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Quality Search began keeping computerized records of Salary Ranges in 1988 and below is the Progression in salary ranges from that time on Job Openings that we posted.  Unlike Salary Surveys that can be easily inflated by the anonymous, wishful thinker, theses salaries are an accurate representation that is based on "Real Jobs" that actually existed and were filled at the levels and ranges shown.   This list represents a wide range of Packaging Specialties, geographic locations and experience ranges.  However, it can provide a realistic and fairly accurate guideline to benchmark from.  We have just updated this to show jobs actually posted thru the Present (02-14-2017) below:

Job Orders - From 05-23-2015 to 02-14-2017

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Salaries for 2009 – Jobs Posted for Packaging Professionals – Quality Search

DateTitle of PositionState

Years

Salary Range

01/14/09Senior Principal Engineer IL6 Plus$90-110K
01/16/09Associate Packaging Engineer ContractWI0-1$24/HR
02/06/09Principal Sterilization EngineerMN8 Plus$90-100K
02/08/09Senior Packaging Engineer/Project Mgr.WI5 Plus$75-100K
02/18/09Senior Packaging Engineer FL7 Plus$70-95K
02/20/09Senior Packaging Systems EngineerPA7 Plus$90-105K
03/30/09Senior Packaging Development Engineer TN3 Plus$67-84K
03/07/09Packaging Graphics/Development Eng.PA3-5$70-90K
03/02/09Sr. Packaging EngineerIL6 Plus$68-100K
03/07/09Packaging Innovation EngineerPA4 Plus$68-90K
02/20/09Package Development EngineerPA4 Plus$90-105K
03/10/09Senior Packaging Engineer OH5-8$75-85K
04/20/09Packaging Dev. Engineer-MerchandisingPA4 Plus$60-70K
04/21/09Senior Packaging Systems EngineerPA7 Plus$90-105K
05/06/09Packaging EngineerNY5-6$70-80
05/13/09Principal Packaging EngineerMA10 Plus$85-114K
05/19/09Senior Engineer OH5 Plus$75-85
06/01/09Packaging Engineer, MechanicalMD5 Plus$80-95K
06/04/09Packaging EngineerCT7 Plus$90-110K
06/04/09Packaging EngineerUT3-5$75-90K
06/16/09Senior Research Engineer, PackagingWI7 Plus$80-90K
06/26/09Packaging Engineer-IITN2 Plus$60-71K
07/08/09Packaging EngineerGA5 Plus$75-80K
07/16/09Packaging EngineerIL2-5$60-90K
07/16/09Senior Packaging Engineer, R&DMN5 Plus$75-95K
05/20/09Senior Packaging EngineerOH8-10$90-105K
08/06/09Sr. Packaging EngineerNE6 Plus$78-95K
08/06/09Packaging EngineerNE3-5$65-78K
08/10/09Program Manager - Packaging Eng.CT7 Plus$90-110K
08/14/09Packaging Product Development Eng.IL3-5$69-90K
09/02/09Senior Packaging EngineerMA8-5$88-94K
05/20/09Principal Packaging EngineerOH8-10$90-105K
09/24/09Associate Packaging EngineerWI1-5$48-60K
10/06/09Senior Research Packaging EngineerWI7 Plus$80-90K
10/07/09Senior Packaging Development EngineerPA6-10$80-95K
09/28/09Packaging Engineer-DesignerCA5 Plus$75-95K
10/21/09Packaging Engineer (2)NJ5 Plus$70-90K
10/28/09Senior Packaging EngineerMD5 Plus$75-95K
11/05/09Packaging Engineer  WI2-7$60-80K
11/10/09Sr. R&D Engineer, Packaging CA6-10$90-95K
11/20/09R&E Technical Leader, PackagingWI8-12$96-120K
11/23/09Packaging EngineerMI2-7$65-90K


Salaries for years 2008 & Prior – Jobs Posted for Packaging Professionals – Quality Search

