Forklift Driver Salary

The average wage for a Forklift Driver is $13.46 per hour. Pay for this job does not change much by experience, with the most experienced earning only a bit more than the least. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this field. Skills that are associated with high pay for this job are SHIPPING AND RECEIVING and Safety Compliance.
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$21,337 - $69,043
$21K
$34K
$69K
MEDIAN: $34,111
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$10.14 - $18.70
$10
$13
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MEDIAN: $13.46
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$21,337 - $69,043  
   
Bonus
$96.68 - $4,639  
Profit Sharing
$0.30 - $4,363  
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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$21,540 - $44,767  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 78
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$10.14 - $18.70  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.28  
Overtime
$14.54 - $27.86  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$96.68 - $4,639  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.30 - $4,363  
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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$21,540 - $44,767  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,721

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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

  • 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.

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Pay by Experience Level for Forklift Driver

Pay by Experience for a Forklift Driver has a positive trend. An entry-level Forklift Driver with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $28,000 based on 959 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Forklift Driver with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $31,000 based on 571 salaries. An experienced Forklift Driver which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $33,000 based on 489 salaries. A Forklift Driver with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $35,000 based on 199 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $30,158

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Forklift Driver Reviews

Q: 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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Key Stats for Forklift Driver

Gender

Female
9 %
Male
91 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 210 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
11%
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Experience Affects Forklift Driver Salaries

▲15%

▲10%

▲2%

National Average
$30,000

▼7%

Skills That Affect Forklift Driver Salaries

SHIPPING AND RECEIVING
▲60%




▲1%


National Average
$30,000

▼3%

Production Support
▼5%

forklift
▼6%

Order Inventory
▼7%

Driver
▼9%

Loading
▼13%

Picking
▼15%

Forklift Operator
▼15%


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 210 votes.

Gender

Female
9 %
Male
91 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 71%
dental benefits
Dental: 57%
vision benefits
Vision: 48%
no benefits
None: 27%