Import/Export Agent Salary

Import & Export Agents in the United States may have to scrimp and save; the median compensation is $39K per year. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of Import & Export Agents claim high levels of job satisfaction. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 56 percent. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$28,120 - $51,815

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$12.39 - $21.86

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$28,120 - $51,815  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,076  
Total Pay (?
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$27,263 - $51,208  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 145
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.39 - $21.86  
   
Overtime
$17.25 - $33.55  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,076  
   
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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$27,263 - $51,208  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 112
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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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Professional skills reported by Import & Export Agents are few in number. Those who have experience with Import Compliance, Shipping, and Customer Service can expect to be compensated well for these skills.

Pay by Experience Level for Import/Export Agent

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


Import & Export Agents with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. 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 $39K. Import & Export Agents bring in $41K after working for 10 to 20 years. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Import & Export Agents with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $51K.

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Experience Affects Import/Export Agent Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 34%

Experienced
up arrow 10%

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

National Average
$38,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 6%

Skills That Affect Import/Export Agent Salaries

Import Compliance
up arrow 11%

Shipping
up arrow 2%

National Average
$38,000

Customer Service
up arrow 2%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 49 votes.

Gender

Female
56 %
Male
44 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 83% dental benefits Dental: 75%
vision benefits Vision: 58% employee benefits None: 14%
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