Average Hourly Rate for Harbor Freight Tools Employees

Median pay for Harbor Freight Tools workers sits around $9.93 per hour, and overtime compensation can push that up to $23.86. For the most part, employee paychecks at Harbor Freight Tools fluctuate depending on geography; how long you've been working and what you do at the company also matter, but to a lesser degree. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (around $21.09 per hour) can be spotted in Calabasas, Calif.; Dillon, S.C. (about $15.48), Bellingham, Wash. ($10.63), and Jonesboro, Ark. (approximately $8.65) are the next top-paying cities. Within the company, workers earn the highest pay (an average of $20.73 per hour) in Texas.

Years of Experience

Average pay is $12.15 per hour for those with five to nine years of experience. When we consider tenure, a substantial portion of employees (55 percent) have been working for one to four years and make $9.49 per hour on average.


Nearing the top of the pay scale are Retail Store Managers, Warehouse Supervisors, Cashiers, and Pricing Coordinators; while the first receives the highest median pay at $13.50 per hour, the other salaries come in at $11.02, approximately $9.45, and around $9.25, respectively. Among the lower-paid positions at Harbor Freight Tools are Lead Cashiers — the median salary for this role approaches about $8.90.

Certifications and Degrees

Forklift Licenses earn approximately $15.13 per hour, far more than their non-accredited counterparts. The best paid folks at Harbor Freight Tools have an Associate's Degree, earning $9.83 per hour.


The best-paying skill to have in this role appears to be Operations Management; employees who claim this ability report median compensation of around $19.90 per hour. Customer Service is regularly seen around here; about one-half of those surveyed report it as a core competency. Inventory Management, Cash Handling, and Retail round out the set of key employee skills.

Benefits and Perks

Paid time off is in short supply here, with only 22 percent receiving paid vacation and a third of survey participants receiving paid sick days. Just over two-fifths of workers set aside retirement funds in an employer-sponsored 401(k). At Harbor Freight Tools, a majority of workers have health insurance, and the larger part of workers have dental coverage. A few more workplace perks are a casual working environment, life insurance, tuition reimbursement, and flexible hours.

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