Forklift Operator Salary

A Forklift Operator earns an average wage of $13.32 per hour. Pay for this job does not change much by experience, with the most experienced earning only a bit more than the least. The skills that increase pay for this job the most are Team Leadership and Order Inventory. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this field.

$19,961 - $56,382
$20K
$35K
$56K
MEDIAN: $34,538
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50%
90%

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$10.36 - $18.27
$10
$14
$18
MEDIAN: $13.53
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$0$56K
Salary $19,961 - $56,382
Bonus $102.34 - $3,539
Profit Sharing $98.14 - $3,033
Commission $250.00
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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$22,444 - $44,284
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 198
Hourly Data $0$27
Hourly Rate $10.36 - $18.27
Hourly Tips $0.00 - $2.58
Overtime $15.00 - $27.26
Annual Data $0$44K
Bonus $102.34 - $3,539
Commission $250.00
Profit Sharing $98.14 - $3,033
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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$22,444 - $44,284
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 4,343

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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

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

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Pay by Experience Level for Forklift Operator

Pay by Experience for a Forklift Operator has a positive trend. An entry-level Forklift Operator with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $28,000 based on 2,184 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Forklift Operator with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $30,000 based on 1,368 salaries. An experienced Forklift Operator which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $32,000 based on 1,290 salaries. A Forklift Operator with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $34,000 based on 505 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $30,537

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Forklift Operator Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Forklift Operator?

Forklift Operator in Dudley:
Pros: No supervision.
Cons: People. Long hours.

Forklift Operator in Visalia:
Pros: Sending customers quality products.
Cons: The amount of pay I get for the work I do.

Forklift Operator in Dallas:
Pros: Everybody is nice and we all get along.
Cons: The long hours and short brakes.

Forklift Operator in Costa Mesa:
"Love the Job."
Pros: I like working on my own. Doing what has to get done! Doing it now! Loading truck by hand or with the Forklift or Scoop Lift.
Cons: The Heat! Working outdoors on hot days!

Forklift Operator in Los Angeles:
"Overworked and underpaid."
Pros: My work schedule is good.
Cons: Overwhelming at times and stressful.

Forklift Operator in Findlay:
Pros: Down time, good co-worker relationships.
Cons: Amount of work compared to pay and benefits, still a temp after 2 years.

Forklift Operator in Santa Rosa:
"Office conditions."
Pros: Good pay and benefits. Interesting work. Interesting co-workers.
Cons: Poor career growth opportunities; repetitive work.

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Key Stats for Forklift Operator

Gender

Female
5 %
Male
95 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 682 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
13%
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Experience Affects Forklift Operator Salaries

▲12%

▲4%

▼0%

National Average
$31,000

▼7%

Skills That Affect Forklift Operator Salaries


Order Inventory
▲16%

▲7%

Picking
▲5%




▼0%

National Average
$31,000


SHIPPING AND RECEIVING
▼1%

Less than Truckload (LTL) Freight
▼4%


Inventory Management
▼7%

Logistics
▼8%

▼10%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 682 votes.

Gender

Female
5 %
Male
95 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 72%
dental benefits
Dental: 59%
vision benefits
Vision: 50%
no benefits
None: 27%
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