Customs Officer Salary

A Customs Officer earns an average salary of $71,913 per year.

$35,080 - $92,443

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$35,080 - $92,443  
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$29,363 - $95,371  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Sep 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 37
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Job Description for Customs Officer

A customs officer is a specialized law enforcement official who is typically stationed in locations that people and cargo normally enter the country, such as airports, harbors and roads that cross national borders. Customs officer work to ensure that illegal cargo is not brought into the country, as well as detain and arrest individuals who may be involved in smuggling or are on watch or wanted lists.


Customs Officer Tasks

  • Interview people to determine their right to enter or leave a country.
  • Interact with the public to explain and enforce customs and laws.
  • Confiscate items and goods, document findings and explain reasoning.
  • Inspect paperwork, luggage, cargo and items to control border crossings and collect payments.
  • Participate in criminal proceedings and prosecution.

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Experience Affects Customs Officer Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 6 votes.

Years of Experience

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1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 95% dental benefits Dental: 71%
vision benefits Vision: 57% employee benefits None: 5%