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Average Hourly Rate for Harbor Freight Tools Employees

The average pay for Harbor Freight Tools employees is $10.36 per hour. With overtime, that gets bumped up to $19.00. Your role at the company plays the largest role in compensation at Harbor Freight Tools, but where you live and your experience level affect income (to a lesser degree) as well. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

How This Employer Pays

Harbor Freight Tools typically pays:
above market

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Employer: Harbor Freight Tools
Hourly Rate Range by Job
Job (Number Reporting)
National Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
[-]Cashier (4)
$7.40 - $10.58  
[-]Cashier (4)
Hourly Rate$7.40 - $10.58  
[+]Pricing Coordinator (3)
$7.50 - $12.88  
[+]Pricing Coordinator (3)
Hourly Rate$7.50 - $12.88  
[+]Warehouse Supervisor (3)
$8.61 - $14.69  
[+]Warehouse Supervisor (3)
Hourly Rate$8.61 - $14.69  
[+]Assistant Manager, Customer Service (2)
$9.91 - $21.84  
[+]Assistant Manager, Customer Service (2)
Hourly Rate$9.91 - $21.84  
 Precise Range (?
XPrecise ranges are calculated based on validated data submitted by employees in this job at this company.
)     Estimated Range (?
XWhen PayScale has limited employee-submitted data, we base estimated ranges on a broader set of relevant employee profiles to calculate the most accurate ranges for this job at this company.
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 21 Nov 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 59
United States (change)


Retail Store Assistant Managers earn the highest median pay at $20.50, followed by Assistant Operations Managers (around $17.51), Assistant Customer Service Managers (approximately $17.50), and Warehouse Supervisors ($10.67). At about $8.33, Cashiers are among the lowest paid at Harbor Freight Tools.


Residents of Calabasas pick up paychecks that are higher than any other city — the median salary is $21.09 per hour; other top-paying cities include Dillon ($15.00) and Houston ($12.19). By state, South Carolina offers the highest pay at around $15.00 per hour.

Years of Experience

Survey participants who have worked at Harbor Freight Tools for between five and ten years earn $14.90 on average. A typical employee has one to four years of experience and earns about $9.76 per hour.

Certifications and Degrees

OSHA Forklift Operator Certifications are compensated at a much higher rate than non-authorized workers, bringing in close to approximately $9.88. Harbor Freight Tools provides the highest financial reward to those with an Associate's Degree, Criminal Justice — these employees rake in about $11.44 per hour.


Employees who count Inventory Management among their skills tend to enjoy higher pay; the median for this group is $15.39. Customer Service also popped up often in the survey as an important skill; more than half of employees surveyed report using it at work. Employees also tend to round out their skills sets with Retail, Cash Handling, and Sales.

Benefits and Perks

The company is somewhat lacking in the benefits department, and only 28 percent report compensation for sick days and vacation time. More than half of workers take advantage of the 401(k) plan that Harbor Freight Tools sponsors. A majority of workers have health insurance, and benefits for more than half of workers also include dental insurance. Additional benefits of working here are a casual working environment, life insurance, flexible hours, and 401(a).

Key Stats for Harbor Freight Tools


42 %
58 %
Hourly Rate
$8 - $15
Hourly Rate
$9 - $16
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 18 votes.

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