A Forklift Driver earns an average wage of $12.29 per hour. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years' experience in this field. A skill in Order Inventory is associated with high pay for this job.
Forklift Driver Total Pay (?
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$19,868 - $55,572
(Median)
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33K
46K
56K
MEDIAN: $33,078
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Forklift Driver Total Pay (?
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$9.56 - $17.36
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MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$19,868 - $55,572  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,482  
Profit Sharing
$30.41 - $2,466  
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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$20,374 - $43,375  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,154
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.56 - $17.36  
   
Overtime
$12.55 - $26.32  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,482  
   
Profit Sharing
$30.41 - $2,466  
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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$20,374 - $43,375  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,154
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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.
Pay by Experience Level for Forklift Driver
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Pay Difference By Location
Fort Worth
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Chicago
up arrow 12%
Toledo
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New York
up arrow 8%
Fontana
up arrow 7%
Cincinnati
up arrow 2%
Atlanta
up arrow 1%
National Average
$28,000
Columbus
up arrow 1%
Dallas
up arrow 3%
Los Angeles
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Baltimore
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Houston
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Indianapolis
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Phoenix
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Experience Affects Forklift Driver Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 20%
Experienced
up arrow 9%
Mid-Career
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National Average
$28,000

Skills That Affect Forklift Driver Salaries

Order Inventory
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Receiving
up arrow 8%
Production Support
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Shipping
0%
National Average
$28,000
forklift
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Machine Operation
up arrow 3%
Driver/Core Development
up arrow 8%
Job Satisfaction
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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 187 votes.
Gender
Female
9%
female alumni
 
Male
91%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
12%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 68% dental benefits Dental: 54%
vision benefits Vision: 42% employee benefits None: 30%
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