Import Specialist Salary

Import Specialists in the United States take home an average $45K 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. More than half of Import Specialists (64 percent) survey participants are women. Work is enjoyable for Import Specialists, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$33,505 - $67,109
(Median)
$34K
$45K
$67K
MEDIAN: $45,275
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90%

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$12.07 - $23.58
(Median)
$12
$18
$24
MEDIAN: $17.00
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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
$33,505 - $67,109  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,966  
Profit Sharing
$850 - $5,500  
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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$31,101 - $65,844  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 140
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$12.07 - $23.58  
   
Overtime
$17.53 - $41.25  
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$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,966  
   
Profit Sharing
$850 - $5,500  
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).
)
$31,101 - $65,844  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 80
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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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Just a handful of professional skills are reported by Import Specialists who took the survey. Import Compliance and Customer Service are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Skills that pay less than market rate include Customer Service.

Pay by Experience Level for Import Specialist

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


Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $40K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $45K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $43K. Seasoned veterans with 20 years under their belts enjoy a median income 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
$42,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 7%

Skills That Affect Import Specialist Salaries

National Average
$42,000

Import Compliance
up arrow 2%

Customer Service
up arrow 16%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 39 votes.

Gender

Female
64 %
Male
36 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 72%
vision benefits Vision: 55% employee benefits None: 11%
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