A Forklift Operator earns an average wage of $12.45 per hour. Pay for this job does not change much by experience, with the most experienced earning only a bit more than the least. A skill in Order Inventory is associated with high pay for this job. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this field.
Forklift Operator Total Pay (?
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$22,537 - $58,181
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MEDIAN: $34,754
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Forklift Operator Total Pay (?
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$9.60 - $17.90
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MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$22,537 - $58,181  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,550  
Profit Sharing
$196.53 - $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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$20,494 - $43,129  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 2,355
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.60 - $17.90  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $1.64  
Overtime
$13.25 - $26.39  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,550  
   
Profit Sharing
$196.53 - $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).
)
$20,494 - $43,129  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 2,355
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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
Tacoma
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Baltimore
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Columbus
up arrow 9%
Atlanta
up arrow 5%
Charlotte
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Allentown
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Chicago
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Cincinnati
0%
National Average
$29,000
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Fort Worth
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Jacksonville
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Cleveland
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Dallas
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Memphis
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Experience Affects Forklift Operator Salaries

National Average
$29,000

Skills That Affect Forklift Operator Salaries

Order Inventory
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Safety Compliance
up arrow 3%
Inventory Control
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Machine Operation
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Logistics
0%
National Average
$29,000
Shipping
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Job Satisfaction
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Gender
Female
8%
female alumni
 
Male
92%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
11%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 70% dental benefits Dental: 58%
vision benefits Vision: 44% employee benefits None: 28%
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