Forklift Mechanic Salary

Men account for the majority of Forklift Mechanics in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $19.72 per hour. Location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. For the most part, Forklift Mechanics enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. A fair number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the greater part collect dental insurance. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$30,000 - $61,445

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$14.12 - $26.71

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$30,000 - $61,445  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,216  
Total Pay (?
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$29,875 - $60,002  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 19
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$14.12 - $26.71  
   
Overtime
$21.67 - $42.41  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,216  
   
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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$29,875 - $60,002  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 357
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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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Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, facility with Systems Troubleshooting and Electronic Troubleshooting are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 23 percent and 6 percent, respectively. Automotive Engine Repair and Troubleshooting as skills, however, tend to be associated with significantly smaller paychecks. 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 Forklift Mechanics, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $37K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $42K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Forklift Mechanics claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $47K. Forklift Mechanics who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $50K on average.

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Experience Affects Forklift Mechanic Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 17%

Experienced
up arrow 10%

Mid-Career
0%

National Average
$43,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 13%

Skills That Affect Forklift Mechanic Salaries

Systems Troubleshooting
up arrow 23%


Industrial Hydraulics
up arrow 3%

National Average
$43,000

Troubleshooting
up arrow 10%

Automotive Engine Repair
up arrow 22%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 47 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
23%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 80% dental benefits Dental: 63%
vision benefits Vision: 46% employee benefits None: 18%
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