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Design, Media, and Writing Careers | Packaging Designer

Packaging Designer

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

Responsible for the graphic design of packaging that attracts the eyes of consumers and preserves products. Ensures that the packaging makes physical and emotional connections with consumers and helps to market a product.

Job Outlook

There were 5 Packaging Designer job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 229 in the United States.

In combination with other careers in the Industrial Designer industry, which includes the Packaging Designer career, the following graph shows the number of people employed for each year since 2012:

Salary

Many new Packaging Designer jobs have salaries estimated to be in the following ranges, based on the requirements and responsibilities listed in job postings from the past year.

National

The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $66,511.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $56,034.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Packaging Designer postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $55,762.

Education and Experience

Posted Packaging Designer jobs typically require the following level of education. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list education requirements.

Education LevelPercentage
Associate's Degree5%
Bachelor's Degree84%
Master's Degree10%
Doctoral Degree0%
Other2%

Posted Packaging Designer jobs typically require the following number of years of experience. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.

Years of ExperiencePercentage
0 to 2 years41%
3 to 5 years45%
6 to 8 years9%
9+ years5%

Skills

Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Packaging Designer positions expect applicants to have as well as the most common skills that distinguish individuals from their peers. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is also listed.

Baseline Skills

A skill that is required across a broad range of occupations, including this one.

  • Creativity (73%)
  • Communication Skills (42%)
  • Detail-Oriented (35%)
  • Teamwork / Collaboration (29%)
  • Research (24%)

Defining Skills

A core skill for this occupation, it occurs frequently in job postings.

  • Package Design (81%)
  • Packaging (81%)
  • Adobe Photoshop (63%)
  • Adobe Illustrator (58%)
  • Graphic Design (43%)

Necessary Skills

A skill that is requested frequently in this occupation but isn’t specific to it.

  • Product Development (18%)
  • Project Management (17%)
  • Prototyping (15%)
  • Project Design (14%)
  • Budgeting (14%)

Distinguishing Skills

A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.

  • Art Direction (5%)
  • Rapid Prototyping (5%)
  • Photo Editing (4%)
  • Print Production (4%)
  • User Research (4%)

Salary Boosting Skills

A professional who wishes to excel in this career path may consider developing the following highly valued skills. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is listed along with the marginal value: the average salary difference between postings that request that skill and those that do not.

  • Information Architecture (2%) – marginal value $2,900
  • Visual Design (3%) – marginal value $1,903
  • Concept Development (2%) – marginal value $1,435
  • User Research (4%) – marginal value $1,339
  • Design Thinking (6%) – marginal value $1,156

Alternative Job Titles

Sometimes employers post jobs with Packaging Designer skills but a different job title. Some common alternative job titles include:

  • Package Designer
  • Industrial Designer
  • Product Designer
  • Packaging & Product Designer
  • Product Designer Freelance

Similar Occupations

If you are interested in exploring occupations with similar skills, you may want to research the following job titles. Note that we only list occupations that have at least one corresponding NC State Online and Distance Education program.

Common Employers

Here are the employers that have posted the most Packaging Designer jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • Recur (7)
  • Tricorbraun (5)
  • Dollar Tree (4)
  • General Motors (3)
  • Uneka (2)

North Carolina

  • Cambridge Design Partnership (1)

NC State Programs Relevant to this Career

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