Import/Export Agent Salary

Import & Export Agents in the United States take home an average $42K per year. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most people on this career path report moderate levels of job satisfaction. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Women make up a slight majority of Import & Export Agents (57 percent) survey respondents. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$28,523 - $55,158
$29K
$42K
$55K
MEDIAN: $41,665
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$13.15 - $22.48
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MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$28,523 - $55,158  
   
Bonus
$459.58 - $2,936  
Total Pay (?
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$28,476 - $52,928  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 86
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$13.15 - $22.48  
   
Overtime
$19.32 - $34.60  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$459.58 - $2,936  
   
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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$28,476 - $52,928  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 67

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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. When Import & Export Agents are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Customs Brokers or Import & Export Analysts. Those roles pay an additional $6K and $8K, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Import/Export Agent


Import & Export Agents report using a diverse set of skills on the job. 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

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


Import & Export Agents do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $37K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $42K. Import & Export Agents claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $46K. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $52K.

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Key Stats for Import/Export Agent

Gender

Female
57 %
Male
43 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 18 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
7%
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Experience Affects Import/Export Agent Salaries

Late-Career
▲29%

Experienced
▲13%

Mid-Career
▲3%

National Average
$41,000

▼10%

Skills That Affect Import/Export Agent Salaries

Import Compliance
▲9%

Export Compliance
▲6%

National Average
$41,000


Logistics
▼5%

Shipping
▼6%

Microsoft Excel
▼17%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 18 votes.

Gender

Female
57 %
Male
43 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 79%
vision benefits
Vision: 61%
dental benefits
None: 9%
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