The average Packer in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $11.04 per hour. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by residence, followed by the specific employer and years of experience. Work is reasonably fulfilling for most Packers — the majority report average levels of job satisfaction. Women account for the majority of Packers who responded to the questionnaire — 62 percent to be exact. Health benefits are not claimed by all — over a third lack any form of coverage — but the greater part have medical insurance, and around half have dental, too. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$17,330 - $45,500
(Median)
$17K
$25K
$46K
MEDIAN: $25,351
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90%

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$8.69 - $15.71
(Median)
$8
$11
$16
MEDIAN: $11.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$17,330 - $45,500  
   
Bonus
$62.50 - $2,472  
Profit Sharing
$1,500  
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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$18,346 - $36,518  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 24
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$8.69 - $15.71  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.42  
Overtime
$12.10 - $22.81  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$62.50 - $2,472  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,500  
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).
)
$18,346 - $36,518  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 584
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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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Many Packers move into a Production Supervisor role, and folks who currently hold that position report a much higher median income of $51K per year.

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Frito-Lay, Inc. offers the largest salaries in town — $34K on average.

Pay by Experience Level for Packer

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


Packers with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. The average inexperienced worker earns $24K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $25K. Packers bring in $29K after working for 10 to 20 years. Packers who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are no higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years.

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

Late-Career
up arrow 17%

Experienced
up arrow 16%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$25,000


Skills That Affect Packer Salaries

Team Leadership
up arrow 44%

Packing
up arrow 9%

Packer
up arrow 4%

Shipping
up arrow 3%

forklift
up arrow 3%

Packaging
up arrow 1%

National Average
$25,000

Picking
up arrow 11%

Customer Service
up arrow 19%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 74 votes.

Gender

Female
62 %
Male
38 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
61%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 61%
dental benefits
Dental: 48%
medical benefits
Vision: 41%
dental benefits
None: 37%
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