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Packaging Engineer Salary

Packaging Engineers in the United States pull down an average of $65K annually. In the world of Packaging Engineers, overall income ranges from $47K 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. Geography is the main element affecting pay for this group — career duration and the specific company are driving factors as well. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Packaging Engineers who answered the questionnnaire. Medical and dental coverage is claimed by nearly all, and the greater part earn vision coverage. Job satisfaction for Packaging Engineers is high. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
$48,787 - $91,546
(Median)
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65K
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MEDIAN: $65,451
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$14.29 - $37.67
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National Salary Data

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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$48,787 - $91,546  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,681  
Profit Sharing
$481.77 - $8,339  
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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$47,431 - $96,393  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 737
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$14.29 - $37.67  
   
Overtime
$1.91 - $50.67  
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 - $9,681  
   
Profit Sharing
$481.77 - $8,339  
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).
)
$47,431 - $96,393  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 72
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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


Bringing up the rear, General Motors Corporation's median pay of $62K is the lowest in town; however, employee salaries widely range, with some making up to $87K.

Popular Skills for Packaging Engineer


Packaging Engineers report using a diverse set of skills on the job. 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 seem to negatively impact pay include Adobe Photoshop, SolidWorks, and Computer Aided Design. For most people, competency in Microsoft Office indicates knowledge of AutoCAD and Engineering Design. Skill sets containing Project Management also tend to include Engineering Design and Packaging.

Pay by Experience Level for Packaging Engineer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Packaging Engineers with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $61K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $74K. Packaging Engineers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $83K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $88K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Packaging Engineers, San Jose provides a pay rate that is 42 percent greater than the national average. Packaging Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+23 percent), Los Angeles (+15 percent), El Segundo (+6 percent), and Columbus (+5 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Charlotte, 16 percent below the national average. Cincinnati and Greenville are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 4 percent lower and 2 percent lower, 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
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Packaging
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SAP Materials Management (SAP MM)
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National Average
$66,000

Microsoft Office
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AutoCAD
up arrow 3%

Computer Aided Design (CAD)
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SolidWorks
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 180 votes.

Gender

Female
22 %
Male
78 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 86%
vision benefits Vision: 70% employee benefits None: 7%