Import/Export Agent Salary

Pay for Import & Export Agents in the United States is very modest at just $39K annually. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Women make up a slight majority of Import & Export Agents (56 percent) survey respondents. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$28,368 - $52,744
(Median)
$28K
$39K
$53K
MEDIAN: $39,258
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$12.42 - $21.79
(Median)
$12
$16
$22
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$28,368 - $52,744  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,475  
Profit Sharing
$2,948  
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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$27,319 - $51,968  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 145
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.42 - $21.79  
   
Overtime
$14.03 - $34.60  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,475  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,948  
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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$27,319 - $51,968  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 121
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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.

Common Career Paths for Import/Export Agent


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Advancing into an Import Manager role seems to be a popular career move for Import & Export Agents, and folks who currently work in the latter position report a notably larger median income of $59K per year. Import & Export Analysts or Customs Brokers are common next-step roles for Import & Export Agents moving up in their careers; annual pay for Import & Export Analysts is $10K higher on average, and it's $8K higher for Customs Brokers.

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Survey takers who work as Import & Export Agents report a focused set of job skills. Most notably, skills in Import Compliance, Shipping, Customer Service, and Microsoft Excel are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Microsoft Excel.

Pay by Experience Level for Import/Export Agent

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Import & Export Agents with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $35K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $40K. Import & Export Agents see a median salary of $44K after reaching one to two decades on the job. 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 32%

Experienced
up arrow 15%

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

National Average
$38,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 8%

Skills That Affect Import/Export Agent Salaries

Import Compliance
up arrow 13%

Shipping
up arrow 1%

National Average
$38,000

Customer Service
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 12%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 43 votes.

Gender

Female
56 %
Male
44 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 83%
dental benefits
Dental: 74%
medical benefits
Vision: 57%
dental benefits
None: 15%
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