What does a Packer do?

Packers work in warehouse environments and prepare finished products to be packaged and shipped. They’re often assigned specific zones or areas where they retrieve items as needed from inventory stock, check to see that they are in good condition, wrap them securely and safely, and pack them up for shipping. Packers receive invoices that list the necessary items to be placed in the shipments; they retrieve them from inventory and update inventory tallies to reflect items removed.

When a box is ready for shipment, a packer weighs it and ensures the items and shipping information match the invoice. They keep products separated and organized and in good rotation. They monitor products frequently and report problems to mitigate any safety issues. Packers operate various equipment types, including forklifts, wrappers, and dolly loaders, and report any mechanical problems. They follow safety regulations and maintain clean, sanitary, and save work areas, scan and sort outgoing stock, and need a minimum high school diploma, GED, or equivalent and forklift certification within 90 days of starting their job.

What responsibilities are common for Packer jobs?
  • This position involves inspecting, trimming, and packing plastic parts.
  • Meet specifics of customer orders in a timely manner.
  • Record product, packaging, and order information on specified forms and records.
  • Use equipment to track, monitor and verify products for distribution.
  • Tape boxes and manually transfer product to stacking area.
  • Responsible for the operation and adjustment of blow mold machinery and equipment.
What are the typical qualifications for Packer jobs?
  • Associate's Degree or higher in computer science.
  • Experienced with loading and packing procedures.
  • Able to work around moving machines like order pickers, forklifts, and mobile carts.
  • Demonstrated manual dexterity and attention to detail.
EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.0 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.0 ★
Avg. Experience8+ years

Packer Salaries

Glassdoor Estimated Salary

Packer Career Path

Learn how to become a Packer, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

L2
Packer
£20,463/yr
L3
Packer III
£27,101/yr
L4
Packer IV
£20,566/yr
L2

Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
12%
2 - 4
5%
5 - 7
0%
8+
83%
Not including years spent in education and/or training
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Packer Insights

Read what Packer professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
Sainsbury’sSainsbury’s
Order Picker
13 Sept 2021

“I am hard working and work well in a team and my time keeping is really good”

Diva Gift
Picker/Packer
24 Nov 2021

“Very long hours great if you have no social life.The owners treat you like an idiot.”

StiiizyStiiizy
Packer
6 Apr 2022

“Hispanic only job and if you’re not you will be harassed and fired for absolutely nothing.”

WalmartWalmart
Order Picker
1 Sept 2020

“Good pay with raises and potential to make 30% on top of what you make once you get experienced.”

WalmartWalmart
Freezer Order Filler
8 Sept 2021

“Money is great and you don't have to work more than 4 days a week.”

Cotton OnCotton On
Pick Packer
20 Feb 2021

“It's a good place to work especially during your holidays and wants to make extra money.”

AMANN GROUPAMANN GROUP
Dye Pack
9 Aug 2021

“No cons it’s just a great place to work you won’t find anywhere better to work”

MorrisonsMorrisons
Amazon Pick and Pack
16 Apr 2021

“£10 hourly pay was good although £10 wasn’t enough to be treated the way you are.”

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Packer Interviews

Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of a Packer

When working as a Packer, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are English Language, Attention To Detail, Urgency, Computer Literate and Fork Lift.

The most similar professions to Packer are:
  • Receiver
  • Material Handler
  • Forklift Operator
  • Warehouse Worker

The most common qualifications to become a Packer is a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.

Related Careers

Receiver
£28,959
38% skills overlap
Material Handler
£22,261
50% skills overlap
Forklift Operator
£22,573
75% skills overlap
Warehouse Worker
£21,293
75% skills overlap

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