Import/Export Agent Salary

The average Import & Export Agent in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $43K annually. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Women Import & Export Agents who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. Job satisfaction is considered about average by most people in this profession. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$28,061 - $59,617
$28K
$43K
$60K
MEDIAN: $43,340
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$13.85 - $23.62
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MEDIAN: $18.18
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$0$59K
Salary $28,061 - $59,617
Bonus $257.60 - $3,010
Total Pay (?
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$29,033 - $54,128
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 14 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 80
Hourly Data $0$34
Hourly Rate $13.85 - $23.62
Overtime $19.20 - $34.99
Annual Data $0$54K
Bonus $257.60 - $3,010
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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$29,033 - $54,128
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 14 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 54

Job Description for Import/Export Agent

Becoming an import/export agent requires very little specialized education and instead relies on individual competence. To work as an import/export agent, you generally are only required to hold a high school diploma at the very least. The primary function of an import/export agent is to organize and schedule shipments of goods. They need to know what is coming in and what is going out of a given location which requires extensive documentation. In addition to this, goods must be meticulously examined to ensure that they comply with all legal standards and requirements. Tracking shipments and ensuring their documentation is up to date and complete is an every day task for import/export agents.

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Import/Export Agent Tasks

  • Coordinate day-to-day import and export of products, including reviewing orders and documents.
  • Track and communicate all delays, damages, and other problems, working to resolve customer problems.
  • Ensure all regulations, certificates, and documentation needs are met, as well as tracking all shipments.
  • Set shipping schedules and communicate with customers, deliverers, and ports to verify loading, departures, and arrivals.

Common Career Paths for Import/Export Agent


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Import & Export Agents who move on to become Import Managers may enjoy significant pay raises, as Import Managers get paid an average of $59K per year. Import & Export Agents typically move into roles as Operations Managers or Import & Export Analysts, and those positions pay $17K more and $6K more, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Import/Export Agent


Survey results imply that Import & Export Agents put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, skills in Import Compliance, Export Compliance, Customer Service, and Logistics are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing Microsoft Excel as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Shipping and Logistics also typically command lower compensation. Most people who know Customer Service also know Export Compliance.

Pay by Experience Level for Import/Export Agent

Pay by Experience for an Import/Export Agent has a positive trend. An entry-level Import/Export Agent with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $36,000 based on 80 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Import/Export Agent with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $42,000 based on 46 salaries. An experienced Import/Export Agent which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $46,000 based on 36 salaries. An Import/Export Agent with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $52,000 based on 11 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $42,314

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Import & Export Agents, working in the bustling city of Seattle has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Import & Export Agents will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+9 percent) and Chicago (+5 percent). Location is a huge contributor to overall pay, with Import & Export Agents in Los Angeles earning a whopping 28 percent below the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Memphis (26 percent lower) and Miami (10 percent lower).

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Key Stats for Import/Export Agent

Gender

Female
63 %
Male
38 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 31 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
13%

Experience Affects Import/Export Agent Salaries

Late-Career
▲24%

▲8%

▼0%

National Average
$42,000

▼15%

Skills That Affect Import/Export Agent Salaries



National Average
$42,000


Shipping
▼9%

Logistics
▼9%

Microsoft Excel
▼20%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 31 votes.

Gender

Female
63 %
Male
38 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 82%
vision benefits
Vision: 58%
no benefits
None: 9%