Import Specialist Salary
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.
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.Read More...
Import specialists have a variety of daily responsibilities, including checking cargo manifests on computers, checking physical cargo at a dock or in a warehouse, and communicating with shipping- and freight-forwarders. They also work with businesses and foreign shippers to help them understand import and export policies. If goods have been seized, these specialists have the authority to explain why and issue penalties and fines, seize prohibited cargo, and participate in negotiations and legal prosecution.
Import specialists work with others in a range of professions, such as international shippers, freight forwarders, domestic and foreign manufactures, ship captains, small and large businesses, lawyers, law enforcement, and other U.S. federal agencies. They work at airports, seaports, and land borders all around the U.S. and Canada, as well.
To become an import specialist, you need to be a United States citizen with proof of residency and have a Bachelor’s degree in Economics, Business, or Accounting, and three years of work experience. You will need to work well independently and as part of a team, and be able to pass a drug test and background check.
Import Specialist Tasks
- Coordinate and facilitate with contractors, shippers, clients and carriers.
- Build and maintain relationships with vendors, federal agencies and shippers.
- Create monthly and annual reports and documentation.
- Troubleshoot and resolve shipping, quality and regulation problems.
- Track data about shipments, facilities, brokers, clients and compliance.
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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.