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Forklift Mechanic Salary (United States)

Men represent the vast majority of Forklift Mechanics in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $19.22 per hour nationwide. A fair number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the larger part collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Forklift Mechanic Salary (?
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$32,500 - $70,000
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MEDIAN: $45,000
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Forklift Mechanic Salary (?
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$13.82 - $25.79
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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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Forklift Mechanics who responded to the survey indicated only a few skills that they use on the job. Most notably, facility with Systems Troubleshooting and Electronic Troubleshooting are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 26 percent and 5 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Automotive Engine Repair and Troubleshooting. Aptitude in Electronic Troubleshooting tends to also indicate an understanding of Industrial Hydraulics.

Pay by Experience Level for Forklift Mechanic

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For many Forklift Mechanics, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $37K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $41K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $44K in this role. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $48K.

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Experience Affects Forklift Mechanic Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 16%
Experienced
up arrow 8%
National Average
$41,000
Mid-Career
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Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Forklift Mechanic Salaries

Systems Troubleshooting
up arrow 26%
National Average
$41,000
Industrial Hydraulics
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Troubleshooting
up arrow 7%
Automotive Engine Repair
up arrow 19%

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 41 votes.

Gender

Female
1%
female alumni
 
Male
99%
male alumni

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%