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Career Profile: Packers and Packagers, Hand

Pack or package by hand a wide variety of products and materials.

Salary and Outlook

According to the US Department of Labor, there are 599,700 people employed as packers and packagers, hand in the United States. The median annual salary is $28,100. Entry level employees earn approximately $20,630 per year and senior employees earn approximately $39,580 per year.

Estimates do not include other potential benefits such as health insurance, overtime pay, or retirement benefits that may be offered by employers.

Job Duties

  • Examine and inspect containers, materials, or products to ensure that product quality and packing specifications are met.
  • Measure, weigh, and count products and materials.
  • Record product, packaging, and order information on specified forms and records.
  • Seal containers or materials, using glues, fasteners, nails, and hand tools.
  • Assemble, line, and pad cartons, crates, and containers, using hand tools.
  • Obtain, move, and sort products, materials, containers, and orders, using hand tools.
  • Mark and label containers, container tags, or products, using marking tools.
  • Clean containers, materials, supplies, or work areas, using cleaning solutions and hand tools.
  • Remove completed or defective products or materials, placing them on moving equipment, such as conveyors, or in specified areas, such as loading docks.
  • Place or pour products or materials into containers, using hand tools and equipment, or fill containers from spouts or chutes.
  • Load materials and products into package processing equipment.
  • Transport packages to customers' vehicles.

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Job Outlook


Total Current Jobs:
599,700
Annual Openings:
82,900
Increase in Openings by 2030:
0%
Annual Salary Range:
$20,630 - $39,580
Education Requirements:
Some high school