Import/Export Agent Salary (United States)

It's impossible to make it big as a Import and Export Agent in the United States; the average employee in this occupation scrapes together only around $37,666 annually. Compensation generally starts at $27,538 and does not exceed $50,048 per year. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the particular city. Generous benefits are a perk in this profession; most claim both medical and dental insurance and more than half get vision coverage. Women make up a slight majority of Import and Export Agents (55 percent). Job satisfaction for Import and Export Agents is high. This outline is based on answers to PayScale's salary survey.
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 (?
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  
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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.
For Import and Export Agents, level of experience is overall a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation—more experience does not yield dramatically higher pay—and pay raises are largely incremental. Salaries increase to $39K from around $35K after five to 10 years. After 10 to 20 years, salary hovers around $41K. Wages do not stop growing after 20 years on the job but they do accelerate at a slower rate, and Import and Export Agents tend to earn $49,561 at this point in time. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 20 percent 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. A majority of respondents report one to nine years of experience.

Pay Difference By Location

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$38,000
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Salaries in this field are not heavily influenced by location; however, folks working in Houston do earn a bit more than the national average. Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Los Angeles, 6 percent below the national average.

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Experience Affects Import/Export Agent Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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Mid-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

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 63 votes.

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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