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Customs Broker Salary

An average Customs Broker in the United States can expect to take home roughly $50K annually. Cash earnings for Customs Brokers — including $7K in bonuses and $13K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $32K to $73K depending on individual performance. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by residence, followed by tenure and the individual firm. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. Women make up a slight majority of Customs Brokers (57 percent) survey respondents. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$33,969 - $74,618
(Median)
$34K
$50K
$75K
MEDIAN: $50,194
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$13.01 - $23.59
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$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
$33,969 - $74,618  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,809  
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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$31,804 - $72,501  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 370
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 - $6,809  
   
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).
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$31,804 - $72,501  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 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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Customs Brokers will find the worst pay at Expeditors International of Washington, Inc., where the median salary crawls in at $37K. Furthermore, compensation is curbed at $54K, leaving little room for growth.


Customs Brokers report a focused set of job skills. Trade Compliance and Import Compliance are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Those with knowledge of Import Compliance tend to be skilled in Trade Compliance as well.

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. The average beginner in this position makes around $40K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $50K. On average, Customs Brokers make $53K following one to two decades on the job. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $59K.

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Experience Affects Customs Broker Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
up arrow 7%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$49,000


Skills That Affect Customs Broker Salaries

Trade Compliance
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Import Compliance
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National Average
$49,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 94 votes.

Gender

Female
57 %
Male
43 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

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