International Trade Compliance Manager Salary

International Trade Compliance Managers in the United States tend to be well-versed in their field, and about three-fifths have more than 10 years of experience. Average salary is expected to be around $84K annually, but may range from $51K to $129K per year. Total cash compensation for International Trade Compliance Managers runs from $51K to $129K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $19K and profit sharing that can reach almost $17K. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Nearly all receive medical and dental insurance and a strong majority get vision plans. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 53 percent. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$50,870 - $119,161
MEDIAN: $84,047

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$50,870 - $119,161  
$0.00 - $19,350  
Profit Sharing
$373.13 - $17,344  
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).
$50,854 - $129,181  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Sep 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 313
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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 indicated only a few skills that they use on the job. 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. It is not unusual for someone who knows Regulatory Compliance to be familiar with Trade Compliance as well.

Pay by Experience Level for

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

For International Trade Compliance Managers, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $66K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $82K. On average, International Trade Compliance Managers make $92K following one to two decades on the job. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $98K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

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Experience Affects Salaries

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National Average

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Skills That Affect 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 45 votes.


53 %
47 %

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: 91%
vision benefits Vision: 74% employee benefits None: 4%