Packer Salary

Packers in the United States can expect wages of $10.35 per hour on average. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Among folks in this role, job satisfaction levels approximately match the national average. Some workers in this field — over a third — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by more than half and dental plans are enjoyed by just over two-fifths. Women Packers who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$18,000 - $75,000

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$8.10 - $14.99

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$18,000 - $75,000  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,231  
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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$17,256 - $34,334  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 14
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$8.10 - $14.99  
   
Overtime
$9.54 - $20.88  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,231  
   
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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$17,256 - $34,334  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 390
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Job Description for Packer

A packer is charged with making sure that a company's shipments are sent to customers with the proper labeling and correct inventory inside the package. They are tasked with wrapping and sealing the shipment once the proper items are inside and ensuring that the package is tagged properly and sent to the correct place, along with being marked with a weight and time-stamped. The packer may work with several different types of packaging, including boxes and clear containers. One of the most important parts of the packer's job is the ability to follow directions and company procedures to eliminate the threat of workplace injuries and ensure packages are sent out accurately. A packer must be able to work in a team setting to meet company and individual goals.

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Packer Tasks

  • Record data on shipment of packages both inbound and outbound.
  • Package, ship and inspect outgoing packages of goods.

Common Career Paths for Packer


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Packers who transition into an upper level Hand Packer position will not necessarily make much more than they do in their current role. The average Hand Packer makes $22K a year.

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Pay by Experience Level for Packer

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


Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $22K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $24K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Packers make a median salary of $27K. Respondents who boast more than 20 years of experience can't seem to boast paychecks reflecting that extensive experience, though; veteran Packers report making only $25K on average.

Packer Reviews

What is it like working as a Packer?

Packer in Goleta:
"Busy."
Pros: I like that there is always something to do. As I say, "you got time to lean, you got time to clean".
Cons: I do not like that hours got cut and that pay does not seem to meet my work duties.

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Experience Affects Packer Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 14%

Late-Career
up arrow 9%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$23,000

Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 49 votes.

Gender

Female
56 %
Male
44 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
56%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 60% dental benefits Dental: 45%
vision benefits Vision: 36% employee benefits None: 38%
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