Sample is based on the full spectrum of Packaging categories and openings that Quality Search had:

Title of Position                            State        Date                Salary Range

Packaging Engineer/designer           IL            4/25/1988        $25-35,000
SR PKG ENGR                             NY          11/1/1988        $37-40-49-5
Sr. Packaging Engineer                   CT           11/9/1988        $45-50,000
Packaging Engineer                        CT           11/29/1988      $35-45,000
Packaging Dev. Engineer                IL            1/27/1989        $29-34,000
Pkg Engr                                        IL            2/27/1989        $40-45,000
Pkg Engr                                        TX           3/7/1989          $34,000 TOP
Sr Pkg Proj Ldr                               CA           3/15/1989        $55-70,000
Pkg Engr                                         MD          3/31/1989        $30-36,000
SR PKG ENGR                               NJ           04/18/1989       $40-50,000
Pkg Engr                                         IL            4/24/1989        $28-34,000
Pkg Engr                                         IL            4/24/1989        $34-39,000
PKG ENGR                                    TX           6/08/1989        Mid/Upper $
Sr Pkg Engr/mgr Pkg Dev               NC           7/13/1989        $40-45,000
Pkg Engr                                         IL            7/19/1989        $28-33,000
Sr Pkg Engr/mgr Pkg Dev               NC           10/16/1989      $40-45,000
SR PKG ENGR                               WI           10/25/1989      $42-56,000
Pkg Engr                                         IL            11/3/1989        $28-36,000
Packaging Engineer                        IL            2/15/1990        $30-34,000
PKG ENGR    Jacksonville             FL           3/01/1990        $34-40,000
SR PKG ENGR                               WI           5/10/1990        $54-60,000
Sr. Pkg. Engr.                                  IL            5/22/1990        $38-42,000
Packaging Engineer                        IL            7/18/1990        $33-40,000
Sr. Packaging Engineer                   IL            8/23/1990        $38-42,000
Packaging Engineer                        AZ           10/8/1990        $32-39,000
Packaging Engineer                        IL            11/30/1990      $33-36,000
Sr. Packaging Engineer                   IL            11/30/1990      $40,000 Mid
SR PKG ENGR                               TX           12/11/1990      $37-54.900
Packaging Dev. Engineer                IL            1/07/1991        $29-34,000
Packaging Engineer                        AZ           1/09/1991        $32-39,000
SR Packaging Engineer                   AZ           1/21/1991        $40-50,000
Packaging Engineer                        MD          1/28/1991        $30-36,000
PKG ENGR    Jacksonville             FL           3/06/1991        $37-44,000
Packaging Engineer                        CA           3/07/1991        $45-55,000
Packaging Engineer                        IL            3/12/1991        $33-36,000
PKG ENGR    Jacksonville             FL           6/11/1991        $37-44,000
Packaging Engineer Iii                    GA          6/14/1991        $50-53,000
Packaging Engineer                        IL            6/17/1991        $33-36,000
Package Engineer                           TX           7/23/1991        $33-39,000
Packaging Engineer (2)                   NC           1/02/1992        32-44K
Packaging Engineer (3)                   MD          2/04/1992        30-40K
Packaging Engineer                        TN           2/04/1992        35-40K
Packaging Engineer                        IL            2/13/1992        32.5-36.5K
Packaging Engineer                        AZ           2/18/1992        35.6-40K
SR PKG ENGR                               IL            2/19/1992        40-46K
Packaging Engineer (2)                   IL            3/23/1992        33.8-42.2K
Sr. Packaging Engineer                   IL            3/23/1992        39.1-48.9K
PKG ENGR                                    IL            3/31/1992        38-42K
Packaging Engineer                        NC           4/02/1992        32-44K
Packaging Engineer                        SC           4/29/1992        33,500
Pkg. Engineer I Or Ii                       WI           5/14/1992        48,600K
SR PKG I OR IV                             WI           5/14/1992        64.6K
Packaging Engineer                        MD          6/18/1992        30-36K
Packaging Engineer                        IL            10/08/1992      35-42.5K
Packaging Engineer I                      IL            2/02/1993        43-55K
SR PKG ENGR                               IL            5/18/1993        44-54
Pkg Engr                                         MA          8/16/1993        62-77
Senior Pkg Engr                              TN           11/22/1993      41-46.5
Sr Pkg Engr                                     TN           3/01/1994        41-46.5K
Pkg Engr                                         DE           6/06/1994        45-50K
PKG ENGR                                    MD          8/29/1994        42-44K
Contract Pkg. Engr.                        MA          1/11/1995        $30-40/HR
