Customs Broker Salary

An average Customs Broker in the United States can expect to take home roughly $51K per year. In the world of Customs Brokers, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $7K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $11K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $33K and $75K. This group's pay is mainly influenced by geographic location, followed by career duration and the particular employer. Women make up a slight majority of Customs Brokers (56 percent) survey respondents. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number 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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$13
$18
$25
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary 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
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 attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area — the median in that office is $45K.

Popular Skills for Customs Broker


Customs Brokers typically list a handful of skills they use on the job. Most notably, skills in Trade Compliance, Import Compliance, Customer Service, and Data Entry are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing Data Entry and Customer Service as skills, on the other hand, should be prepared for drastically 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.


For many Customs Brokers, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $43K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $51K. 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 will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+8 percent), Houston (+7 percent), Atlanta (+6 percent), and Miami (+3 percent). Compared to the national average, Portland Customs Brokers have considerably lower salaries, 25 percent below the national average to be exact. Location appears to be a major driving force in pay for those in this profession. Workers in Buffalo and Torrance earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (15 percent less and 13 percent less, respectively).

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Experience Affects Customs Broker Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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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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