What am I worth?
Get a free salary report »
What should I pay?
Pay the right way »

Import/Export Agent Salary

Import & Export Agents in the United States can expect only a modest salary, with average pay of just $39K annually. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. The majority of Import & Export Agents claim high levels of job satisfaction. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 55 percent. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
Read More
$28,112 - $51,503
(Median)
$28K
$39K
$52K
MEDIAN: $39,051
10%
50%
90%

Add this chart to your site: 640px    300px

$12.30 - $21.94
(Median)
$12
$16
$22
MEDIAN: $16.00
10%
50%
90%

Add this chart to your site: 640px    300px

National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
)
$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$28,112 - $51,503  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,469  
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).
)
$27,272 - $51,088  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 151
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
)
$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.30 - $21.94  
   
Overtime
$16.39 - $34.05  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
)
$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,469  
   
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).
)
$27,272 - $51,088  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 110

Find Out Exactly What You Should Be Paid

United States (change)

- OR -

Log in with LinkedIn

Comp Managers Click Here »

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.

Read More...

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


Add this chart to your site:   640px 640px    300px 300px


Import & Export Agents often transition into Import Manager positions, for which compensation tends to be much higher. On average, Import Managers earn $58K per year. Career advancement for the typical Import & Export Agent often leads to becoming an Import & Export Analyst or a Customs Broker; median salaries in these positions are $9K higher and $7K higher, respectively.

Import Coordinator Job Listings

Search for more jobs:


Survey takers who work as Import & Export Agents usually report a few specific skills. Shipping and Customer Service are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay.

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, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $36K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $39K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Import & Export Agents make a median salary of $41K. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $50K.

Related Job Salaries

United States (change)

Experience Affects Import/Export Agent Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 32%

Experienced
up arrow 8%

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

National Average
$38,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 6%

Skills That Affect Import/Export Agent Salaries

Shipping
0%

National Average
$38,000

Customer Service
up arrow 1%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 59 votes.

Gender

Female
55 %
Male
45 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 82% dental benefits Dental: 75%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 14%