Forklift Driver Salary (United States)

A Forklift Driver earns an average wage of $12.32 per hour. People in this job generally don't have more than 20 years' experience.
Forklift Driver Total Pay (?
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$19,746 - $54,678
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $32,189
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Forklift Driver Total Pay (?
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$9.57 - $17.40
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MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$19,746 - $54,678  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,038  
Profit Sharing
$43.40 - $5,068  
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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$20,374 - $42,413  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,232
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.57 - $17.40  
   
Overtime
$12.46 - $25.74  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,038  
   
Profit Sharing
$43.40 - $5,068  
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).
)
$20,374 - $42,413  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,232
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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.

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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

Fort Worth
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Chicago
up arrow 10%
San Diego
up arrow 9%
New York
up arrow 8%
Columbus
up arrow 6%
Toledo
up arrow 6%
Cincinnati
up arrow 2%
Atlanta
0%
National Average
$28,000
Dallas
up arrow 2%
Baltimore
up arrow 2%
Los Angeles
up arrow 3%
Orlando
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Houston
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Indianapolis
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Phoenix
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Experience Affects Forklift Driver Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 17%
Experienced
up arrow 10%
Mid-Career
up arrow 3%
National Average
$28,000

Skills That Affect Forklift Driver Salaries

Inventory Control
up arrow 9%
Receiving
up arrow 3%
Production Support
up arrow 2%
Order Inventory
0%
National Average
$28,000
Shipping
up arrow 1%
forklift
up arrow 4%
Machine Operation
up arrow 4%
Driver/Core Development
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
9%
female alumni
 
Male
91%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 69% dental benefits Dental: 55%
vision benefits Vision: 43% employee benefits None: 29%
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