The average hourly pay for a Forklift Operator in Canada is C$17.17.
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C$14 - C$24
C$103 - C$3,973
C$100 - C$4,450
C$29,187 - C$52,297
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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…Read more
Forklift Operator Tasks
- Operate a forklift to move and stack merchandise.
- Keep an inventory of product availability and location.
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Popular Skills for Forklift Operator
Avg. Hourly Rate
Skills in Shipping, Inventory Control, Machine Operation, Picking and Safety Compliance are correlated to pay that is above average.
Pay by Experience Level for Forklift Operator
An entry-level Forklift Operator with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of C$15.53 based on 24 salaries. An early career Forklift Operator with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of C$16.14 based on 379 salaries. A mid-career Forklift Operator with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of C$17.78 based on 219 salaries. An experienced Forklift Operator with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of C$18.81 based on 204 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of C$18.
Pay Difference by Location
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Employees with Forklift Operator in their job title in Edmonton, Alberta earn an average of 14.2% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Calgary, Alberta (6.4% more) and Toronto, Ontario (1.0% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Montréal, Québec (10.6% less), Brampton, Ontario (2.7% less) and Vancouver, British Columbia (0.4% less).
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