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Import Manager Salary

Import Managers in the United States tend to have a good amount of experience under their belt — about two in three have more than 10 years in the field. While pay runs from $42K to $91K per year, median earnings come to $62K annually. Overall cash earnings for Import Managers stretch from $42K on the lower end to $91K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $10K from bonuses and $6K from profit sharing. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. The majority of Import Managers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$41,046 - $86,682
(Median)
$41K
$62K
$87K
MEDIAN: $62,316
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$15.00 - $44.00
(Median)
$15
$20
$44
MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$41,046 - $86,682  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,949  
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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$41,526 - $90,793  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 270
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$15.00 - $44.00  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $42.43  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,949  
   
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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$41,526 - $90,793  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 14
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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 narrow range of specific 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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $48K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $58K. Import Managers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $67K. Import Managers who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $71K.

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Experience Affects Import Manager Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 12%

Experienced
up arrow 5%

National Average
$63,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 9%

Entry-Level
up arrow 25%

Skills That Affect Import Manager Salaries

Import Compliance
up arrow 2%

Logistics
up arrow 2%

National Average
$63,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 65 votes.

Gender

Female
69 %
Male
31 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
13%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
40%
20 years or more
26%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 75%
vision benefits Vision: 60% employee benefits None: 12%
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