Import/Export Agent Salary

Earnings for Import & Export Agents in the United States come in at around $43K per year on average. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Women make up a slight majority of Import & Export Agents (58 percent) survey respondents. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is considered about average by most people in this profession. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$27,817 - $61,218
$28K
$43K
$61K
MEDIAN: $43,340
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$13.53 - $22.54
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MEDIAN: $17.78
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$0$61K
Salary $27,817 - $61,218
Bonus $350.00 - $3,000
Profit Sharing $1,500
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$28,838 - $53,912
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 86
Hourly Data $0$34
Hourly Rate $13.53 - $22.54
Overtime $14.30 - $34.60
Annual Data $0$53K
Bonus $350.00 - $3,000
Profit Sharing $1,500
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).
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$28,838 - $53,912
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 63

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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

  • 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.
  • 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.

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 typically move into roles as Operations Managers or Import & Export Analysts, and those positions pay $17K more and $7K more, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Import/Export Agent


Survey results suggest that Import & Export Agents put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, skills in Import Compliance, Export Compliance, Customer Service, and Logistics are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Microsoft Excel, Shipping, and Logistics. For most people, competency in Customer Service indicates knowledge of Export Compliance.

Pay by Experience Level for Import/Export Agent

Pay by Experience for an Import/Export Agent has a positive trend. An entry-level Import/Export Agent with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $36,000 based on 80 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Import/Export Agent with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $42,000 based on 46 salaries. An experienced Import/Export Agent which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $46,000 based on 36 salaries. An Import/Export Agent with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $52,000 based on 11 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $41,952

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Home to some of the best pay for Import & Export Agents, Seattle offers exceptional salaries, 10 percent above the national average. Import & Export Agents will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+9 percent) and Chicago (+5 percent). One of the biggest compensable factors for Import & Export Agents is geography, with workers in Los Angeles earning a whopping 27 percent below the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Memphis (26 percent lower) and Miami (9 percent lower).

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Key Stats for Import/Export Agent

Gender

Female
58 %
Male
42 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 30 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
12%
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Experience Affects Import/Export Agent Salaries

Late-Career
▲25%

▲9%

▲1%

National Average
$42,000

▼14%

Skills That Affect Import/Export Agent Salaries



National Average
$42,000


Logistics
▼8%

Shipping
▼9%

Microsoft Excel
▼20%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 30 votes.

Gender

Female
58 %
Male
42 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 83%
vision benefits
Vision: 59%
no benefits
None: 9%
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