CONTRACT PKG ENGR              MA          4/05/1995        $30-40/HR
PKG ENGR                                    IN            5/31/1995        40.0-48.0
CONTRACT PKG ENGINEER     MA          7/10/1995        $30-40/HR
PKG ENGR                                    MN          7/24/1995        40.0-60.0
PKG ENGR                                    MI           7/26/1995        55.0-62.0
PKG ENGR                                    MA          9/11/1995        50.0-55.0
PKG ENGR                                    FL           11/06/1995      44.0-50.0
CONTRACT PKG ENGR              MA          12/01/1995      $30-40/HR
PKG ENGR                                    MA          12/12/1995      50.0-55.0
PKG ENGR                                    MO          1/12/1996        38.0-48.0
PKG ENGR                                    NY          1/17/1996        40.0-45.MID
PKG ENGR                                    NY          1/17/1996        40.0-45.0
PKG ENGR (2?)                             MN          1/29/1996        40.0-46.0
PKG ENGR                                    IL            2/19/1996        38.0-46.0
CONTRACT PKG ENGR              MA          2/27/1996        $30-40/HR
PKG ENGR                                    FL           3/04/1996        40.0-45.0
PKG ENGR                                    MO          3/12/1996        38.0-48.0
PKG ENGR SCIENTIST                MI           3/14/1996        45.0-65.0
PKG ENGR/SCIENTIST                MI           3/14/1996        45.0-65.0
SR PKG ENGR                               MA          4/11/1996        58.0-63.0
PKG ENGR                                    CT           4/23/1996        34.0-38.0
PKG ENGR                                    NY          4/26/1996        40.0-45.0
CONTRACT PKG ENGR              MA          6/10/1996        $30-40/HOUR
PKG ENGR                                    NY          9/12/1996        40.0-45.0
SR PKG ENGR                               OR           9/17/1996        50.0-55.0
PKG ENGR                                    NC           11/12/1996      56.0-70.0
SR PKG ENGR                               IL            12/12/1996      50.0-62.0
SR PKG ENGR (CONTRACT)      MA          12/12/1996      $32-44/HR
PKG ENGR                                    IL            1/30/1997        36.0-40.0
SR PKG ENGR                               TX           2/27/1997        50.0-55.0
PKG ENGR #14                             NY          3/05/1997        70.0-74.0
PKG ENGR                                    IL            3/07/1997        36.0-40.0
SR PKG ENGR                               IL            3/13/1997        50.0-62.0
CONTRACT PKG ENGR              MA          3/27/1997        $30-40/HR
PKG ENGR                                    WI           3/28/1997        38.0-46.0
SR PKG ENGR                               IL            4/30/1997        40.0-50.0
SR PKG ENGR                               TX           5/27/1997        50.0-55.0
PKG ENGR                                    OH          5/30/1997        40.0-55.0
CONTRACT PKG ENGR              MA          6/25/1997        $30-40/HR
PKG ENGR                                    TX           8/14/1997        42.0-55.0
PKG ENGR                                    AZ           9/07/1997        55.0-72.0
SR PKG ENGR II                           AZ           9/07/1997        55.0-72.0
PKG ENGR                                    IN            9/24/1997        40.0-45.0
PKG ENGR                                    AZ           10/15/1997      40.0-52.0
CONTRACT PKG ENGR              MA          1/05/1998        $30-40/HR
PKG ENGR III OR IV                    GA          1/16/1998        48.0-51.0
PKG ENGR                                    MA          2/09/1998        55.0-58.0
PKG ENGR                                    AZ           3/03/1998        35.0-40.0
PKG ENGR                                    IL            3/10/1998        45.0-56.0
PKG ENGR                                    IL            3/10/1998        46.0-56.0
PKG ENGR                                    CT           3/30/1998        41.0-54.0
PKG ENGR (LEVEL 14)               MA          4/16/1998        70.0-83.0
PKG ENGR                                    IL            5/06/1998        46.0-56.0
PKG ENGR                                    AZ           5/26/1998        35.0-39.0
PKG ENGR                                    WI           6/18/1998        40.0-55.00
SR PKG ENGR                               FL           6/30/1998        50.0-62.0
PKG ENGR                                    MI           7/13/1998        45.0-55.0
SR PKG ENGR                               CA           9/03/1998        52.0-80.0
PKG ENGR                                    TX           11/19/1998      45.0-65.0
PKG ENGR                                     GA         12/11/1998      45.0-60.0
PKG ENGR                                     CT           1/29/1999        48.0-60.0
PKG ENGR/SR PKG ENGR          CT           2/24/1999        50.0-70.0
PACKAGING ENGINEER            AZ           3/01/1999        43.0-50.0
CONTRACT PKG ENG                 MA          3/11/1999        $32-$44
PACKAGING ENGINEER            CA           3/19/1999        42.0-77.0
PACKAGING ENGINEER            IL            3/22/1999        45.0-59.0
