Import Specialist Salary

An average Import Specialist in the United States can expect to take home roughly $44K per year. Cash earnings for Import Specialists — including $5K in bonuses and $6K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $31K to $66K depending on individual performance. Geographic location is the main element affecting pay for this group — career duration and the specific company are driving factors as well. More than half of Import Specialists (64 percent) survey participants are women. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Most Import Specialists like their work and job satisfaction is high. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$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 often transition into Import Manager positions, for which compensation tends to be much higher. On average, Import Managers earn $59K per year.

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Survey takers who work as Import Specialists usually report a few specific skills. Import Compliance and Customer Service are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Skills that pay less than market rate include Customer Service and Import Compliance. Customer Service and Import Compliance are correlating skills — those who know the former usually know the latter.

Pay by Experience Level for Import Specialist

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


People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $39K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $44K. For Import Specialists, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $44K. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $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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