Packaging Engineer Salary

For Packaging Engineers, yearly average wages total $66K annually. With some bonuses approaching $10K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $8K, overall incomes of Packaging Engineers spread between $48K and $96K depending on individual performance. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is geographic location, though career duration and the particular employer have a (lesser) impact as well. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. Most Packaging Engineers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Making up 78 percent of those who took the survey, male Packaging Engineers greatly outnumber their female counterparts. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$49,017 - $91,404
(Median)
$49K
$66K
$91K
MEDIAN: $65,877
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$14.19 - $38.64
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$14
$26
$39
MEDIAN: $26.00
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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$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$49,017 - $91,404  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,702  
Profit Sharing
$513 - $8,187  
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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$48,334 - $96,007  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 755
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$14.19 - $38.64  
   
Overtime
$17.71 - $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.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,702  
   
Profit Sharing
$513 - $8,187  
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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$48,334 - $96,007  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 71
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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


Perrigo Company offers the largest salaries in town — $75K on average.

Offering only $61K on average, General Motors Corporation seems to pay the least. Moreover, the pay scale seems pretty narrow there; employees make $50K on the lower end and $87K on the higher end.

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 Microsoft Office are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Adobe Photoshop, AutoCAD, and SolidWorks. Those who learned Project Management also tend to know Packaging and Engineering Design. Those educated in Microsoft Office tend to be well versed in 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. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $61K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $75K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $84K in this role. Packaging Engineers with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $87K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Packaging Engineers, busy San Jose offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 37 percent above the national average. Packaging Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+25 percent), New York (+21 percent), Dallas (+5 percent), and El Segundo (+4 percent). Charlotte is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 20 percent. Cincinnati and Bowling Green are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 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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AutoCAD
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SolidWorks
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 143 votes.

Gender

Female
22 %
Male
78 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 85%
vision benefits Vision: 69% employee benefits None: 7%
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