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Customs Broker Salary

Median pay for Customs Brokers in the United States is around $50K annually. Final cash compensation to Customs Brokers varies from around $32K to approximately $72K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $7K and $13K, respectively. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is residence, though tenure and the specific company have a (lesser) impact as well. Most Customs Brokers report high levels of job satisfaction. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 56 percent. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$34,007 - $74,393
(Median)
$34K
$50K
$74K
MEDIAN: $50,163
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90%

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$13.01 - $23.59
(Median)
$13
$17
$24
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$34,007 - $74,393  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,799  
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $12,605  
Commission
$4,355 - $8,139  
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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$31,859 - $72,421  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 374
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$13.01 - $23.59  
   
Overtime
$14.40 - $34.84  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,799  
   
Commission
$4,355 - $8,139  
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $12,605  
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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$31,859 - $72,421  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 111

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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.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Customs Broker


Salaries are easily beat at Expeditors International of Washington, Inc., where median pay comes to just $38K, the lowest in the field. What's more, with base pay starting at $33K and ending at $54K, range in salary is rather small.


Just a handful of professional skills are reported by Customs Brokers who took the survey. Trade Compliance and Import Compliance are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Trade Compliance is a skill commonly found among those who know Import Compliance.

Pay by Experience Level for Customs Broker

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For Customs Brokers, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $40K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $50K on average — a distinctly larger sum. After working for 10 to 20 years, Customs Brokers make a median salary of $53K. As Customs Brokers reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $59K.

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Experience Affects Customs Broker Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 21%

Experienced
up arrow 7%

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

National Average
$49,000


Skills That Affect Customs Broker Salaries

Trade Compliance
up arrow 4%

Import Compliance
up arrow 2%

National Average
$49,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 96 votes.

Gender

Female
56 %
Male
44 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 85% dental benefits Dental: 71%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 13%
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