PACKAGING ENG III/IV(2)         GA          4/06/1999        45.0-60.0
PKG ENGR 2 OR 3                        TX           4/09/1999        49.8-78.2
PKG ENGR                                    IL            4/27/1999        50.0-60.0
PKG ENGR                                    TX           5/24/1999        48.0-75.0
PKG ENGR                                    MD          9/08/1999        45.0-55.0
PKG ENGR                                    AZ           9/24/1999        42.0-48.0
PKG ENGR                                    AZ           9/30/1999        55.0-62.0
CONTRACT PKG ENGR              MA          10/4/1999        $25.-40./HR
SR PKG ENGR                               TX           10/07/1999      50.0-60.0
PKG ENGR                                    MA          11/01/1999      45.7-65.0
SR PKG ENGR                               OH          12/08/1999      54.0-58.0
PKG ENGR                                    AZ           1/06/2000        44.0-47.0
PKG ENGR                                    IN            1/06/2000        44.0-47.0
SR PKG ENGR                               WI           1/12/2000        55.0-65.0
PKG ENGR IV                               GA          2/17/2000        73.5 MIDPOI
PKG ENGR                                    FL           2/23/2000        45.0-52.0
PKG ENGR                                    MA          4/07/2000        58.0-71.0
PKG ENGR                                    MA          6/27/2000        58.0-79.0
SR PKG ENGR (2)                         AZ           7/24/2000        70.0-92.0
PKG ENGR                                    GA          9/11/2000        62.0-67.0
SR PKG ENGR                               AZ           9/27/2000        70.0-92.0
PKG ENGR                                    IN            12/13/2000      45.0-50.0
PKG ENGR                                    IL            4/19/2001        50.0-75.0
SR PKG ENGR                               IL            6/13/2001        60.0-70.0
SR PKG ENGR                               CA           7/31/2001        61.0-70.0
PKG ENGR                                    IL            4/02/2002        52.0-57.0
PKG ENGR                                    FL           4/29/2002        48.0-55.0
PKG ENGR                                    NC           5/13/2002        55.0-68.0
PKG ENGR                                    CT            9/16/2002        50.0-60.0
SR PKG ENGR                               AZ           10/31/2002      70.0-80.0
PKG ENGR                                    AZ           12/04/2002      44.5-55.0
SR PKG ENG                                 AZ           12/04/2002      54.5-68.0
PKG ENGR                                    WI           12/30/2002      70.0-74.0
PKG ENGR                                    IL            1/03/2003        55.0-70.0
SR PKG ENGR                               IL            7/15/2003        55.0-75.0
SR PKG ENGR (1)                         IL            8/27/2003        55.0-68.0
PKG ENGR                                    IL            10/24/2003      70.0-80.0
SR PKG ENGR                               GA          10/26/2004      70.0-90.0
PKG ENGR                                    IL            10/26/2004      70.0-80.0
PRINCIPAL PKG ENGR              AZ           11/15/2004      63.0-82.0
SR PKG ENGR                               AZ           11/15/2004      57.0-75.0
SR PKG ENGR                               OH          1/13/2005        70.0-75.0
SR PKG ENGR                               FL           2/11/2005        75-85
PACKAGING ENGINEER            CA           2/18/2005        60
PKG ENGR                                    OH           2/18/2005        65-73
Packaging Engineer                        IL             5/13/2005        60
PKG ENGR                                    MD          6/06/2005        55
PKG ENGR                                    TN           10/27/2005      46
Packaging Engineer (2)                   IL            12/6/2005        55-68
Packaging EngIneer                        IN            2/06/2006        55
Packaging Engineer                        TN           5/24/2006        46
Packaging Engineer(2)                    OH          6/09/2006        50
Sr. Packaging Engineer                   IL            7/07/2006        70-80
Sr Pkg Engr                                     AZ           8/22/2006        72-88
SenIor Packging Engineer               NC           12/14/2006      70-80K
Package Development Manager     NY          12/14/2006       up to $80
Packaging Engineer - 7391BR        VA           12/20/2006      80-92
Senior Packaging Engineer             IL            1/17/2007        75-95k
Senior Packaging Engineer             MA          1/30/2007        80-110
Packaging Engineer                        FL           2/07/2007        55-70
Packaging Engineer(2)                    OH          2/09/2007        50
Packaging Engineer                        CT           3/20/2007        60-70
Primary Packaging Engineer          NJ            3/23/2007        60-70
SenIor Packging Engineer              NC           4/26/2007        70-80K
Packaging Engineer                        CT           5/04/2007        50-75
Packaging Engineer                        VA           6/07/2007        $80-92k
Packaging Engineer                        TN           8/07/2007        50-55k

