Import Specialist Salary

Average Import Specialists in the United States make around $45K annually. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Import Specialists. More than half of Import Specialists (64 percent) survey participants are women. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

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

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$12.04 - $23.63
(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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$31,145 - $65,945  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 140
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$12.04 - $23.63  
   
Overtime
$17.48 - $41.54  
National Annualized Data (?
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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).
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$31,145 - $65,945  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 78
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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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Professional skills reported by Import Specialists are few in number. Import Compliance and Customer Service are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Customer Service.

Pay by Experience Level for Import Specialist

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


Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $40K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $45K on average. For Import Specialists, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $43K. Import Specialists who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median 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 6%

Skills That Affect Import Specialist Salaries

National Average
$42,000

Import Compliance
up arrow 3%

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
3%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 73%
vision benefits Vision: 55% employee benefits None: 11%
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