Cigar Packer

Sort cigars prior to wrapping and banding.
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Salary Range
$20,000 – $56,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Cigar Packers do?

Sorts cigars according to color and loads cigars in handpress prior to wrapping in cellophane and banding: Examines cigars to detect variations in color and lays them in separate piles. Places cigars of same color in press box, placing paper strip and board or cardboard between successive layers. Places board over top row of cigars and sets box in press. Turns handwheel of press to apply pressure to box. May inspect cigars for imperfections. May keep record of cigars received. May be designated by type of cigar packed as Stogie Packer.


Should I be a Cigar Packer?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Independent: You enjoy flying solo and doing things your own way.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.

  • Also known as: Cigar Packer and Grader, Cigar Packer and Picker, Cigar Packer and Shader, Cigar Packer and Sorter

    How to become a Cigar Packer

    Most Cigar Packers have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate's degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9zcaaa&chl=no+college+%2869%25%29|certificate+%2828%25%29|associate%27s+%283%25%29|||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,69,69
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