Senior Packaging Engineer (2)       TX            9/04/2007        $75-85k

Senior Packaging Engineer             NJ            9/12/2007        $55-65k

Packaging Engineer                         IL           10/22/2007        65-69K

PACKAGING ENG III/IV(2)         GA         11/06/2007        55-65K

PKG ENGR 2 OR 3                       TX          12/09/2007        59-78K

Packaging Engineer                          IL           01/27/2008        60-70K

PKG ENGR                                    TX          02/24/2008        58-69K

Sr. Packaging Engineer                     NY         03/14/2008        75-95K

PKG ENGR                                    AZ          04/15/2008        55-62K

CONTRACT PKG ENGR              MA         05/05/2008        $40-55/HR

Packaging Engineer IV                     GA          05/16/2008        78-91K

Packaging Engineer                          MA          06/09/2008        65-78.K

Princpal Packaging Engineer             AZ           07/03/2008        82-99K

Packaging Engineer                          IL            08/10/2008        65-76K

Packaging Engineer                          IN            09/24/2008       63-67K

Packaging Debvelopment Engineer   AZ           10/15/2008       59-67K

Packaging Engineer Level 10           MA          11/16/2008        70-83K

Packaging Engineer                          IL            12/06/2008        56-66K

Senior Packaging Enginerer             MO          12/14/2008       68-82K

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