Forklift Driver Salary

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Forklift Drivers earn an average of $12.70 per hour. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $9.75 per hour and $17.94. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by the specific employer, but the particular city and tenure are influential factors as well. Although a majority have medical coverage and more than half have dental coverage, slightly less than a third claim no health benefits at all. The majority of individuals in this role claim moderate levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$20,079 - $58,724
(Median)
$20K
$31K
$59K
MEDIAN: $31,449
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$9.75 - $17.94
(Median)
$9
$13
$18
MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$20,079 - $58,724  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,180  
Profit Sharing
$29.36 - $3,064  
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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$20,587 - $42,928  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 73
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.75 - $17.94  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.82  
Overtime
$13.03 - $26.55  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,180  
   
Profit Sharing
$29.36 - $3,064  
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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$20,587 - $42,928  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,898
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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.

Common Career Paths for Forklift Driver


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Forklift Drivers who go on to become Warehouse Managers may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Warehouse Managers is $42K annually.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Forklift Driver


Many Forklift Drivers can be found at Costco Wholesale Company, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, Genco, CEVA Logistics Ltd., and Ryder Integrated Logistics Inc, firms that are at the top of the field. Although Wal-Mart Stores, Inc boasts the highest average salary in town at $39K, employee compensation still varies greatly — workers can make as little as $21K or as much as $45K.

Popular Skills for Forklift Driver


Forklift Drivers seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Safety Compliance, Inventory Management, ETL, and Inventory Control are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 7 percent and 16 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include forklift, Forklift Operator, and forklift driver. Receiving and Shipping are correlating skills — those who know the former usually know the latter.

Pay by Experience Level for Forklift Driver

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


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $26K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $29K. On average, Forklift Drivers make $31K following one to two decades on the job. 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 $32K.

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
$29,000


Skills That Affect Forklift Driver Salaries

Safety Compliance
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Inventory Management
up arrow 9%

ETL (Extract, transform, load)
up arrow 7%

Inventory Control
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Shipping
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Receiving
0%

Production Support
0%

National Average
$29,000

Order Inventory
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Quality Assurance / Quality Control
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Picking
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Loading
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Forklift Operator
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 272 votes.

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 68%
dental benefits
Dental: 53%
medical benefits
Vision: 44%
dental benefits
None: 30%
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