Forklift Driver Salary
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.Read More...
Furthermore, it is important to understand the logistics of the facility being worked in and to place items in the proper area. Usually, the forklift driver will be assigned tasks for the day and then will perform these tasks independently. Communication skills are still essential, in order to help the workflow and to maintain safety. It may be important to be familiar with the workings of a forklift and to perform routine maintenance and troubleshooting if it is not working properly. The forklift driver may also have sending and receiving duties on the loading dock.
There are usually no specific education requirements to this job, though many employers will require a high school diploma. Some jobs will offer on the job training to become a certified forklift driver, while other positions will only hire those who already have prior experience and certification. Job hours vary widely, and some jobs will require the forklift driver to work late-night or early-morning shifts. This job is sometimes carried out in the outdoors, subjecting the driver to unpleasant weather conditions.
Forklift Driver Tasks
- Operate forklift.
- Assist stockers as needed.
- 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.
Common Career Paths for Forklift Driver
Forklift Drivers who transition into a Warehouse Manager role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $43K per year. It is quite typical for Forklift Drivers to transition into roles as Warehouse Supervisors or Tractor-Trailer Drivers, where reported median earnings are $11K and $12K higher per year.
Forklift Operator Job Listings
Search for more jobs:
Popular Employer Salaries for Forklift Driver
Leading companies who hire large numbers of Forklift Drivers include Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, The Home Depot Inc., CEVA Logistics Ltd., Genco, and Costco Wholesale Company. Forklift Drivers seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Costco Wholesale Company, where the average salary comes to $50K. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, FedEx Freight, and The Home Depot Inc. also offer top salaries for Forklift Drivers. Workers at these firms can expect to earn about $40K, $38K, and $27K, respectively.
Workers also receive paychecks lighter than average at Ryder Integrated Logistics Inc ($26K), Tyson Foods, Inc. ($26K), and Genco ($27K).
Popular Skills for Forklift Driver
Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, facility with SHIPPING AND RECEIVING, Safety Compliance, and Machine Operation are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 60 percent, 12 percent, and 8 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like forklift driver, Picking, and Forklift Operator. Those with knowledge of Receiving tend to be skilled in Shipping as well.
Pay by Experience Level for Forklift Driver
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. The average beginner in this position makes around $28K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $31K. Forklift Drivers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $33K. Forklift Drivers who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $35K.
Pay Difference by Location
Houston offers some of the highest pay in the country for Forklift Drivers, 11 percent above the national average. Forklift Drivers will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+11 percent), St. Louis (+10 percent), Grand Rapids (+10 percent), and Detroit (+7 percent). Trailing the national average by 11 percent, Cincinnati is the market with the smallest paychecks. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Chicago and Fort Worth (10 percent lower and 8 percent lower, respectively).
Forklift Driver Reviews
Related Job Salaries
Key Stats for Forklift Driver
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 214 votes.