Import Specialist Salary

Import Specialists in the United States take home an average $44K per year. Total cash compensation for Import Specialists runs from $31K to $66K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $5K and profit sharing that can reach almost $6K. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is geography, though years of experience and the individual firm have a (lesser) impact as well. Import Specialists survey participants are largely women, dominating at 64 percent. Most Import Specialists report high levels of job satisfaction. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$34,220 - $67,897
(Median)
$34K
$44K
$68K
MEDIAN: $44,235
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$12.25 - $22.93
(Median)
$12
$17
$23
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$34,220 - $67,897  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,096  
Profit Sharing
$102.13 - $6,040  
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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$31,148 - $65,984  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 157
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.25 - $22.93  
   
Overtime
$17.96 - $38.47  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,096  
   
Profit Sharing
$102.13 - $6,040  
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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$31,148 - $65,984  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 101
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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 who move on to become Import Managers may enjoy significant pay raises, as Import Managers get paid an average of $59K per year.

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Typical Import Specialists report a focused set of job skills. Import Compliance and Customer Service are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Customer Service and Import Compliance. Employees educated in Customer Service are typically practiced in Import Compliance, too.

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 $39K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $44K. Import Specialists with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $44K. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $52K.

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Experience Affects Import Specialist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 25%

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

Experienced
up arrow 5%

National Average
$42,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 7%

Skills That Affect Import Specialist Salaries

National Average
$42,000

Import Compliance
up arrow 4%

Customer Service
up arrow 16%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 40 votes.

Gender

Female
64 %
Male
36 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 74%
medical benefits
Vision: 60%
dental benefits
None: 12%
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