Forklift Operator Salary (United States)

The average rate for a Forklift Operator is $12.43 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.
Forklift Operator Salary (?
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$21,621 - $53,070
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MEDIAN: $31,987
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Forklift Operator Salary (?
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$9.66 - $17.64
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National Salary Data

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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$21,621 - $53,070  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,482  
Profit Sharing
$146.81 - $3,575  
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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$20,511 - $41,931  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 93
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.66 - $17.64  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.51 - $1.97  
Overtime
$13.20 - $26.55  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,482  
   
Profit Sharing
$146.81 - $3,575  
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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$20,511 - $41,931  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 2,217
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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
  • Keep an inventory of product availability and location.
  • Operate a forklift to move and stack merchandise.

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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

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National Average
$28,000
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Experience Affects Forklift Operator Salaries

National Average
$28,000

Skills That Affect Forklift Operator Salaries

Logistics
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Machine Operation
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Safety Compliance
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Inventory Control
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Forklift Operator
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Shipping
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National Average
$28,000

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Gender

Female
7%
female alumni
 
Male
93%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 69% dental benefits Dental: 57%
vision benefits Vision: 44% employee benefits None: 29%
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