Forklift Operator Salary

A Forklift Operator earns an average wage of $12.89 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 Production Support, Receiving, Quality Assurance / Quality Control, and Team Leadership. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this field.

$20,431 - $49,261
(Median)
$20K
$31K
$49K
MEDIAN: $31,155
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$9.90 - $17.80
(Median)
$9
$13
$18
MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$20,431 - $49,261  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,959  
Profit Sharing
$99.67 - $4,013  
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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$20,966 - $42,617  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 144
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.90 - $17.80  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.69  
Overtime
$13.77 - $26.29  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,959  
   
Profit Sharing
$99.67 - $4,013  
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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$20,966 - $42,617  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 3,765
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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

National Average: $29,126

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Forklift Operator Reviews

What is it like working as a Forklift Operator?

Forklift Operator in Bellingham:
"Rewarding."
Pros: Sense of accomplishment, enjoy operating forklift loading unloading trucks, talking to customers.
Cons: Cold environment, high stress, heavy workload, unappreciated.

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.

What is it like working as a Forklift Operator at Exel Logistics?

Forklift Operator in Murfreesboro:
"Time for evolution."
Pros: This company needs to evolve with the times. The people put into place in order to efficiently and effectively run the business are lacking in common sense and knowledge.
Cons: It's all bad.

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Experience Affects Forklift Operator Salaries




National Average
$29,000


Skills That Affect Forklift Operator Salaries

Production Support
up arrow 33%

Receiving
up arrow 19%

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 14%

Team Leadership
up arrow 13%

Customer Service
up arrow 10%

Safety Compliance
up arrow 3%

Shipping
up arrow 2%

Inventory Control
up arrow 2%

Machine Operation
up arrow 1%

National Average
$29,000

Forklift Operator
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ETL (Extract, transform, load)
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Logistics
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Data Entry
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Picking
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 469 votes.

Gender

Female
5 %
Male
95 %

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: 71%
dental benefits
Dental: 58%
medical benefits
Vision: 47%
dental benefits
None: 27%
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