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Import Manager Salary

Slightly less than two-thirds of Import Managers in the United States have been in the field for more than 10 years. Pay can fall anywhere from $40K to $90K per year, but median earnings come to around $61K per year. Total cash compensation to Import Managers varies from $40K to $90K; higher pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $10K each. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. For the most part, Import Managers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Import Managers making up 70 percent. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
$39,827 - $86,486
(Median)
$40K
$61K
$86K
MEDIAN: $60,810
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$14.54 - $28.85
(Median)
$15
$20
$29
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
$39,827 - $86,486  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,817  
Profit Sharing
$1,340 - $9,696  
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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$40,028 - $90,197  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 283
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$14.54 - $28.85  
   
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.
)
$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,817  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,340 - $9,696  
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).
)
$40,028 - $90,197  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 15
United States (change)

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 by 6 percent and 5 percent, respectively. Many workers who know Import Compliance also know 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. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $46K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $58K. Import Managers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $65K. Import Managers with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $68K.

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Experience Affects Import Manager Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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National Average
$62,000

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Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Import Manager Salaries



National Average
$62,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 73 votes.

Gender

Female
70 %
Male
30 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
38%
20 years or more
26%

Common Health Benefits

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