Import/Export Agent Salary

Those pursuing careers as Import & Export Agents in the United States may have to make do with less; average incomes for people in this area hover around only $39K annually. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Work is enjoyable for Import & Export Agents, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Women Import & Export Agents who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$27,977 - $51,815
(Median)
$28K
$39K
$52K
MEDIAN: $39,145
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$12.23 - $21.77
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$12
$16
$22
MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$27,977 - $51,815  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,070  
Total Pay (?
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$27,064 - $51,098  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 145
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.23 - $21.77  
   
Overtime
$16.00 - $33.55  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,070  
   
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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$27,064 - $51,098  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 109
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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.

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Survey takers who work as Import & Export Agents typically report just a few professional skills. Those who have experience with Import Compliance, Shipping, and Customer Service can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Aptitude in Customer Service tends to also indicate an understanding of Import Compliance.

Pay by Experience Level for Import/Export Agent

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


For Import & Export Agents, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $36K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $39K on average. Import & Export Agents who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $42K. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $50K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

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Experience Affects Import/Export Agent Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 33%

Experienced
up arrow 10%

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

National Average
$38,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 6%

Skills That Affect Import/Export Agent Salaries

Import Compliance
up arrow 10%

Shipping
up arrow 1%

National Average
$38,000

Customer Service
up arrow 1%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 50 votes.

Gender

Female
56 %
Male
44 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 82% dental benefits Dental: 74%
vision benefits Vision: 57% employee benefits None: 15%
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