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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 annually. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Women Import & Export Agents who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
$28,521 - $50,596
(Median)
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34K
39K
51K
MEDIAN: $38,992
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$12.04 - $21.40
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MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$28,521 - $50,596  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,433  
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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$27,047 - $49,885  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 154
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.04 - $21.40  
   
Overtime
$17.58 - $33.65  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,433  
   
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).
)
$27,047 - $49,885  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 121
United States (change)

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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More often than not, Import & Export Agents take top-notch roles like Import Manager. Pay for that position is $58K annually on average. 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.

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Job skills reported by Import & Export Agents are limited. 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 many Import & Export Agents, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $35K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $39K. Import & Export Agents bring in $40K after working for 10 to 20 years. 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.

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Experience Affects Import/Export Agent Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 34%

Experienced
up arrow 7%

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

National Average
$38,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 7%

Skills That Affect Import/Export Agent Salaries

Shipping
up arrow 2%

National Average
$38,000

Customer Service
up arrow 1%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 62 votes.

Gender

Female
56 %
Male
44 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

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