Forklift Driver Salary

Men account for the majority of Forklift Drivers in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $12.70 per hour. Pay generally varies between $9.75 per hour and $17.94. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by the specific employer, but the particular city and experience level are influential factors as well. Although slightly less than a third lack health benefits of any kind, a majority do enjoy medical insurance, and just over a half get dental coverage, too. Though the majority of Forklift Drivers do not report high levels of job satisfaction, most are moderately content with their role. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$20,079 - $58,724
(Median)
$20K
$31K
$59K
MEDIAN: $31,449
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$9.75 - $17.94
(Median)
$9
$13
$18
MEDIAN: $12.00
10%
50%
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$20,079 - $58,724  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,180  
Profit Sharing
$29.36 - $3,064  
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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$20,587 - $42,928  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 73
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.75 - $17.94  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.82  
Overtime
$13.03 - $26.55  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,180  
   
Profit Sharing
$29.36 - $3,064  
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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$20,587 - $42,928  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,898
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Job Description for Forklift Driver

A forklift driver often works in a warehouse, at a construction site, or in a retail environment. The forklift driver may place items onto the forklift, so this job sometimes requires the ability to lift heavy items. The forklift driver may also have to climb under and on top of railcars, so it is important to be able to perform this physical duty.

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Forklift Driver Tasks

  • Assist the receiving staff by placing the merchandise in the proper location throughout the warehouse using a scanner.
  • Return the merchandise to the proper location.
  • Operate forklift.
  • Assist stockers as needed.

Common Career Paths for Forklift Driver


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For Forklift Drivers, progressing to a Warehouse Manager role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Warehouse Manager can earn $42K annually.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Forklift Driver


Forklift Drivers flock to Costco Wholesale Company, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, Genco, CEVA Logistics Ltd., and Ryder Integrated Logistics Inc, highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. For Forklift Drivers, comfortable salaries can be found at Wal-Mart Stores, Inc; in fact, average earnings are around $39K, the highest in the area, though the difference in the company's lowest and highest employee paychecks ($21K versus $45K) is great.

Popular Skills for Forklift Driver


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Safety Compliance, Inventory Management, ETL, and Inventory Control are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 7 percent and 16 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include forklift, Forklift Operator, and forklift driver. Employees educated in Receiving are typically practiced in Shipping, too.

Pay by Experience Level for Forklift Driver

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


Forklift Drivers with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $26K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $29K. Forklift Drivers see a median salary of $31K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $32K.

Forklift Driver Reviews

What is it like working as a Forklift Driver?

Forklift Driver in Paragould:
"Job u can retire from."
Pros: It is not physically challenging and I can do this job into my retirement years.
Cons: The pay.

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Experience Affects Forklift Driver Salaries




National Average
$29,000


Skills That Affect Forklift Driver Salaries

Safety Compliance
up arrow 16%

Inventory Management
up arrow 9%

ETL (Extract, transform, load)
up arrow 7%

Inventory Control
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Shipping
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Receiving
0%

Production Support
0%

National Average
$29,000

Order Inventory
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Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 5%

Picking
up arrow 8%

Loading
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Forklift Operator
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 272 votes.

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 68%
dental benefits
Dental: 53%
medical benefits
Vision: 44%
dental benefits
None: 30%
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