For Packaging Engineers, annual average wages total $65K per year. In the world of Packaging Engineers, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $10K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $6K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $49K and $93K. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is residence, followed by career length and the specific company. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Male Packaging Engineers are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$49,293 - $89,272
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$49K
$65K
$89K
MEDIAN: $64,790
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$16.05 - $44.49
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$16
$28
$44
MEDIAN: $28.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$49,293 - $89,272  
   
Bonus
$988 - $9,853  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $6,159  
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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$48,626 - $92,573  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 570
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$16.05 - $44.49  
   
Overtime
$23.85 - $52.82  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$988 - $9,853  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $6,159  
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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$48,626 - $92,573  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 48
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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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General Motors Corporation, Unilever, Medtronic, Inc., Perrigo Company, and Newell Rubbermaid Inc are some prominent firms with considerable interest in employing a large team of Packaging Engineers. Niagara Bottling, LLC leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $81K.

Popular Skills for Packaging Engineer


Packaging Engineers seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in Engineering Design, Project Management, SAP Materials Management, and Six Sigma Green Belt are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 5 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Adobe Photoshop, Computer Aided Design, and Microsoft Excel. The majority of those who know Packaging also know 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. The average beginner in this position makes around $62K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $74K. Packaging Engineers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $81K. Packaging Engineers who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $92K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $66,014

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San Jose offers some of the highest pay in the country for Packaging Engineers, 38 percent above the national average. Packaging Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Cincinnati (+13 percent), Los Angeles (+11 percent), New York (+11 percent), and San Francisco (+11 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Detroit, 17 percent below the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Atlanta (8 percent lower) and Columbus (2 percent lower).

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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



SAP Materials Management (SAP MM)
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Six Sigma Green Belt
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$66,000

Microsoft Office
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SolidWorks
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AutoCAD
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Microsoft Excel
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Computer Aided Design (CAD)
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 65 votes.

Gender

Female
26 %
Male
74 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 79%
medical benefits
Vision: 67%
dental benefits
None: 10%
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