Forklift Mechanic Salary

Men make up the majority of Forklift Mechanics in the United States, bringing in about $20.78 per hour. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. While about a fifth report receiving no health benefits, a strong majority do receive medical coverage, and more than half have dental, as well. Most Forklift Mechanics like their work and job satisfaction is high. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$30,201 - $84,430
$30K
$48K
$84K
MEDIAN: $47,500
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50%
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$15.56 - $27.40
$16
$21
$27
MEDIAN: $20.78
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$30,201 - $84,430  
   
Bonus
$99.67 - $2,909  
Profit Sharing
$1,221  
Commission
$4,200  
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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$33,313 - $62,391  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 20
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$15.56 - $27.40  
   
Overtime
$23.79 - $43.10  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$99.67 - $2,909  
   
Commission
$4,200  
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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$33,313 - $62,391  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 396

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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


Survey results imply that Forklift Mechanics put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, skills in Systems Troubleshooting, Industrial Hydraulics, Electronic Troubleshooting, and Automotive Engine Repair are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Troubleshooting and Welding. For most people, competency in Electronic Troubleshooting indicates knowledge of Automotive Engine Repair.

Pay by Experience Level for Forklift Mechanic

Pay by Experience for a Forklift Mechanic has a positive trend. An entry-level Forklift Mechanic with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $41,000 based on 159 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Forklift Mechanic with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $46,000 based on 119 salaries. An experienced Forklift Mechanic which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $51,000 based on 150 salaries. A Forklift Mechanic with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $53,000 based on 87 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $46,176

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Forklift Mechanics, working in the bustling city of New York has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Forklift Mechanics can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Dallas (+13 percent), Chicago (+13 percent), Seattle (+12 percent), and Louisville (+4 percent). Forklift Mechanics' salaries are heavily influenced by location — Forklift Mechanics in Grand Rapids bring in salaries that are 31 percent lower than the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Allentown (23 percent lower) and St. Louis (11 percent lower).

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Key Stats for Forklift Mechanic

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 53 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
22%
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Experience Affects Forklift Mechanic Salaries

▲14%

▲10%

National Average
$46,000

▼1%

▼12%

Skills That Affect Forklift Mechanic Salaries

Systems Troubleshooting
▲12%




Heavy Equipment Repair
▼0%

National Average
$46,000

Welding
▼7%

Troubleshooting
▼17%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 53 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 77%
dental benefits
Dental: 64%
vision benefits
Vision: 53%
no benefits
None: 20%
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