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Packaging Engineer Salary (United States)

Packaging Engineers in the United States typically take home $66K per year. Cash earnings for Packaging Engineers — including $10K in bonuses and $8K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $48K to $97K depending on individual performance. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical and dental benefits are awarded to nearly all, and a fair portion earn vision coverage. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Packaging Engineers. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. This outline is based on answers to PayScale's salary survey.
Packaging Engineer Salary (?
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$49,106 - $92,041
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MEDIAN: $65,647
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Packaging Engineer Salary (?
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$15.00 - $39.76
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National Salary Data

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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$49,106 - $92,041  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,856  
Profit Sharing
$484.79 - $8,312  
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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$48,062 - $97,172  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 724
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$15.00 - $39.76  
   
Overtime
$1.86 - $50.75  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,856  
   
Profit Sharing
$484.79 - $8,312  
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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$48,062 - $97,172  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | 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 Skills for Packaging Engineer

Survey results suggest that Packaging Engineers put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Engineering Design, Packaging, and Microsoft Office are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Adobe Photoshop and SolidWorks. Most people skilled in Microsoft Office are similarly competent in AutoCAD and Engineering Design. The majority of those who know Project Management also know 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 generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. 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 with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $83K. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $92K. Workers in this area tend to have one to nine years of experience. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up around one in six of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than one in ten, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than 10 percent.

Pay Difference By Location

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$66,000
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For Packaging Engineers, New York provides a pay rate that is 19 percent greater than the national average. Packaging Engineers will also find cushy salaries in El Segundo (+6 percent). Greenville is the lowest-paying area, 8 percent south of the national average. Employers in Cincinnati and Chicago also lean toward paying below-median salaries (5 percent lower and 4 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.

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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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National Average
$66,000
Microsoft Office
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AutoCAD
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Computer Aided Design (CAD)
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SAP Materials Management (SAP MM)
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SolidWorks
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Job Satisfaction

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Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5 based on 204 votes.

Gender

Female
21%
female alumni
 
Male
79%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

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