Forklift Mechanic Salary

Men account for the majority of Forklift Mechanics in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $19.84 per hour. Location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Forklift Mechanics like their work and job satisfaction is high. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and the larger part earn dental coverage. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$30,201 - $69,531
(Median)
$30K
$50K
$70K
MEDIAN: $50,439
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$14.53 - $27.02
(Median)
$15
$20
$27
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$30,201 - $69,531  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,935  
Profit Sharing
$1,965  
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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$30,644 - $60,758  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 20
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$14.53 - $27.02  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$21.72 - $41.33  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,935  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,965  
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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$30,644 - $60,758  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 451
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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

  • 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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Popular Skills for Forklift Mechanic


Survey results show that Forklift Mechanics use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in Systems Troubleshooting, Heavy Equipment Repair, Electronic Troubleshooting, and Industrial Hydraulics are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 19 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Troubleshooting, Welding, and Automotive Engine Repair. For most people, competency in Electronic Troubleshooting indicates knowledge of Automotive Engine Repair.

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. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $38K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $43K on average — a distinctly larger sum. For Forklift Mechanics, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $48K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $49K.

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Experience Affects Forklift Mechanic Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 14%


National Average
$43,000



Skills That Affect Forklift Mechanic Salaries

Systems Troubleshooting
up arrow 19%

Heavy Equipment Repair
up arrow 11%

Electronic Troubleshooting
up arrow 4%

Industrial Hydraulics
up arrow 3%

National Average
$43,000


Welding
up arrow 9%

Troubleshooting
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 54 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
24%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 80%
dental benefits
Dental: 64%
medical benefits
Vision: 48%
dental benefits
None: 17%
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