Customs Broker Salary

Median pay for Customs Brokers in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $51K annually. Overall cash earnings for Customs Brokers stretch from $33K on the lower end to $75K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $7K from bonuses and $11K from profit sharing. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by residence, followed by tenure and the individual firm. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 56 percent. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$34,774 - $75,885
(Median)
$35K
$51K
$76K
MEDIAN: $50,876
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$13.13 - $24.65
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$25
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$34,774 - $75,885  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,644  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $10,500  
Commission
$4,750  
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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$32,698 - $74,928  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 413
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$13.13 - $24.65  
   
Overtime
$14.40 - $36.63  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,644  
   
Commission
$4,750  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $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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$32,698 - $74,928  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 123
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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


Ups Supply Chain Solutions leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $45K.

Popular Skills for Customs Broker


Professional skills reported by Customs Brokers are few in number. Most notably, skills in Trade Compliance, Import Compliance, Customer Service, and Data Entry are correlated to pay that is above average. Data Entry and Customer Service, on the other hand, are typically associated with much lower pay. Those educated in Import Compliance tend to be well versed in Customer Service.

Pay by Experience Level for Customs Broker

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


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Customs Brokers — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $43K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $51K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Customs Brokers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $52K. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $59K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $49,818

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Chicago offers some of the highest pay in the country for Customs Brokers, 12 percent above the national average. Customs Brokers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+8 percent), Houston (+7 percent), Atlanta (+6 percent), and Miami (+3 percent). One of the biggest compensable factors for Customs Brokers is geography, with workers in Portland earning a whopping 25 percent below the national average. Employers in Buffalo and Torrance also lean toward paying below-median salaries (15 percent lower and 13 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Customs Broker Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
up arrow 5%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$50,000


Skills That Affect Customs Broker Salaries


Import Compliance
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National Average
$50,000

Customer Service
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Data Entry
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 91 votes.

Gender

Female
56 %
Male
44 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 84%
dental benefits
Dental: 72%
medical benefits
Vision: 56%
dental benefits
None: 14%
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