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Forklift Operator Salary

The average rate for a Forklift Operator is $12.59 per hour. Pay for this job does not change much by experience, with the most experienced earning only a bit more than the least. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years' experience in this career.
$21,401 - $52,456
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $33,004
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$9.74 - $17.74
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MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$21,401 - $52,456  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,507  
Profit Sharing
$150.00 - $4,000  
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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$20,654 - $42,457  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 97
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.74 - $17.74  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.49 - $1.83  
Overtime
$13.29 - $26.68  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
)
$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,507  
   
Profit Sharing
$150.00 - $4,000  
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).
)
$20,654 - $42,457  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 2,337
United States (change)

Job Description for Forklift Operator

A fork lift operator is tasked with distributing, transporting, and accounting for merchandise, material, and/or equipment in industrial settings. They work in a variety of industries, such as manufacturing, construction, food services, and general storage. Using a reference to inventoried items (or as directed by a supervisor), the operator locates items to be gathered, moved, or distributed, and then does so. Although the basic purpose of the job is to move and place items from one location to another (i.e., primarily physical labor), the operator may also be required to sort or perform other processing tasks. The operator may also be required to perform general quality-assurance checks.

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Forklift Operator Tasks

  • Keep an inventory of product availability and location.
  • Operate a forklift to move and stack merchandise.

Common Career Paths for Forklift Operator


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Pay by Experience Level for Forklift Operator

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

Pay Difference by Location

Forklift Operator Reviews

What is it like working as a Forklift Operator?
Forklift Operator in Goshen:
"Stress Level. Poor Management"
Pros: Certain Co-workers that pull together to get the job done.
Cons: Management at the local level that is extremely unorganized. The fact that the dedicated employees have to fight for a pay raise.

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Experience Affects Forklift Operator Salaries




National Average
$29,000


Skills That Affect Forklift Operator Salaries

Logistics
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Safety Compliance
up arrow 4%

Inventory Control
up arrow 3%

Forklift Operator
up arrow 3%

Machine Operation
up arrow 2%

Receiving
up arrow 1%

Shipping
0%

National Average
$29,000

forklift
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 339 votes.

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 70% dental benefits Dental: 58%
vision benefits Vision: 45% employee benefits None: 28%