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Forklift Mechanic Salary

Men represent the vast majority of Forklift Mechanics in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $19.56 per hour nationwide. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Most Forklift Mechanics report high levels of job satisfaction. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$30,201 - $68,510
(Median)
$30K
$47K
$69K
MEDIAN: $47,310
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$14.12 - $26.49
(Median)
$14
$20
$26
MEDIAN: $19.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$30,201 - $68,510  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,500  
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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$29,885 - $59,407  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 20
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$14.12 - $26.49  
   
Overtime
$21.65 - $41.32  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,500  
   
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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$29,885 - $59,407  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 337

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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 report a focused set of job skills. Most notably, facility with Systems Troubleshooting and Electronic Troubleshooting are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 29 percent and 5 percent, respectively. Automotive Engine Repair and Troubleshooting, on the other hand, are typically associated with much lower pay. Electronic Troubleshooting and Industrial Hydraulics are correlating skills — those who know the former usually know the latter.

Pay by Experience Level for Forklift Mechanic

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. The average inexperienced worker earns $37K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $41K. Forklift Mechanics see a median salary of $47K after reaching one to two decades on the job. 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 $49K.

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Experience Affects Forklift Mechanic Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 17%

Experienced
up arrow 11%

National Average
$42,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

Entry-Level
up arrow 11%

Skills That Affect Forklift Mechanic Salaries

Systems Troubleshooting
up arrow 29%


Industrial Hydraulics
0%

National Average
$42,000

Troubleshooting
up arrow 9%

Automotive Engine Repair
up arrow 21%

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
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: 61%
vision benefits Vision: 45% employee benefits None: 18%
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