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How Much Does a Packaging Operator Earn In The United States?

Packaging Operator Salaries
Updated December 31, 2020
Average Yearly Salary
$30,000
$25,000
$30,000
$36,000
Did you know that the average packaging operator makes $30,409 per year? That's valued at $14.62 per hour! The range surrounding that average can vary between $25,000 and $36,000, meaning packaging operators have the opportunity to earn more once they move past entry-level roles. Most packaging operators find a job with manufacturing and pharmaceutical companies, while others work for retail, manufacturing, and health care companies to make more money. Those aren't the only places you can earn a higher paycheck. Minnesota, Maine and Vermont are the top states in the U.S. to pay packaging operators the highest salaries.
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Where Packaging Operators Earn The Most

The darker areas on the map show where packaging operators earn the highest salaries across all 50 states.

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How Much Do Packaging Operators Earn In Different Cities?

While a packaging operator can average a salary of $30,409 per year, or $14.62 per hour, there are many opportunities for packaging operators to make more. For example, in Minneapolis, MN you might make $35,615 per year. Other high-paying locations include Grand Forks, ND, Portland, ME and Madison, WI. If you're in an entry-level position, your best bet is to move to Minneapolis, MN where the average starting salary is $28,000. The highest paying states for packaging operators include Minnesota, Maine and Vermont. Meanwhile, Mississippi, Montana, and Louisiana offer the lowest salaries.
Location
City
Average Salary

Minneapolis, MN

Salary Range31k - 40k$36k$35,615

Grand Forks, ND

Salary Range31k - 39k$35k$35,375

Portland, ME

Salary Range32k - 36k$35k$34,615

Madison, WI

Salary Range29k - 38k$34k$34,015

Marlborough, MA

Salary Range30k - 36k$33k$33,032

Denver, CO

Salary Range27k - 38k$33k$32,734

Easton, PA

Salary Range28k - 37k$33k$32,521

Joplin, MO

Salary Range27k - 38k$32k$32,466

Cleveland, OH

Salary Range27k - 37k$32k$32,107

Visalia, CA

Salary Range27k - 36k$32k$31,623
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High Paying Packaging Operator Jobs

Which Companies Pay Packaging Operators The Most?

To earn a high income as a packaging operator, working for Lamb Weston or Pacific Foods of Oregon might be your best bet, as they are the highest paying companies in this field. In addition, companies like McCain Foods USA and Schreiber Foods report highly competitive salaries for packaging operators.
Company
Company
Average Salary
Lamb Weston
Salary Range41k - 49k$45k$45,123
Pacific Foods of Oregon
Salary Range40k - 48k$45k$44,517
McCain Foods USA
Salary Range40k - 48k$44k$44,165
Schreiber Foods
Salary Range39k - 47k$44k$43,551
McKee Foods
Salary Range39k - 47k$43k$43,072
J.R. Simplot
Salary Range37k - 45k$42k$41,725
Control4
Salary Range37k - 43k$41k$40,613
Bunge
Salary Range37k - 42k$40k$39,654
J.M. Huber
Salary Range35k - 41k$38k$38,414
CP Kelco
Salary Range35k - 41k$38k$38,330
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    How Much Do Packaging Operators Make In Different Industries?

    Packaging operator salaries can vary on many factors, including what industry a job is in. In fact, jobs with retail, manufacturing, and health care companies tend to be the highest paying. Furthermore, a packaging operator can make a yearly salary of $39,393 while working for retail companies. All the while, other packaging operators are making $33,805 at manufacturing companies and $33,032 at health care companies. One industry packaging operators may want to avoid is the pharmaceutical industry as it offers the lowest average salary at $31,911.
    Industry
    Average Salary

    Retail

    Salary Range34k - 44k$39k$39,393

    Manufacturing

    Salary Range30k - 37k$34k$33,805

    Health Care

    Salary Range30k - 35k$33k$33,032

    Pharmaceutical

    Salary Range30k - 33k$32k$31,911
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    How Experience Affects Packaging Operator Salaries

    The salary for a packaging operator can vary depending on the years of experience that a person has, from entry level to senior level. Data on how experience level affects total compensation is provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) as part of their National Compensation Survey, which is based on factors such as knowledge, complexity, contacts, and environment.

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