Import & Export Agents in the United States may have to scrimp and save; the median compensation is $41K per year. Residence and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Import & Export Agents report high levels of job satisfaction. There are more female Import & Export Agents who answered the questionnaire than male, making up 62 percent. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$28,987 - $53,922
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$29K
$41K
$54K
MEDIAN: $41,049
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90%

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$12.81 - $22.80
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$13
$17
$23
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$28,987 - $53,922  
   
Bonus
$243.92 - $3,878  
Total Pay (?
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$28,409 - $52,748  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 89
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.81 - $22.80  
   
Overtime
$19.27 - $34.61  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$243.92 - $3,878  
   
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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$28,409 - $52,748  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 73
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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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Many Import & Export Agents move into an Import Manager role, and folks who currently hold that position report a much higher median income of $59K per year. Import & Export Agents most often move into positions as Import & Export Analysts or Customs Brokers; those groups report median salaries that are $9K higher and $6K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Import/Export Agent


Import & Export Agents report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Import Compliance, Logistics, Customer Service, and Export Compliance are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Microsoft Excel and Shipping. Most people experienced in Customer Service also know Export Compliance.

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, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $36K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $41K. Import & Export Agents see a median salary of $46K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $51K.

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Experience Affects Import/Export Agent Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
up arrow 15%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$40,000


Skills That Affect Import/Export Agent Salaries

Import Compliance
up arrow 4%

National Average
$40,000

Logistics
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Customer Service
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Export Compliance
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Shipping
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Microsoft Excel
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 25 votes.

Gender

Female
62 %
Male
38 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 75%
medical benefits
Vision: 60%
dental benefits
None: 11%
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