An Entry-Level Forklift Operator earns an average wage of $12.48 per hour. The highest paying skills associated with this job are Picking and Inventory Management.

$18,869 - $41,360
(Median)
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$41K
MEDIAN: $28,923
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$9.91 - $16.43
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MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$18,869 - $41,360  
   
Bonus
$100.45 - $3,710  
Profit Sharing
$97.87 - $3,945  
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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$20,957 - $40,196  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 78
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.91 - $16.43  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.39  
Overtime
$14.18 - $24.36  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$100.45 - $3,710  
   
Profit Sharing
$97.87 - $3,945  
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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$20,957 - $40,196  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 2,064
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National Average: $28,108

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Forklift Operator Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Forklift Operator in Beaumont:
"How strenuous it would be."
Safety First watch your speed watch your surroundings observe house to adjust your forks.

Forklift Operator in Clearwater:
"Safety."
Forklifts are dangerous, and if they are not taken with extreme caution and responsibility you could seriously hurt yourself and others. Speed and rate of work is important but not the ultimate goal when first starting out. Learn the machine, how it operates and the responsibilities of how to drive it and the rest will come in time.

Forklift Operator in Lemoore:
"The fast pace environment."
Take it one day at a time speed and knowledge come with time don't get in a hurry.

Forklift Operator in Cincinnati:
"Every job is fun."
My advice is if you like using forklifts and like working with them go after a good paying forklift job with good benefits. If you are afraid of heights or pallets being above your head being a forklift operator is not the job for you.

Forklift Operator in Sanford:
"Know your worth."
Make sure you know what the agency and company is offering in terms of temp to permanent employment.

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Skills That Affect Forklift Operator Salaries

Picking
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Inventory Management
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ETL (Extract, transform, load)
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Shipping
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Inventory Control
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National Average
$28,000

Forklift Operator
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Less than Truckload (LTL) Freight
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forklift
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Receiving
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Forklift License
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 279 votes.

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 66%
dental benefits
Dental: 53%
medical benefits
Vision: 44%
dental benefits
None: 31%
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