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Customs Broker Salary

The average Customs Broker in the United States earns approximately $50K per year. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $7K and $11K, respectively — total cash payment to Customs Brokers can bottom out near $31K or peak near $73K depending on individual performance. While the particular city and the particular employer impact pay for this group, experience level is the most influential factor. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. 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 55 percent. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
$32,949 - $73,651
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $50,035
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$12.65 - $23.98
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MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data

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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
$32,949 - $73,651  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,953  
Profit Sharing
$150.00 - $10,500  
Commission
$4,449 - $19,000  
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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$31,031 - $72,597  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 374
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.65 - $23.98  
   
Overtime
$15.76 - $34.93  
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 - $6,953  
   
Commission
$4,449 - $19,000  
Profit Sharing
$150.00 - $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).
)
$31,031 - $72,597  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 112
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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


Though lagging the field in terms of compensation — Expeditors International of Washington, Inc. offers the lowest median salary at $36K — pay within the company still varies considerably between $30K and $56K.


Customs Brokers typically list a handful of skills they use on the job. Trade Compliance and Import Compliance are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Experience with Import Compliance is often linked with knowledge of Trade Compliance.

Pay by Experience Level for Customs Broker

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


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Customs Brokers. 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. Customs Brokers see a median salary of $53K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $61K on average.

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Experience Affects Customs Broker Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 25%

Experienced
up arrow 9%

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

National Average
$49,000


Skills That Affect Customs Broker Salaries


Import Compliance
up arrow 3%

National Average
$49,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 99 votes.

Gender

Female
55 %
Male
45 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 85% dental benefits Dental: 70%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 13%