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Import/Export Agent Salary

Import & Export Agents aren't exactly in the most profitable line of business; these folks earn a belt-tightening average of $39K per year. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 55 percent. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$28,160 - $51,544
(Median)
$28K
$39K
$52K
MEDIAN: $39,065
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50%
90%

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$12.20 - $21.92
(Median)
$12
$16
$22
MEDIAN: $15.00
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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.
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$28,160 - $51,544  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,447  
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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$27,163 - $51,184  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 151
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.20 - $21.92  
   
Overtime
$16.15 - $34.22  
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.
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,447  
   
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).
)
$27,163 - $51,184  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 111

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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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Import & Export Agents only 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, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $39K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $36K. Import & Export Agents who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $41K. After two decades in the workforce, the average Import & Export Agent generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $50K.

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Experience Affects Import/Export Agent Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 33%

Experienced
up arrow 8%

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

National Average
$38,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 6%

Skills That Affect Import/Export Agent Salaries

Shipping
up arrow 1%

National Average
$38,000

Customer Service
up arrow 2%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 57 votes.

Gender

Female
55 %
Male
45 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 82% dental benefits Dental: 74%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 14%
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