Import Manager Salary

Import Managers in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with approximately two-thirds bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $63K per year on average but can range from $42K to $91K per year. Cash earnings for Import Managers — including $10K in bonuses and $6K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $42K to $91K depending on individual performance. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. The majority of Import Managers (69 percent) who took the survey are women. Work is enjoyable for Import Managers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$41,567 - $87,381

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$15.10 - $28.60

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$41,567 - $87,381  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,905  
Profit Sharing
$1,775 - $6,153  
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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$42,191 - $91,022  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 270
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$15.10 - $28.60  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $42.14  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,905  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,775 - $6,153  
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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$42,191 - $91,022  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 16
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Job Description for Import Manager

An import manager is responsible for receiving, inspecting and documenting items that arrive from overseas. They also manage a team of operators and office clerks, providing guidance, support, and discipline as needed. Import manager are in charge of exporting items, and they must be up to date on all import and export laws of the country in which they are based and the countries from which they receive items. This job normally exists with companies that deal with customers and businesses in other countries. Generally, import managers hold full-time positions; hours may vary depending on the needs of the company. They may need to travel as well, depending on the requirements of the position.

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Import Manager Tasks

  • Arrange transport and ensure items are shipped expediently and cost-effectively.
  • Communicate with clients, customs agents and transportation companies to ensure the shipments arrive in a timely manner and in good physical condition.
  • Supervise import staff managing the importation of goods from other countries.

Common Career Paths for Import Manager


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As Import Managers make advancements in their career path, their salaries may not change right away. For example, the higher-level Logistics Manager position pays around the same amount as the Import Manager job on average.

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Import Managers report a narrow range of specific skills. Logistics and Import Compliance are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Aptitude in Import Compliance tends to also indicate an understanding of Logistics.

Pay by Experience Level for Import Manager

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


For many Import Managers, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $47K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $59K. Import Managers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $66K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $70K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

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Experience Affects Import Manager Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 11%

Experienced
up arrow 4%

National Average
$64,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 8%

Entry-Level
up arrow 26%

Skills That Affect Import Manager Salaries

Logistics
up arrow 2%

Import Compliance
up arrow 1%

National Average
$64,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 63 votes.

Gender

Female
69 %
Male
31 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
12%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
40%
20 years or more
27%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 75%
vision benefits Vision: 59% employee benefits None: 12%
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