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 $64K annually on average but can range from $42K to $94K per year. Total cash earnings of Import Managers range from $42K on the low end to $94K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $10K and $6K, respectively. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. There are more female Import Managers who answered the questionnaire than male, making up 68 percent. Job satisfaction for Import Managers is high. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$41,766 - $90,089
(Median)
$42K
$64K
$90K
MEDIAN: $63,507
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$14.68 - $44.04
(Median)
$15
$21
$44
MEDIAN: $20
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$41,766 - $90,089  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,087  
Profit Sharing
$1,788 - $6,128  
Commission
$3,000  
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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$41,850 - $93,818  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 275
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$14.68 - $44.04  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $39.00  
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$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,087  
   
Commission
$3,000  
Profit Sharing
$1,788 - $6,128  
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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$41,850 - $93,818  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 22
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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.

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Import Managers' salaries tend to stay somewhat constant even when they advance into higher-level positions like Logistics Manager. On average, Logistics Managers get paid about the same as Import Managers do.

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Import Managers report a focused set of job skills. Logistics and Import Compliance are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Experience with Import Compliance is often linked with knowledge 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, more experience generally translates to higher pay. 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. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $68K in this role. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $71K.

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Experience Affects Import Manager Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 11%

Experienced
up arrow 5%

National Average
$64,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 8%

Entry-Level
up arrow 27%

Skills That Affect Import Manager Salaries

Logistics
up arrow 1%

Import Compliance
0%

National Average
$64,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 60 votes.

Gender

Female
68 %
Male
32 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
11%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
41%
20 years or more
27%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 73%
medical benefits
Vision: 58%
dental benefits
None: 14%
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