Import Specialists in the United States take home approximately $45K annually on average. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is geography, followed by career duration and the particular employer. Women account for the majority of Import Specialists who responded to the questionnaire — 64 percent to be exact. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$34,952 - $66,756
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$45K
$67K
MEDIAN: $44,910
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$12.31 - $22.99
(Median)
$12
$17
$23
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$34,952 - $66,756  
   
Bonus
$483.68 - $5,011  
Profit Sharing
$1,000  
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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$30,528 - $64,200  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 97
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$12.31 - $22.99  
   
Overtime
$1.89 - $41.06  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$483.68 - $5,011  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,000  
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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$30,528 - $64,200  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 72
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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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While not commonly seen, Import Specialists who transition into an Import Manager position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for Import Managers is $59K per year.

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Pay by Experience Level for Import Specialist

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


Import Specialists do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $38K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $42K on average. After working for 10 to 20 years, Import Specialists make a median salary of $49K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $51K.

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Experience Affects Import Specialist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 24%

Experienced
up arrow 19%

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

National Average
$41,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 9%

Skills That Affect Import Specialist Salaries

National Average
$41,000

Import Compliance
up arrow 3%

Customer Service
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 24 votes.

Gender

Female
64 %
Male
36 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 76%
medical benefits
Vision: 68%
dental benefits
None: 13%
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