Packaging Engineer Salary

Packaging Engineers are most sought-after in California, which is home to the three top-paying cities in the field: San Jose, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. Overall cash earnings for Packaging Engineers stretch from $49K on the lower end to $95K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $10K from bonuses and $8K from profit sharing. Geographic location is the main element affecting pay for this group — career duration and the particular employer are driving factors as well. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. Work is enjoyable for Packaging Engineers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Most Packaging Engineers survey respondents are men (77 percent). This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$49,656 - $90,933
(Median)
$50K
$66K
$91K
MEDIAN: $66,143
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$15.55 - $39.40
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$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 (?
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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


General Motors Corporation, Unilever, Medtronic, Inc., Perrigo Company, and Newell Rubbermaid Inc are all popular places to work. Heading up the field in terms of compensation, Medtronic, Inc. offers the most; Packaging Engineers earn $79K on average there.

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. For most people, competency in Packaging indicates knowledge of 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.


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. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $62K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $76K on average — a distinctly larger sum. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $84K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $87K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $66,642

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

Packaging Engineers in San Jose, San Francisco, and Los Angeles — all located in California — not only make more than the national average for those in this profession but represent the highest-paid cities in the country for Packaging Engineers. The lowest-paying market is Atlanta, which sits 4 percent below the national average. Workers in Bowling Green and Chicago earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (2 percent less and 1 percent less, 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.

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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
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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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