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Import Specialist Salary

Import Specialists in the United States take home approximately $45K per year on average. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Work is enjoyable for Import Specialists, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. More than half of Import Specialists (64 percent) survey participants are women. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$33,337 - $66,656
(Median)
$33K
$45K
$67K
MEDIAN: $44,838
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50%
90%

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$12.08 - $23.72
(Median)
$12
$18
$24
MEDIAN: $17.00
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90%

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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
$33,337 - $66,656  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,978  
Profit Sharing
$509 - $5,833  
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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$31,145 - $65,060  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 133
National Hourly Rate 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$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$12.08 - $23.72  
   
Overtime
$17.48 - $41.54  
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.
)
$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,978  
   
Profit Sharing
$509 - $5,833  
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).
)
$31,145 - $65,060  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 75

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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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Survey takers who work as Import Specialists typically report just a few professional 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.


The average inexperienced worker earns $39K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $45K. Import Specialists who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $43K. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $53K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

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Experience Affects Import Specialist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 24%

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

Experienced
up arrow 2%

National Average
$42,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 8%

Skills That Affect Import Specialist Salaries

National Average
$42,000

Import Compliance
up arrow 2%

Customer Service
up arrow 24%

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
3%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 72%
vision benefits Vision: 54% employee benefits None: 12%
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