Import Managers in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with somewhere between two-thirds and three-fourths bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $68K per year on average but can range from $43K to $101K per year. Total cash compensation to Import Managers bottoms out near $43K and approaches $101K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $10K from bonuses and almost $6K from profit sharing. Geography and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Women make up the majority of Import Managers (67 percent) who completed the questionnaire. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$45,774 - $97,098
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MEDIAN: $67,657
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$14.64 - $35.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$45,774 - $97,098  
   
Bonus
$-0.49 - $10,265  
Profit Sharing
$503 - $5,960  
Commission
$1,000  
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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$43,347 - $100,862  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 143
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$14.64 - $35.00  
   
Overtime
$31.55  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$-0.49 - $10,265  
   
Commission
$1,000  
Profit Sharing
$503 - $5,960  
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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$43,347 - $100,862  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 19
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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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For Import Managers who take on Logistics Manager roles, career progression may result in somewhat decreased compensation. On average, the latter position pays $61K.

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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. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $50K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $61K. Import Managers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $72K. 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 $76K.

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Experience Affects Import Manager Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 11%

Experienced
up arrow 5%

National Average
$68,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 11%

Entry-Level
up arrow 26%

Skills That Affect Import Manager Salaries

National Average
$68,000

Logistics
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 16 votes.

Gender

Female
67 %
Male
33 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 81%
dental benefits
Dental: 76%
medical benefits
Vision: 69%
dental benefits
None: 17%
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