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Forklift Mechanic Salary

The average rate for a Forklift Mechanic is $19.22 per hour. A skill in Systems Troubleshooting is associated with high pay for this job. Pay for this job does not change much by experience, with the most experienced earning only a bit more than the least.
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$32,500 - $70,000
(Median)
$32K
$45K
$70K
MEDIAN: $45,000
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$13.82 - $25.79
(Median)
$14
$19
$26
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$32,500 - $70,000  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,523  
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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$29,483 - $58,455  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 14
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$13.82 - $25.79  
   
Overtime
$21.47 - $40.83  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,523  
   
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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$29,483 - $58,455  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 274
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Job Description for Forklift Mechanic

A forklift mechanic is considered a mobile heavy equipment mechanic. A forklift mechanic's main responsibility is to diagnose, service, and maintain mechanical lifting equipment. Work is performed on powered lift machinery including electric, gas, propane, and diesel, as well as non-powered pump jacks and hydraulic equipment. Responsibilities are to perform service calls at client addresses that could be inside or outside, in heated or unheated environments. Forklift mechanics communicate with warehouse and client personal to diagnose problems and develop a service plan. They also perform services such as cleaning, lubrication, and engine and lift repair, battery maintenance, and needed service on all systems and components. Service calls will be performed on a regular basis for both preventive maintenance and emergency repair. Mechanics must log all work performed, complete all safety checklists and required forms, and schedule appropriate preventive maintenance and service visits. Work can include disassembly and reassembly of equipment, and moving and relocating equipment for major repairs and convenience. Some of the work could involve heavy lifting and can be physical. Workers must maintain a clean, safe environment and assure compliance with all regulations, including OSHA and the DOT. Workers will need knowledge of mechanical, electrical, and hydraulic systems, and must possess the ability to learn and read technical manuals. The ability to work well with tools and machinery is a requirement, as is a flexible schedule is required, as service calls can come at any time. Mechanics must also have a valid driver's license, and will be expected to supply and keep track of tools.


Forklift Mechanic Tasks

  • Read, understand and apply information from technical manuals, prints and schematics.
  • Maintain shop supplies, shop and tools.
  • Maintain and repair heavy equipment, hydraulic, pneumatic, and electrical machinery and systems.

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Pay by Experience Level for Forklift Mechanic

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

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Experience Affects Forklift Mechanic Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 16%

Experienced
up arrow 8%

National Average
$41,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

Entry-Level
up arrow 10%

Skills That Affect Forklift Mechanic Salaries

Systems Troubleshooting
up arrow 26%


National Average
$41,000

Industrial Hydraulics
up arrow 1%

Troubleshooting
up arrow 7%

Automotive Engine Repair
up arrow 19%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 41 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 78% dental benefits Dental: 60%
vision benefits Vision: 43% employee benefits None: 19%