Men account for the majority of Forklift Mechanics in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $20.55 per hour. Location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to a fair number, and a majority earn dental coverage. Most Forklift Mechanics like their work and job satisfaction is high. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$30,000 - $85,000
$30K
$52K
$85K
MEDIAN: $51,758
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50%
90%

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$15.22 - $27.06
$15
$21
$27
MEDIAN: $20.55
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$30,000 - $85,000  
   
Bonus
$98.63 - $2,980  
Profit Sharing
$1,221  
Commission
$4,500  
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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$32,394 - $62,418  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 19
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$15.22 - $27.06  
   
Overtime
$23.02 - $42.91  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$98.63 - $2,980  
   
Commission
$4,500  
Profit Sharing
$1,221  
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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$32,394 - $62,418  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 407

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Job Description for Forklift Mechanic

Forklift mechanics generally work with either diesel- or propane-powered forklifts and perform routine maintenance and repairs on forklifts and their engines. These mechanics must be able to utilize diagnostic tools in order to identify underlying problems, and knowledge of the many parts of a forklift is essential to perform the work safely; this includes their electrical systems, brakes, hydraulics, cooling systems, and engines.

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Forklift Mechanic Tasks

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

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Popular Skills for Forklift Mechanic


Forklift Mechanics report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Systems Troubleshooting, Industrial Hydraulics, Heavy Equipment Repair, and Electronic Troubleshooting are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Troubleshooting and Welding. Most people skilled in Electronic Troubleshooting are similarly competent in Automotive Engine Repair.

Pay by Experience Level for Forklift Mechanic

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


For Forklift Mechanics, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $40K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $45K. Forklift Mechanics who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $51K. Forklift Mechanics with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $53K.

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Key Stats for Forklift Mechanic

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 49 votes.
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Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
22%
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Experience Affects Forklift Mechanic Salaries



National Average
$46,000



Skills That Affect Forklift Mechanic Salaries

Systems Troubleshooting
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Heavy Equipment Repair
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National Average
$46,000

Welding
up arrow 10%

Troubleshooting
up arrow 16%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 49 votes.

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 80%
dental benefits
Dental: 65%
vision benefits
Vision: 54%
dental benefits
None: 18%
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