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Import Specialist Salary (United States)

The average Import Specialist in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $45K per year. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of Import Specialists (65 percent) who took the survey are female. Work is enjoyable for Import Specialists, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to just over a half. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
Import Specialist Salary (?
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$32,922 - $68,380
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $44,836
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Import Specialist Salary (?
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$11.91 - $23.66
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National Salary Data

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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$32,922 - $68,380  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,051  
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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$30,934 - $66,789  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 117
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$11.91 - $23.66  
   
Overtime
$18.40 - $38.25  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,051  
   
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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$30,934 - $66,789  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 57
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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.

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Import Specialists only report a few specific 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.
Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $47K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $41K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Import Specialists make a median salary of $42K. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $53K on average.

Pay Difference By Location

Houston
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Chicago
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National Average
$43,000
Charlotte
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Larger circles over a city indicate a job is popular in that location.
For Import Specialists, Houston provides a pay rate that is 21 percent greater than the national average. Import Specialists will also find cushy salaries in Chicago (+10 percent). Charlotte is the lowest-paying area, 5 percent south of the national average.

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Experience Affects Import Specialist Salaries

Late-Career
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$43,000
Experienced
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Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Import Specialist Salaries

National Average
$43,000
Import Compliance
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Customer Service
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Job Satisfaction

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Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5 based on 31 votes.

Gender

Female
65%
female alumni
 
Male
35%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
32%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 85% dental benefits Dental: 71%
vision benefits Vision: 52% employee benefits None: 13%