Customs Broker Salary

Customs Brokers in the United States can expect wages of $50K per year on average. Total cash compensation to Customs Brokers approaches anywhere from $32K on the lower end to $73K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $7K from bonuses and upwards of $13K from profit sharing. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is location, though years of experience and the specific company have a (lesser) impact as well. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 57 percent. Most Customs Brokers report high levels of job satisfaction. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$34,257 - $74,585

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$13.05 - $23.89

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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$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$34,257 - $74,585  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,837  
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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$32,110 - $73,031  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 372
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$13.05 - $23.89  
   
Overtime
$14.50 - $35.31  
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 - $6,837  
   
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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$32,110 - $73,031  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 117
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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


The lowest salaries can be found at Expeditors International of Washington, Inc. — median pay is $38K — and there is little variation in compensation, with paychecks starting at $33K and only reaching $54K.


Customs Brokers note just a narrow range of job skills. Trade Compliance and Import Compliance are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Import Compliance and Trade Compliance are correlating skills — those who know the former usually know the latter.

Pay by Experience Level for Customs Broker

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


For Customs Brokers, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $40K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $50K. On average, Customs Brokers make $52K following one to two decades on the job. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $59K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

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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
$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

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 91 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
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 85% dental benefits Dental: 73%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 13%
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