Men make up the majority of Forklift Drivers in the United States, bringing in about $13.33 per hour. With some bonuses approaching $4K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $4K, overall incomes of Forklift Drivers spread between $21K and $45K depending on individual performance. The particular firm is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography and years of experience. Job satisfaction is considered about average by most people in this profession. While some workers in this profession — just under one in three — do not have any health coverage, the greater part do receive medical benefits and slightly more than half have dental insurance. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$21,008 - $69,043
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$21K
$34K
$69K
MEDIAN: $34,466
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$10.08 - $18.66
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MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$21,008 - $69,043  
   
Bonus
$23.31 - $3,898  
Profit Sharing
$0.30 - $4,363  
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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$21,310 - $44,720  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 78
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$10.08 - $18.66  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.06  
Overtime
$14.42 - $27.69  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$23.31 - $3,898  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.30 - $4,363  
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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$21,310 - $44,720  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,680
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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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As Forklift Drivers transition into upper-level roles such as Warehouse Manager, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Warehouse Managers earn $43K on average per year. Forklift Drivers typically move into roles as Warehouse Supervisors or Tractor-Trailer Drivers, and those positions pay $11K more and $13K more, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Forklift Driver


Many Forklift Drivers can be found at Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, CEVA Logistics Ltd., Genco, Tyson Foods, Inc., and The Home Depot Inc., firms that are at the top of the field. Costco Wholesale Company offers the highest compensation with a median salary of $50K. Forklift Drivers will also find cushy salaries at Wal-Mart Stores, Inc (+$41K), Tyson Foods, Inc. (+$27K), and The Home Depot Inc. (+$27K).

Ryder Integrated Logistics Inc, Genco and The Home Depot Inc. are three other employers with a reputation for below-average pay, showing salaries around $26K, $27K, and $27K.

Popular Skills for Forklift Driver


Forklift Drivers seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in Safety Compliance, Machine Operation, Quality Assurance / Quality Control, and Inventory Control are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 12 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Picking, Forklift Operator, and forklift driver. 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 many Forklift Drivers, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $28K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $30K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $33K. Forklift Drivers with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $35K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $29,873

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For Forklift Drivers, working in the bustling city of St. Louis has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Forklift Drivers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+15 percent), Houston (+13 percent), Grand Rapids (+11 percent), and Detroit (+8 percent). The lowest-paying market is San Diego, which sits 9 percent below the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Fort Worth and Chicago (9 percent lower and 8 percent lower, respectively).

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
$30,000


Skills That Affect Forklift Driver Salaries



Inventory Control
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Quality Assurance / Quality Control
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ETL (Extract, transform, load)
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Shipping
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National Average
$30,000

Production Support
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Loading
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Picking
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 199 votes.

Gender

Female
9 %
Male
91 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 69%
dental benefits
Dental: 55%
medical benefits
Vision: 46%
dental benefits
None: 28%
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