International Trade Compliance Manager Salary

International Trade Compliance Managers in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with about three in five bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $83K annually on average but can range from $51K to $122K per year. Total incomes of International Trade Compliance Managers incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $19K from bonuses and close to $17K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $51K and $122K. 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. Women make up a slight majority of International Trade Compliance Managers (52 percent) survey respondents. Nearly all have medical and dental plans, and a strong majority have vision insurance. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$50,613 - $114,133
MEDIAN: $83,320

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$50,613 - $114,133  
$0.00 - $19,415  
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).
$50,608 - $121,963  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 281
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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. Skills that pay less than market rate include Import Compliance and Export Compliance. Aptitude in Regulatory Compliance tends to also indicate an understanding of Trade Compliance.

Pay by Experience Level for International Trade Compliance Manager

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

Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. The average beginner in this position makes around $66K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $82K. International Trade Compliance Managers see a median salary of $89K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $98K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

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Experience Affects International Trade Compliance Manager Salaries

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Skills That Affect International Trade Compliance Manager Salaries

Trade Compliance
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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: 91%
vision benefits Vision: 73% employee benefits None: 4%