Structural Packaging Designer Salary

Structural Packaging Designers in the United States take home approximately $50K annually on average. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most Structural Packaging Designers report high levels of job satisfaction. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Men working as Structural Packaging Designers who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 57 percent. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$37,085 - $79,619
(Median)
$37K
$50K
$80K
MEDIAN: $49,954
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$13.59 - $30.34
(Median)
$14
$18
$30
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$37,085 - $79,619  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,537  
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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$35,106 - $77,419  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 80
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$13.59 - $30.34  
   
Overtime
$19.63 - $44.85  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,537  
   
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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$35,106 - $77,419  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 24
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Job Description for Structural Packaging Designer

Structural packaging designers work to develop and improve packaging for consumer products and often focus on developing durable, cost-efficient, and easy-to-produce structures for packaging. These designers may work either for companies which produce consumer products or consulting firms which create products according to clients' needs. Packaging may involve plastic wrapping, cardboard boxes, and protective shipping materials, among other materials, and these designers will conduct regular tests on products to determine where improvements or replacements should be made. The job may also involve developing packaging that is not only efficient, but environmentally friendly.

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Structural Packaging Designer Tasks

  • Identify cost and marketing parameters to track and report on.
  • Test shipping designs and display cases, using knowledge of crush strength and equipment.
  • Design to improve both shipping ease and visual appeal of packaging.
  • Work with customers to identify packaging needs and explain constraints.

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Structural Packaging Designers typically list a handful of skills they use on the job. Adobe Illustrator and Computer Aided Design are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Computer Aided Design and Adobe Illustrator.

Pay by Experience Level for Structural Packaging Designer

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


Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $42K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $58K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $58K. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $64K on average.

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Experience Affects Structural Packaging Designer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 30%

Experienced
up arrow 19%

Mid-Career
up arrow 19%

National Average
$49,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 13%

Skills That Affect Structural Packaging Designer Salaries

National Average
$49,000

Adobe Illustrator
up arrow 7%

Computer Aided Design (CAD)
up arrow 18%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 21 votes.

Gender

Female
43 %
Male
57 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 85% dental benefits Dental: 71%
vision benefits Vision: 48% employee benefits None: 15%
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