Import Manager Salary

Import Managers who are practiced in their profession and carry more than 10 years of experience make up two in three of Import Managers. Pay fluctuates from $42K to $92K per year, but expected earnings average $63K per year. In the world of Import Managers, overall income ranges from $42K near the bottom to $92K at the top; this can include more than $10K from bonuses and more than $6K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of Import Managers (69 percent) who took the survey are female. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction for Import Managers is high. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$41,628 - $87,985
(Median)
$42K
$63K
$88K
MEDIAN: $62,750
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$14.95 - $58.17
(Median)
$15
$19
$58
MEDIAN: $19.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$41,628 - $87,985  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,962  
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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$42,159 - $91,607  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 272
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$14.95 - $58.17  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $42.57  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,962  
   
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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$42,159 - $91,607  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 13
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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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Import Managers sometimes move into a Logistics Manager role, where the salary is similar.

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Survey takers who work as Import Managers usually report a few specific skills. Logistics and Import Compliance are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Employees educated in Import Compliance are typically practiced in Logistics, too.

Pay by Experience Level for Import Manager

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


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $47K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $60K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Import Managers make a median salary of $66K. 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 $71K.

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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 6%

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
21%
10-19 years
40%
20 years or more
27%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 75%
vision benefits Vision: 60% employee benefits None: 11%
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