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Import Manager Salary

Import Managers in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with two in three bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $62K annually on average but can range from $41K to $92K per year. Total cash compensation to Import Managers approaches anywhere from $41K on the lower end to $92K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $10K from bonuses and upwards of $6K from profit sharing. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Import Managers making up 71 percent. 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.

$40,806 - $87,709
(Median)
$41K
$62K
$88K
MEDIAN: $62,287
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$15.00 - $44.00
(Median)
$15
$20
$44
MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$40,806 - $87,709  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,913  
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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$41,253 - $91,544  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 278
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 (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,913  
   
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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$41,253 - $91,544  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 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.

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 focused set of job skills. Logistics and Import Compliance are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Import Compliance and Logistics are correlating skills — those who know the former usually know the latter.

Pay by Experience Level for Import Manager

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


Import Managers who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. 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 $58K. On average, Import Managers make $67K following one to two decades on the job. 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 $73K.

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Experience Affects Import Manager Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 14%

Experienced
up arrow 5%

National Average
$64,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 9%

Entry-Level
up arrow 26%

Skills That Affect Import Manager Salaries

Import Compliance
up arrow 2%

Logistics
up arrow 2%

National Average
$64,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 69 votes.

Gender

Female
71 %
Male
29 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
13%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
41%
20 years or more
25%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 74%
vision benefits Vision: 58% employee benefits None: 13%
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