Customs Broker Salary

Customs Brokers in the United States take home an average $50K annually. Total cash compensation to Customs Brokers bottoms out near $32K and approaches $73K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $7K from bonuses and almost $13K from profit sharing. While tenure and the specific company impact pay for this group, geography is the most influential factor. Women Customs Brokers who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Most Customs Brokers report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$34,157 - $74,999
(Median)
$34K
$50K
$75K
MEDIAN: $50,188
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50%
90%

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$13.00 - $23.46
(Median)
$13
$17
$23
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
$34,157 - $74,999  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,905  
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $12,723  
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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$31,999 - $73,053  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 374
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$13.00 - $23.46  
   
Overtime
$14.19 - $35.02  
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 - $6,905  
   
Commission
$4,355 - $8,139  
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $12,723  
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).
)
$31,999 - $73,053  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 114
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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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Customs Brokers will find the worst pay at Expeditors International of Washington, Inc., where the median salary crawls in at $38K. Furthermore, compensation is curbed at $54K, leaving little room for growth.


Survey takers who work as Customs Brokers report a focused set of job skills. Trade Compliance and Import Compliance are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Import Compliance and Trade Compliance are also commonly seen together.

Pay by Experience Level for Customs Broker

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


For Customs Brokers, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $40K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $50K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Customs Brokers make a median salary of $53K. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; a Customs Broker with more than 20 years of experience can earn $59K on average.

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Experience Affects Customs Broker Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 21%

Experienced
up arrow 7%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$49,000


Skills That Affect Customs Broker Salaries

Import Compliance
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Trade Compliance
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National Average
$49,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 92 votes.

Gender

Female
57 %
Male
43 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 85% dental benefits Dental: 72%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 13%
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