Import/Export Agent Salary

Import & Export Agents in the United States are not likely to strike it rich; they only make around $39K annually on average. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Most Import & Export Agents report high levels of job satisfaction. Women make up a slight majority of Import & Export Agents (56 percent) survey respondents. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$28,368 - $52,744
(Median)
$28K
$39K
$53K
MEDIAN: $39,258
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$12.42 - $21.79
(Median)
$12
$16
$22
MEDIAN: $16.00
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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$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$28,368 - $52,744  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,475  
Profit Sharing
$2,948  
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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$27,319 - $51,968  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 145
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.42 - $21.79  
   
Overtime
$14.03 - $34.60  
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$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,475  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,948  
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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$27,319 - $51,968  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 121
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Job Description for Import/Export Agent

Becoming an import/export agent requires very little specialized education and instead relies on individual competence. To work as an import/export agent, you generally are only required to hold a high school diploma at the very least. The primary function of an import/export agent is to organize and schedule shipments of goods. They need to know what is coming in and what is going out of a given location which requires extensive documentation. In addition to this, goods must be meticulously examined to ensure that they comply with all legal standards and requirements. Tracking shipments and ensuring their documentation is up to date and complete is an every day task for import/export agents.

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Import/Export Agent Tasks

  • Ensure all regulations, certificates, and documentation needs are met, as well as tracking all shipments.
  • Set shipping schedules and communicate with customers, deliverers, and ports to verify loading, departures, and arrivals.
  • Coordinate day-to-day import and export of products, including reviewing orders and documents.
  • Track and communicate all delays, damages, and other problems, working to resolve customer problems.

Common Career Paths for Import/Export Agent


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Import & Export Agents might see a strong upturn in salary after transitioning into upper-level roles such as Import Manager, a seemingly popular career choice. People currently working in the latter position report a noticeably higher median income of $59K per year. Import & Export Agents moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Import & Export Analysts or Customs Brokers. The median paychecks in those roles are $10K higher and $8K higher, respectively.

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Import & Export Agents report a narrow range of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Import Compliance, Shipping, Customer Service, and Microsoft Excel are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Microsoft Excel.

Pay by Experience Level for Import/Export Agent

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


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $35K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median of $40K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $44K in this role. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; an Import & Export Agent with more than 20 years of experience can earn $50K on average.

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Experience Affects Import/Export Agent Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 32%

Experienced
up arrow 15%

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

National Average
$38,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 8%

Skills That Affect Import/Export Agent Salaries

Import Compliance
up arrow 13%

Shipping
up arrow 1%

National Average
$38,000

Customer Service
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 12%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 43 votes.

Gender

Female
56 %
Male
44 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 83%
dental benefits
Dental: 74%
medical benefits
Vision: 57%
dental benefits
None: 15%
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