD, Packaging, and Engineering Design. Most people experienced in Project Management also know 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 who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $84K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $88K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


For Packaging Engineers, San Jose provides a pay rate that is 38 percent greater than the national average. Packaging Engineers will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+25 percent), New York (+15 percent), Dallas (+7 percent), and El Segundo (+6 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Charlotte, 20 percent below the national average. Employers pay around 5 percent less in Cincinnati and 2 percent less in Bowling Green, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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



Packaging
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National Average
$66,000

SAP Materials Management (SAP MM)
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Microsoft Office
up arrow 2%

Computer Aided Design (CAD)
up arrow 3%

up arrow 5%

SolidWorks
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 157 votes.

Gender

Female
22 %
Male
78 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 85%
vision benefits Vision: 70% employee benefits None: 6%
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