A Forklift Operator earns an average wage of $13.23 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, Order Inventory, and Picking. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this field.

$19,983 - $53,722
(Median)
$20K
$33K
$54K
MEDIAN: $32,568
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$10.14 - $18.10
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$10
$13
$18
MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$19,983 - $53,722  
   
Bonus
$100.90 - $4,106  
Profit Sharing
$53.00 - $3,500  
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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$21,757 - $43,778  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 166
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$10.14 - $18.10  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $3.91  
Overtime
$14.71 - $26.85  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$100.90 - $4,106  
   
Profit Sharing
$53.00 - $3,500  
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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$21,757 - $43,778  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 4,062
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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

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Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $29,944

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Forklift Operator Reviews

What is it like working as a Forklift Operator?

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 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
$30,000


Skills That Affect Forklift Operator Salaries

Team Leadership
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Order Inventory
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Picking
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Safety Compliance
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Machine Operation
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ETL (Extract, transform, load)
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Less than Truckload (LTL) Freight
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Shipping
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Inventory Control
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SHIPPING AND RECEIVING
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National Average
$30,000

Forklift Operator
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Inventory Management
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Logistics
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 543 votes.

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 71%
dental benefits
Dental: 57%
medical benefits
Vision: 48%
dental benefits
None: 28%
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