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Forklift Driver Salary

Men make up the majority of Forklift Drivers in the United States, bringing in about $12.39 per hour. Compensation ranges from $9.59 per hour on the lower end to $17.71 on the higher end. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by location, followed by career length and the particular employer. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — just under a third lack coverage. On the flip side, a majority have medical insurance and a little over a half receive dental plans. Though the majority of Forklift Drivers do not report high levels of job satisfaction, most are moderately content with their role. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
$19,916 - $53,723
(Median)
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25K
32K
44K
54K
MEDIAN: $32,492
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$9.59 - $17.71
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MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$19,916 - $53,723  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,031  
Profit Sharing
$43.70 - $5,034  
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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$20,414 - $42,519  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 60
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.59 - $17.71  
   
Overtime
$12.56 - $26.04  
National Annualized 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.
)
$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,031  
   
Profit Sharing
$43.70 - $5,034  
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).
)
$20,414 - $42,519  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,305
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Job Description for Forklift Driver

Forklift drivers operate forklifts and other material-handling equipment to move products from one part of a facility to another. They must be able to occasionally lift heavy items, as they will often rearrange merchandise which is not properly positioned. Forklift drivers must have good hand-eye coordination because forklifts are sophisticated pieces of machinery which require some skill to manage effectively.

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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 who advance into the role of a Warehouse Manager are fairly uncommon. Warehouse Managers on average earn $42K per year. Given that the typical pay is $26K, it may be surprising to find that a Warehouse Worker is the most common role for Forklift Drivers to subsequently assume on their way up the ladder. Transitioning into a Warehouse Supervisor role — which pays $40K — is also typical for Forklift Drivers, though less common by comparison.

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Forklift Drivers report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Inventory Control, Production Support, Receiving, and Order Inventory are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing ETL as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Machine Operation and forklift also typically command lower compensation. Competency in Receiving frequently indicates knowledge of Shipping.

Pay by Experience Level for Forklift Driver

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


For Forklift Drivers, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. 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. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $33K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

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
up arrow 16%

Experienced
up arrow 10%

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

National Average
$28,000


Skills That Affect Forklift Driver Salaries

Inventory Control
up arrow 8%

Production Support
up arrow 2%

Receiving
up arrow 1%

Shipping
0%

Order Inventory
0%

National Average
$28,000

forklift
up arrow 5%

Machine Operation
up arrow 10%

ETL (Extract, transform, load)
up arrow 22%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 213 votes.

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 68% dental benefits Dental: 53%
vision benefits Vision: 43% employee benefits None: 30%