Entry-Level Forklift Operator Salary

An Entry-Level Forklift Operator earns an average wage of $12.62 per hour. The highest paying skills associated with this job are Team Leadership, Inventory Management, and Picking.

$18,705 - $42,773
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$29K
$43K
MEDIAN: $29,218
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$9.98 - $16.53
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MEDIAN: $12.62
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$18,705 - $42,773  
   
Bonus
$100.00 - $3,300  
Profit Sharing
$97.44 - $3,077  
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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$21,156 - $40,518  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 81
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.98 - $16.53  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.38  
Overtime
$14.50 - $24.77  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$100.00 - $3,300  
   
Profit Sharing
$97.44 - $3,077  
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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$21,156 - $40,518  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 2,103

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National Average: $28,420

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Forklift Operator Advice

Q: 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.

Forklift Operator in Vance:
"Watch out."
Takes forever to advance. Bonus system is arbitrary. Pay whatever they feel like so no planning ahead. All you can count on is working all day everyday. Soaks up about 12 hours to work 10. Work is easy, the drama is frustrating. Minority owned and typically only advance minority's.

Forklift Operator in New Orleans:
"Safety, a level head, and the ability to work efficiently."
Understand that customer service and safety are top priority. Learning the product and where it is located is essential for job success. Learn the computer and go out of your way to watch a veteran in action. Effective communication with receiving is especially important to make sure you have the space for the freight coming in daily. Taking initiative on inquiring about freight is also a plus because it insures your success as an employee.

Key Stats for Forklift Operator

Gender

Female
5 %
Male
95 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 296 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
77%
5-9 years
19%
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Skills That Affect Forklift Operator Salaries

Team Leadership
▲30%

Picking
▲17%

Inventory Management
▲17%



ETL (Extract, transform, load)
▲5%

▲3%


National Average
$28,000

Forklift Operator
▼1%

Receiving
▼6%

Less than Truckload (LTL) Freight
▼7%

forklift
▼9%

Forklift License
▼13%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 296 votes.

Gender

Female
5 %
Male
95 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 67%
dental benefits
Dental: 54%
vision benefits
Vision: 44%
dental benefits
None: 31%
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