Forklift Driver Salary (United States)

Men make up the majority of Forklift Drivers in the in the United States, bringing in about $12.37 per hour. The pay spectrum stretches from $9.55 per hour to $17.50. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by geographic location, followed by career duration and the individual firm. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and around one third lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a majority and dental coverage is claimed by more than half. The majority of individuals in this role claim moderate levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this overview are derived from responses to the PayScale salary survey.
Forklift Driver Salary (?
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$19,844 - $54,121
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MEDIAN: $32,189
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Forklift Driver Salary (?
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$9.55 - $17.50
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National Salary Data

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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$19,844 - $54,121  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,036  
Profit Sharing
$43.06 - $5,106  
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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$20,363 - $42,323  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 57
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.55 - $17.50  
   
Overtime
$12.54 - $25.99  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,036  
   
Profit Sharing
$43.06 - $5,106  
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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$20,363 - $42,323  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,218
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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 not commonly found, Forklift Drivers who move on to become Warehouse Managers bring in an additional $13,885 annually. A Warehouse Worker role is the most prevalent career advancement for Forklift Drivers, though paychecks actually shrink by $1,938. a Warehouse Supervisor position is another common transition for Forklift Drivers; in this role, salaries typically increase by $12,375.

Forklift Driver Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Forklift Driver

Costco Wholesale Company offers the largest salaries in town—$38,360 on average—but the considerable range in workers' salaries (stretching from $29K to $53K) creates a rather varied pay scale.

Pay by Experience Level for Forklift Driver

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Forklift Drivers with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy higher salaries, as pay increases are mainly incremental. Workers new to the field can expect to earn $26K, increasing to $29K after five to 10 years. Earnings total $31K after one to two decades. The 20-year mark seems to bring slower salary growth, and Forklift Drivers at this tenure level tend to see their incomes plateau to $33K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 26 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise 2 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 12 percent. More than half of respondents report one to nine years of experience.

Pay Difference By Location

Fort Worth
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Chicago
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San Diego
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Columbus
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Toledo
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Los Angeles
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Cincinnati
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Atlanta
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National Average
$28,000
Baltimore
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Orlando
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Dallas
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Houston
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Charlotte
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Indianapolis
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For Forklift Drivers, Fort Worth provides a pay rate that is 16 percent greater than the national average. Forklift Drivers will also find cushy salaries in Chicago (+9 percent), San Diego (+8 percent), Toledo (+6 percent), and Columbus (+6 percent). With compensation 15 percent below the national average, Phoenix is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Employers pay around -13 percent in Indianapolis and -10 percent in Charlotte, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Experience Affects Forklift Driver Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$28,000

Skills That Affect Forklift Driver Salaries

Inventory Control
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Receiving
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Production Support
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Order Inventory
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National Average
$28,000
Shipping
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forklift
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 205 votes.

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: 68% dental benefits Dental: 54%
vision benefits Vision: 44% employee benefits None: 30%
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