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Import Specialist Salary

Pay for Import Specialists in the United States sits in the ballpark of $44K per year. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Import Specialists survey participants are largely women, dominating at 65 percent. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$33,012 - $66,982
(Median)
$33K
$44K
$67K
MEDIAN: $44,474
10%
50%
90%

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$11.98 - $23.38
(Median)
$12
$18
$23
MEDIAN: $17.00
10%
50%
90%

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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$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$33,012 - $66,982  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,000  
Profit Sharing
$491.32 - $5,950  
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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$31,120 - $65,853  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 130
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$11.98 - $23.38  
   
Overtime
$18.28 - $42.10  
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$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,000  
   
Profit Sharing
$491.32 - $5,950  
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).
)
$31,120 - $65,853  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 67

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Job Description for Import Specialist

An import specialist detects, and helps prevent, violations of U.S. customs laws and import/export regulations and the entry of illegal drugs/products into the country. They also work to prevent weapons and weapon parts from entering the country.

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Import Specialist Tasks

  • Troubleshoot and resolve shipping, quality and regulation problems.
  • Track data about shipments, facilities, brokers, clients and compliance.
  • Create monthly and annual reports and documentation.
  • Coordinate and facilitate with contractors, shippers, clients and carriers.
  • Build and maintain relationships with vendors, federal agencies and shippers.

Common Career Paths for Import Specialist


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Import Specialists often transition into Import Manager positions, for which compensation tends to be much higher. On average, Import Managers earn $58K per year.

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Survey takers who work as Import Specialists typically report just a few professional skills. Import Compliance and Customer Service are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Customer Service, on the other hand, is typically associated with much lower pay.

Pay by Experience Level for Import Specialist

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


Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $40K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $45K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $43K in this role. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $52K.

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Experience Affects Import Specialist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 23%

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

Experienced
up arrow 2%

National Average
$43,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 7%

Skills That Affect Import Specialist Salaries

National Average
$43,000

Import Compliance
up arrow 2%

Customer Service
up arrow 24%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 38 votes.

Gender

Female
65 %
Male
35 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 72%
vision benefits Vision: 53% employee benefits None: 12%