The average wage for a Forklift Driver is $13.33 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. A skill in Safety Compliance is associated with high pay for this job.
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$21,008 - $69,043
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$21K
$34K
$69K
MEDIAN: $34,466
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$10.08 - $18.66
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MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$21,008 - $69,043  
   
Bonus
$23.31 - $3,898  
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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$21,310 - $44,720  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 78
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$10.08 - $18.66  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.06  
Overtime
$14.42 - $27.69  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$23.31 - $3,898  
   
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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$21,310 - $44,720  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,680
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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.

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Pay by Experience Level for Forklift Driver

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

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $29,873

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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




National Average
$30,000


Skills That Affect Forklift Driver Salaries



Inventory Control
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Quality Assurance / Quality Control
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ETL (Extract, transform, load)
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Shipping
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National Average
$30,000

Production Support
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forklift
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Order Inventory
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Driver
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Loading
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Picking
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Forklift Operator
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 199 votes.

Gender

Female
9 %
Male
91 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 69%
dental benefits
Dental: 55%
medical benefits
Vision: 46%
dental benefits
None: 28%
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