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.

$18,096 - $57,812
$18K
$30K
$58K
MEDIAN: $30,364
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90%

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$10.12 - $16.73
$10
$13
$17
MEDIAN: $12.91
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$0$57K
Salary $18,096 - $57,812
Bonus $98.14 - $2,598
Profit Sharing $100.67 - $3,091
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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$21,556 - $41,004
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 14 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 103
Hourly Data $0$25
Hourly Rate $10.12 - $16.73
Hourly Tips $0.44
Overtime $14.77 - $25.31
Annual Data $0$41K
Bonus $98.14 - $2,598
Profit Sharing $100.67 - $3,091
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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$21,556 - $41,004
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 14 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 2,257

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Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $29,100

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Forklift Operator Advice

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

Forklift Operator in Hopkinsville:
"Pay was good."
If your not getting paid good quit.

Forklift Operator in Sulphur:
"Be safe watch and listen pay attention number one safely."
Always check your equipment watch out for others and always practice safety.

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.

Key Stats for Forklift Operator

Gender

Female
5 %
Male
95 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 388 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
78%
5-9 years
19%
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Skills That Affect Forklift Operator Salaries

Team Leadership
▲27%

Picking
▲14%

Inventory Management
▲14%


ETL (Extract, transform, load)
▲3%


▲1%


National Average
$29,000

Forklift Operator
▼3%

Receiving
▼8%

Less than Truckload (LTL) Freight
▼9%

forklift
▼11%

Forklift License
▼16%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 388 votes.

Gender

Female
5 %
Male
95 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 68%
dental benefits
Dental: 56%
vision benefits
Vision: 46%
no benefits
None: 31%
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