Import Manager Salary

Roughly two-thirds of Import Managers in the United States have been in the field for more than 10 years. Pay can fall anywhere from $42K to $92K per year, but median earnings come to around $63K annually. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $10K and $6K, respectively — total cash payment to Import Managers can bottom out near $42K or peak near $92K depending on individual performance. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Import Managers survey participants are largely women, dominating at 69 percent. Most Import Managers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$41,501 - $88,063
(Median)
$42K
$63K
$88K
MEDIAN: $62,813
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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
$41,501 - $88,063  
   
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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$42,065 - $91,661  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 271
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$14.95 - $58.17  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $42.43  
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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$42,065 - $91,661  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 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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As Import Managers transition into upper-level roles like Logistics Managers, it's possible that they won't see a change in salary. Logistics Managers earn the same amount as Import Managers on average.

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Import Managers who responded to the survey indicated only a few skills that they use on the job. Logistics and Import Compliance are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. 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.


For many Import Managers, more experience generally translates to higher pay. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $47K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $60K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $67K in this role. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $71K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

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Experience Affects Import Manager Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 10%

Experienced
up arrow 4%

National Average
$64,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

Entry-Level
up arrow 27%

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
20%
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: 12%
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