Import/Export Agent Salary (United States)

Those pursuing careers as Import and Export Agents in the United States may have to make do with less; average incomes for people in this area hover around only $37,666 annually. Compensation ranges from $27,538 on the low end to $50,048 per year on the high end. Experience level and geography each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The greater part report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. Women Import and Export Agents just slightly outnumber men in the field. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Import and Export Agents. The figures in this outline were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Import/Export Agent Salary (?
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$28,838 - $50,884
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MEDIAN: $38,923
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Import/Export Agent Salary (?
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$12.10 - $21.19
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National Salary Data

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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$28,838 - $50,884  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,473  
Total Pay (?
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$27,538 - $50,048  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 156
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.10 - $21.19  
   
Overtime
$17.30 - $34.62  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,473  
   
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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$27,538 - $50,048  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 123
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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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Pay by Experience Level for Import/Export Agent

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Across the entire workforce, experience and pay tend to be weakly linked—those with more experience do not necessarily bring in much higher salaries. Standard salaries begin at $35K and can reach $39K after five to 10 years. Those who spend a decent amount of time in this profession—one to two decades—usually make about $41K. After 20 years of work in the field, Import and Export Agents typically earn $49,561 and go on to enjoy (slight) increases in earnings. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up about one in five of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise 6 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 5 percent. Age distribution in this workforce is concentrated between one and nine years of experience; more than half of respondents fall in this range.

Pay Difference By Location

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Though workers can find bigger paychecks in Houston—just above the national average—location actually has a very small effect on overall compensation for those in this profession. Los Angeles ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 6 percent below the national average.

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Experience Affects Import/Export Agent Salaries

Late-Career
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$38,000
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Skills That Affect Import/Export Agent Salaries

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Customer Service
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National Average
$38,000

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Gender

Female
55%
female alumni
 
Male
45%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 83% dental benefits Dental: 75%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 14%
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