Customs Brokers in the United States pull down an average of $52K annually. Total cash compensation to Customs Brokers bottoms out near $33K and approaches $79K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $9K from bonuses and almost $37K from profit sharing. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience 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 greater part. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 55 percent. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$35,950 - $80,276
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$36K
$52K
$80K
MEDIAN: $51,822
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$13.56 - $23.74
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$24
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$35,950 - $80,276  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,726  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $36,602  
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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$33,007 - $79,323  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 327
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$13.56 - $23.74  
   
Overtime
$19.40 - $38.74  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,726  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $36,602  
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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$33,007 - $79,323  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | 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 fill the offices of leading firms Expeditors International of Washington, Inc., C. H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc., Ups Supply Chain Solutions, FedEx Trade Networks, and United Parcel Service (UPS), Inc. Ups Supply Chain Solutions offers the highest compensation with a median salary of $45K.

Popular Skills for Customs Broker


Customs Brokers generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in Trade Compliance, Import Compliance, Export Compliance, and Data Entry are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 19 percent. Customer Service and Data Entry, on the other hand, are typically associated with much lower pay. Most people familiar with Import Compliance also know Customer Service.

Pay by Experience Level for Customs Broker

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


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Customs Brokers — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $44K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $50K on average. Customs Brokers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $52K. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Customs Brokers with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $64K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $49,466

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Home to some of the best pay for Customs Brokers, Boston offers exceptional salaries, 33 percent above the national average. Customs Brokers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+33 percent), Chicago (+20 percent), Miami (+8 percent), and Seattle (+7 percent). The lowest-paying market is Cleveland, which sits 13 percent below the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Torrance (12 percent lower) and Charlotte (9 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Customs Broker Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$49,000


Skills That Affect Customs Broker Salaries


Import Compliance
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Export Compliance
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National Average
$49,000

Data Entry
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Customer Service
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 66 votes.

Gender

Female
55 %
Male
45 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 75%
medical benefits
Vision: 58%
dental benefits
None: 13%
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