Forklift Driver Salary

Men make up the majority of Forklift Drivers in the United States, bringing in about $13.42 per hour. Overall cash earnings for Forklift Drivers stretch from $21K on the lower end to $45K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $4K from bonuses and $4K from profit sharing. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by the company, followed by experience level and location. The majority of individuals in this role claim moderate levels of job satisfaction. Health benefits are not claimed by all — just under a third lack any form of coverage — but a fair number have medical insurance, and the greater part have dental, too. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$20,621 - $68,784
$21K
$34K
$69K
MEDIAN: $33,773
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$10.12 - $18.63
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MEDIAN: $13.42
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$20,621 - $68,784  
   
Bonus
$24.66 - $4,122  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $3,606  
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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$21,430 - $44,762  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 79
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$10.12 - $18.63  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.28  
Overtime
$14.59 - $27.72  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$24.66 - $4,122  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $3,606  
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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$21,430 - $44,762  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,782

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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.

Common Career Paths for Forklift Driver


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Forklift Drivers who transition into a Warehouse Manager role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $43K per year. It is quite typical for Forklift Drivers to transition into roles as Warehouse Supervisors or Tractor-Trailer Drivers, where reported median earnings are $11K and $12K higher per year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Forklift Driver


Leading companies who hire large numbers of Forklift Drivers include Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, The Home Depot Inc., CEVA Logistics Ltd., Genco, and Costco Wholesale Company. Forklift Drivers seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Costco Wholesale Company, where the average salary comes to $50K. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, FedEx Freight, and The Home Depot Inc. also offer top salaries for Forklift Drivers. Workers at these firms can expect to earn about $40K, $38K, and $27K, respectively.

Workers also receive paychecks lighter than average at Ryder Integrated Logistics Inc ($26K), Tyson Foods, Inc. ($26K), and Genco ($27K).

Popular Skills for Forklift Driver


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, facility with SHIPPING AND RECEIVING, Safety Compliance, and Machine Operation are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 60 percent, 12 percent, and 8 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like forklift driver, Picking, and Forklift Operator. Those with knowledge of Receiving tend to be skilled in Shipping as well.

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. The average beginner in this position makes around $28K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $31K. Forklift Drivers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $33K. Forklift Drivers who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $35K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $30,075

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Houston offers some of the highest pay in the country for Forklift Drivers, 11 percent above the national average. Forklift Drivers will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+11 percent), St. Louis (+10 percent), Grand Rapids (+10 percent), and Detroit (+7 percent). Trailing the national average by 11 percent, Cincinnati is the market with the smallest paychecks. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Chicago and Fort Worth (10 percent lower and 8 percent lower, respectively).

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 214 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
12%
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Experience Affects Forklift Driver Salaries

▲16%

▲10%

▲2%

National Average
$30,000

▼7%

Skills That Affect Forklift Driver Salaries

SHIPPING AND RECEIVING
▲60%





▲1%

National Average
$30,000

▼4%

Production Support
▼5%

forklift
▼6%

Order Inventory
▼7%

Driver
▼9%

Loading
▼13%

Picking
▼15%

Forklift Operator
▼15%

forklift driver
▼16%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 214 votes.

Gender

Female
9 %
Male
91 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 70%
dental benefits
Dental: 56%
vision benefits
Vision: 47%
dental benefits
None: 28%
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