Forklift Driver Salary

Men make up the majority of Forklift Drivers in the United States, and the nationwide average salary in this area lies in the neighborhood of $12.48 per hour. Compensation ranges between $9.67 per hour and $17.77. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is the specific employer, though the particular city and tenure have a (lesser) impact as well. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — just under a third lack coverage. On the flip side, the larger part have medical insurance and over one-half receive dental plans. Most people in this profession are content with their work, and moderate levels of job satisfaction are reported. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$19,567 - $48,727
(Median)
$20K
$31K
$49K
MEDIAN: $30,580
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$9.67 - $17.77
(Median)
$9
$12
$18
MEDIAN: $12.00
10%
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$19,567 - $48,727  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,026  
Profit Sharing
$29.59 - $3,041  
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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$20,458 - $42,189  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 56
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.67 - $17.77  
   
Overtime
$12.55 - $25.91  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,026  
   
Profit Sharing
$29.59 - $3,041  
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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$20,458 - $42,189  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,520
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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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Forklift Drivers might see a strong upturn in salary after transitioning into upper-level roles such as Warehouse Manager, a seemingly popular career choice. People currently working in the latter position report a noticeably higher median income of $42K per year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Forklift Driver


Forklift Drivers seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Costco Wholesale Company, where the median salary comes to $38K, though the large pay difference between employees at the top ($29K) and those starting out ($53K) creates a rather diverse pay scale.


Forklift Drivers report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Safety Compliance and ETL (Extract, transform, load) are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 23 percent and 4 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include forklift driver, Forklift Operator, and Order Inventory. 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.


For Forklift Drivers, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $26K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $29K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Forklift Drivers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $31K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $33K.

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

Late-Career
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Experienced
up arrow 9%


National Average
$28,000


Skills That Affect Forklift Driver Salaries

Safety Compliance
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ETL (Extract, transform, load)
up arrow 4%

Inventory Control
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Production Support
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Machine Operation
up arrow 1%

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
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Shipping
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Driver
0%

National Average
$28,000

forklift
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Receiving
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Order Inventory
up arrow 9%

Forklift Operator
up arrow 11%

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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 238 votes.

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 67% dental benefits Dental: 52%
vision benefits Vision: 43% employee benefits None: 31%
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