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Forklift Mechanic Salary (United States)

Forklift Mechanics in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $19.18 per hour. Medical benefits are awarded to a fair portion, and more than half earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. This overview is derived from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
Forklift Mechanic Salary (?
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$35,436 - $69,043
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $45,781
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Forklift Mechanic Salary (?
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$13.90 - $25.78
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MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$35,436 - $69,043  
   
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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$29,603 - $58,657  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 11
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$13.90 - $25.78  
   
Overtime
$21.73 - $41.48  
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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$29,603 - $58,657  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 227
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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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Survey results suggest that Forklift Mechanics put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, facility with Systems Troubleshooting and Electronic Troubleshooting are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 32 percent and 5 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Automotive Engine Repair and Troubleshooting. Employees educated in Electronic Troubleshooting are typically practiced in Industrial Hydraulics, too.

Pay by Experience Level for Forklift Mechanic

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For Forklift Mechanics, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Folks who are navigating the first five years of their careers have a median salary of approximately $38K in this position. Those who have been around for five to 10 years don't get much more, though; the median salary in that group is $40K. Forklift Mechanics who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $45K. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $48K. The majority of Forklift Mechanics have only one to 10 years of practice in the field. Workers with 10 to 20 years make up the second biggest group followed by those with more than 20 years under their belt.

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Experience Affects Forklift Mechanic Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 16%
Experienced
up arrow 9%
National Average
$41,000
Mid-Career
up arrow 3%
Entry-Level
up arrow 9%

Skills That Affect Forklift Mechanic Salaries

Systems Troubleshooting
up arrow 32%
National Average
$41,000
Industrial Hydraulics
up arrow 1%
Troubleshooting
up arrow 7%
Automotive Engine Repair
up arrow 19%

Job Satisfaction

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Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5 based on 35 votes.

Gender

Female
1%
female alumni
 
Male
99%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
24%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
26%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 79% dental benefits Dental: 61%
vision benefits Vision: 44% employee benefits None: 19%