International Trade Compliance Manager Salary

With approximately three in five of International Trade Compliance Managers in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience in the field, this area is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Pay ranges from $51K to $123K per year and averages out to $84K annually. Overall cash earnings for International Trade Compliance Managers stretch from $51K on the lower end to $123K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $19K from bonuses and $17K from profit sharing. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most International Trade Compliance Managers. Nearly all receive medical and dental insurance and a strong majority get vision insurance. Women International Trade Compliance Managers who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$50,740 - $115,260

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National Salary Data (?
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$50,740 - $115,260  
$0.00 - $19,214  
Profit Sharing
$370.95 - $17,452  
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).
$50,731 - $123,224  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 287
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Job Description for International Trade Compliance Manager

International trade compliance managers are responsible for managing all compliance aspects of international trade on behalf of their organization. They are in charge of leading a team of trade professionals to fulfill all company and government requirements for their trade projects. In addition, these individuals create effective export and import initiatives to increase productivity and reduce trade-related issues. The international trade compliance manager's main functions also include verifying trade documents, authorizing business decisions, reviewing marketing and execution documentation, and managing the development and submission of transaction licenses, agreements, and other regulatory appeals.


International Trade Compliance Manager Tasks

  • Cultivate relations with government and customs entities to encourage communication.
  • Lead, evaluate and make recommendations based on audits and identified risks.
  • Review and update customs documentation, including declarations and coding.
  • Create and update customs and regulatory policy, documentation and processes.
  • Support and train staff on regulations, policies and best practices.

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International Trade Compliance Managers who responded to the survey report just a handful of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Regulatory Compliance, Trade Compliance, Export Compliance, and Import Compliance are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Import Compliance and Export Compliance. Employees educated in Regulatory Compliance are typically practiced in Trade Compliance, too.

Pay by Experience Level for International Trade Compliance Manager

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

International Trade Compliance Managers with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $66K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $83K. For International Trade Compliance Managers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $90K. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $98K.

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Experience Affects International Trade Compliance Manager Salaries

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National Average

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Skills That Affect International Trade Compliance Manager Salaries

Trade Compliance
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National Average

Export Compliance
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 43 votes.


52 %
48 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 95% dental benefits Dental: 90%
vision benefits Vision: 73% employee benefits None: 3%