A Forklift Mechanic earns an average wage of $19.18 per hour. A skill in Systems Troubleshooting is associated with high pay for this job.
Forklift Mechanic Total Pay (?
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$14.49 - $25.45
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MEDIAN: $19.00
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$14.49 - $25.45  
   
Overtime
$21.79 - $38.65  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,542  
   
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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$30,420 - $57,606  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 17 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 197
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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.
Pay by Experience Level for Forklift Mechanic
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
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Experience Affects Forklift Mechanic Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 17%
Experienced
up arrow 4%
National Average
$41,000
Mid-Career
up arrow 4%
Entry-Level
up arrow 6%

Skills That Affect Forklift Mechanic Salaries

Systems Troubleshooting
up arrow 40%
Industrial Hydraulics
up arrow 1%
National Average
$41,000
Troubleshooting
up arrow 6%
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Gender
Female
1%
female alumni
 
Male
99%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
22%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
29%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 79% dental benefits Dental: 63%
vision benefits Vision: 43% employee benefits None: 20%
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