Packer Salary

Pay for Packers in the United States sits in the ballpark of $10.31 per hour. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. While over a third report receiving no health benefits, a majority do receive medical coverage, and just over two-fifths have dental, as well. Most people in this profession are content with their work, and moderate levels of job satisfaction are reported. Women make up a slight majority of Packers (57 percent) survey respondents. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$13,800 - $84,596
(Median)
$14K
$31K
$85K
MEDIAN: $31,350
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$8.09 - $14.86
(Median)
$8
$10
$15
MEDIAN: $10
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National Salary 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$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$13,800 - $84,596  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,188  
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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$17,200 - $33,950  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 14
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$8.09 - $14.86  
   
Overtime
$9.51 - $20.58  
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$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,188  
   
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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$17,200 - $33,950  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 375
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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 Hand Packer role, which does not lead to a big boost in pay. Hand Packers on average bring in a similar salary to Packers.

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Pay by Experience Level for Packer

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


Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $24K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $22K. Packers see a median salary of $26K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Folks with more than two decades of experience actually report lower incomes overall; their average comes out to a mere $25K.

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 8%

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

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
57 %
Male
43 %

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: 34% employee benefits None: 38%
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