Customs Broker Salary (United States)

Salaries for Customs Brokers in the United States lie in the neighborhood of $48,593 annually. Pay begins at $30,650 on the low end and climbs to $73,081 per year near the top. With some bonuses approaching $6,988 and certain profit sharing proceeds close to $10,500, overall incomes in the Customs Brokers from $32,067 to $74,480 depending on individual performance. Career duration is the main element affecting pay for this group—geography and the specific company are driving factors as well. Benefits are plentiful in this line of work; most people have both medical and dental plans, and more than half have vision insurance. Women make up a slight majority of Customs Brokers (56 percent). Most Customs Brokers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
Customs Broker Salary (?
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$32,067 - $74,480
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MEDIAN: $49,750
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Customs Broker Salary (?
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$12.62 - $23.26
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National Salary Data

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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$32,067 - $74,480  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,988  
Profit Sharing
$150.00 - $10,500  
Commission
$4,449 - $19,000  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$30,650 - $73,081  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 373
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.62 - $23.26  
   
Overtime
$15.83 - $34.14  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,988  
   
Commission
$4,449 - $19,000  
Profit Sharing
$150.00 - $10,500  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$30,650 - $73,081  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 112
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Job Description for Customs Broker

Customs brokers are responsible for managing customs clearance for imports and exports within their organization. They work with local and/or foreign governments' regulatory agencies to ensure their company meets all necessary documentary and regulatory requirements when shipping goods in or out of the country. They manage all internal procedures related to handling goods for import or export, including conducting research and making recommendations for improving the efficiency of customs processing and auditing prior transactions. Customs brokers may serve as the primary point of contact for foreign vendors and clients regarding payment and shipment information.
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Customs Broker Tasks
  • Inform sales and other departments about specific logistic needs for particular clients or vendors.
  • Document audits, duty statements, customer bonds, and post entry amendments.
  • Process shipments, managing customs, tariffs, and other requirements.
  • Write, organize, and prepare documents and rulings for timely entry.

Customs Broker Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Customs Broker

The most lucrative gig in town can be found at Ups Supply Chain Solutions, where the average salary is $45,153. Expeditors International of Washington, Inc. offers the smallest salaries in town—$35,529 on average—but the considerable range in workers' salaries (stretching from $29K to $56K) creates a rather varied pay scale.

Pay by Experience Level for Customs Broker

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher salaries. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $39K; however, pay rises to approximately $49,893 after five to 10 years. After 10 to 20 years, salary hovers around $55K. As Customs Brokers reach 20 years on the job, salary growth continues to be strong, with earnings averaging $65K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 26 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 17 percent. In this field, workers tend to have anywhere from one to nine years of experience—of those surveyed, more than half land within this range.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$49,000
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Atlanta
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Home to some of the best pay for Customs Brokers, Chicago offers exceptional salaries, 17 percent above the national average. Other urban areas shelling out big bucks include Houston, Charlotte, New York, and Dallas, where Customs Brokers typically earn around 16 percent, 12 percent, 5 percent, and 3 percent more than usual. Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Detroit, 18 percent below the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Cleveland and Atlanta (-18 percent and -7 percent, respectively).

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Experience Affects Customs Broker Salaries

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National Average
$49,000

Skills That Affect Customs Broker Salaries

Import Compliance
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National Average
$49,000

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 101 votes.

Gender

Female
56%
female alumni
 
Male
44%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 84% dental benefits Dental: 71%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 14%
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