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Structural Packaging Designer Salary

An average Structural Packaging Designer in the United States can expect to take home roughly $50K per year. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Structural Packaging Designers making up 51 percent of survey respondents. For the most part, Structural Packaging Designers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$36,123 - $79,910
(Median)
$36K
$50K
$80K
MEDIAN: $50,300
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$13.69 - $30.41
(Median)
$14
$17
$30
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$36,123 - $79,910  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,000  
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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$34,173 - $78,039  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 58
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$13.69 - $30.41  
   
Overtime
$17.87 - $44.04  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,000  
   
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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$34,173 - $78,039  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 23
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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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Survey takers who work as Structural Packaging Designers report a focused set of job skills. Adobe Illustrator and Computer Aided Design are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Computer Aided Design and Adobe Illustrator as skills, however, tend to be associated with significantly smaller paychecks.

Pay by Experience Level for Structural Packaging Designer

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


Structural Packaging Designers with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $40K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $50K. Structural Packaging Designers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $56K. Structural Packaging Designers with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $59K.

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Experience Affects Structural Packaging Designer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 21%

Experienced
up arrow 16%

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

National Average
$49,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 17%

Skills That Affect Structural Packaging Designer Salaries

National Average
$49,000

Adobe Illustrator
up arrow 7%

Computer Aided Design (CAD)
up arrow 21%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 20 votes.

Gender

Female
49 %
Male
51 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 83% dental benefits Dental: 72%
vision benefits Vision: 54% employee benefits None: 17%