Forklift Driver Salary

Men represent the vast majority of Forklift Drivers in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $12.48 per hour nationwide. The pay spectrum stretches from $9.66 per hour to $17.76. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by the company, followed by geography and years of experience. Health benefits are not claimed by all — slightly less than a third lack any form of coverage — but more than half have medical insurance, and more than half have dental, too. Job satisfaction for Forklift Drivers is high. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$19,666 - $50,038
(Median)
$20K
$31K
$50K
MEDIAN: $30,580
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$9.66 - $17.76
(Median)
$9
$12
$18
MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$19,666 - $50,038  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,100  
Profit Sharing
$30.00 - $5,000  
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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$20,453 - $42,498  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 60
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.66 - $17.76  
   
Overtime
$12.65 - $26.09  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,100  
   
Profit Sharing
$30.00 - $5,000  
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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$20,453 - $42,498  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,519
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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.

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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


Although Costco Wholesale Company heads up the field in terms of compensation, offering the highest median salary at $38K, pay at this particular employer still varies considerably, running the full spectrum from $29K to $53K.


Forklift Drivers seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Fortunate workers who know Safety Compliance can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 23 percent above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include forklift driver, ETL, and Forklift Operator. It is not unusual for someone who knows Receiving to be familiar with Shipping as well.

Pay by Experience Level for Forklift Driver

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


For Forklift Drivers, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $26K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $29K on average — a distinctly larger sum. For Forklift Drivers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $31K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $32K on average.

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
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Experienced
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National Average
$28,000


Skills That Affect Forklift Driver Salaries

Safety Compliance
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Inventory Control
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Production Support
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Machine Operation
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Shipping
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Driver
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National Average
$28,000

forklift
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Receiving
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Quality Assurance / Quality Control
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Order Inventory
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Forklift Operator
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forklift driver
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ETL (Extract, transform, load)
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 239 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
23%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

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