Forklift Driver Salary

Men represent the vast majority of Forklift Drivers in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $12.51 per hour nationwide. Pay generally varies between $9.69 per hour and $17.78. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by the company, followed by the particular city and years of experience. Health benefits are not claimed by all — just under one in three lack any form of coverage — but a majority have medical insurance, and slightly more than half have dental, too. Among folks in this role, job satisfaction levels approximately match the national average. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$19,617 - $49,696

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$9.69 - $17.78

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$19,617 - $49,696  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,020  
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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$20,472 - $42,177  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 58
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.69 - $17.78  
   
Overtime
$12.60 - $25.92  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,020  
   
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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$20,472 - $42,177  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,545
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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 often transition into Warehouse Manager positions, for which compensation tends to be much higher. On average, Warehouse Managers earn $42K per year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Forklift Driver


The biggest paychecks can be found at Costco Wholesale Company — the median salary there is $38K; however, employees are subject to a wide range in pay, with the lowest salaries sitting near $29K and highest ones in the neighborhood of $53K.


Survey results imply that Forklift Drivers deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Safety Compliance, ETL, Inventory Control, and Production Support are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include forklift driver, Forklift Operator, and Order Inventory. It is not unusual for someone who knows Receiving to be familiar with Shipping as well.

Pay by Experience Level for Forklift Driver

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


For many Forklift Drivers, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $26K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $29K. For Forklift Drivers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $31K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $32K on average.

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
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National Average
$28,000


Skills That Affect Forklift Driver Salaries

Safety Compliance
up arrow 16%

ETL (Extract, transform, load)
up arrow 11%

Inventory Control
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Production Support
up arrow 1%

Shipping
0%

forklift
0%

Machine Operation
0%

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
0%

National Average
$28,000

Receiving
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Driver
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Order Inventory
up arrow 9%

Forklift Operator
up arrow 11%

forklift driver
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 239 votes.

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 67% dental benefits Dental: 52%
vision benefits Vision: 44% employee benefits None: 31%
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