As a packer, you are responsible for packing orders as they come in. Sometimes, this will involve picking items from stock and placing them into a box. This is why this role is often called a “picker/packer.” Other times, you will be dealing with large items or finished goods coming straight off an assembly line. Packers may fulfill shipping orders in warehouses or box manufactured items for storage. Packers need to box items in a manner that protects them from breakage or in a manner that preserves their current temperature. No matter the situation, it is important that you do your work carefully and thoroughly so that nothing arrives broken or damaged at its destination.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median hourly wage for a packer is $13.49, or $28, 050 annually. The highest-paid 10% earn more than $39,120, and the lowest-paid 10% earn less than $20,530. Packers receive a salary that is determined by the following factors.
A full-time packer expects to earn more than an individual hired on a part-time or hourly basis, even if the hourly wage is similar. This is because full-time employees receive benefits such as paid holidays and vacations that part-time workers do not receive.
The industry in which you work also influences your salary as a packer. If you work in an industry that pays high wages, then your chances of getting a larger salary are greater than if you worked in an industry that pays low wages. In-demand and seasonal packers may be eligible for hiring and production bonuses.
Packers are responsible for a variety of tasks. These responsibilities vary depending on your employer and the industry in which you work, but many duties are common. Packing operators prepare and package products according to specifications, label packages, and pack them onto pallets. You can expect to carry out many of these tasks daily:
To be successful as a packer, you will need to have physical strength, stamina, and the ability to work fast. Other skills and competencies required include: