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Forklift Driver Salary

Men represent the vast majority of Forklift Drivers in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $12.47 per hour nationwide. Earnings generally vary between $9.64 per hour and $17.82. While geography and years of experience impact pay for this group, the particular firm is the most influential factor. Although a majority have medical coverage and a little over a half have dental coverage, slightly less than a third claim no health benefits at all. Most Forklift Drivers report high levels of job satisfaction. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$19,666 - $51,053
(Median)
$20K
$31K
$51K
MEDIAN: $30,843
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$9.64 - $17.82
(Median)
$9
$12
$18
MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary 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.
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$19,666 - $51,053  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,168  
Profit Sharing
$30.41 - $4,932  
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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$20,441 - $42,691  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 60
National Hourly Rate 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.
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.64 - $17.82  
   
Overtime
$12.68 - $26.13  
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 - $1,168  
   
Profit Sharing
$30.41 - $4,932  
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).
)
$20,441 - $42,691  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,449

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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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While Forklift Drivers do not often become Warehouse Managers, the job pays $42K per year on average.

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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 participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Inventory Control, Production Support, Shipping, and ETL (Extract, transform, load) are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Forklift Operator, Machine Operation, and forklift. Receiving and Shipping are also commonly seen together.

Pay by Experience Level for Forklift Driver

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


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $26K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $29K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $31K in this role. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $33K.

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 17%

Experienced
up arrow 10%


National Average
$28,000


Skills That Affect Forklift Driver Salaries


Production Support
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Shipping
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Order Inventory
0%

ETL (Extract, transform, load)
0%

National Average
$28,000

Driver
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Receiving
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forklift driver
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forklift
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Machine Operation
up arrow 11%

Forklift Operator
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 235 votes.

Gender

Female
9 %
Male
91 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 67% dental benefits Dental: 52%
vision benefits Vision: 43% employee benefits None: 31%
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