$34,144
Avg. Salary
$13.84
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation:

$988

Bonus

$900

Profit Sharing

What am I worth?
How should I pay?

The average pay for a Forklift Driver is $13.84 per hour.

The average pay for a Forklift Driver is $34,144 per year.

10%
$10.38
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$13.84
50%
$18.65
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90%
MEDIAN $13.84
10%
$21k
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$34k
50%
$82k
90%
90%
MEDIAN $34,144
$21,335 - $82,266
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$82K
MEDIAN: $34,144
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$0$82K
Salary $21,335 - $82,266
Bonus $99.33 - $3,589
Profit Sharing $5.00 - $3,000
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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$22,340 - $44,104
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 18 Mar 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 169
Hourly Data $0$27
Hourly Rate $10.38 - $18.65
Hourly Tips $0.55
Overtime $14.80 - $27.87
Annual Data $0$44K
Bonus $99.33 - $3,589
Profit Sharing $5.00 - $3,000
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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$22,340 - $44,104
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 18 Mar 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 3,028

Job Description for Forklift Driver

A forklift driver often works in a warehouse, at a construction site, or in a retail environment. The forklift driver may place items onto the forklift, so this job sometimes requires the ability to lift heavy items. The forklift driver may also have to climb under and on top of railcars, so it is important to be able to perform this physical duty.

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Forklift Driver Tasks
  • Operate forklift.
  • Assist stockers as needed.
  • Assist the receiving staff by placing the merchandise in the proper location throughout the warehouse using a scanner.
  • Return the merchandise to the proper location.

Popular Employer Salaries for Forklift Driver


Well-known firms with a reputation for hiring numerous Forklift Drivers include Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, The Home Depot Inc., CEVA Logistics Ltd., Costco Wholesale Company, and Ryder Integrated Logistics Inc. Costco Wholesale Company offers the largest salaries in town — $50K on average. Other employers shelling out big bucks include Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, FedEx Freight, and XPO Logistics, where Forklift Drivers typically earn around $40K, $38K, or $28K, respectively.

Employees at Ryder Integrated Logistics Inc, Genco, and Tyson Foods, Inc. can also expect below-average earnings of $26K.

Common Career Paths for Forklift Driver


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Forklift Drivers' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Warehouse Manager. The average Warehouse Manager brings home $43K per year. Warehouse Supervisors or Tractor-Trailer Drivers are common next-step roles for Forklift Drivers moving up in their careers; annual pay for Warehouse Supervisors is $11K higher on average, and it's $12K higher for Tractor-Trailer Drivers.

Forklift Driver Job Listings

Popular Skills for Forklift Driver


Forklift Drivers report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with SHIPPING AND RECEIVING, Safety Compliance, and Machine Operation are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 57 percent, 9 percent, and 5 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like forklift driver, Picking, and Forklift Operator. It is not unusual for someone who knows Receiving to be familiar with Shipping as well.

Pay by Experience Level for Forklift Driver

Pay by Experience for a Forklift Driver has a positive trend. An entry-level Forklift Driver with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $28,000 based on 959 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Forklift Driver with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $31,000 based on 571 salaries. An experienced Forklift Driver which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $33,000 based on 489 salaries. A Forklift Driver with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $35,000 based on 199 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

3%

-2%

-8%

-11%

National Average: $30,511

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

Grand Rapids is home to an above-average pay rate for Forklift Drivers, 9 percent higher than the national average. Forklift Drivers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+9 percent), Houston (+8 percent), Detroit (+2 percent), and St. Louis (+2 percent). Cincinnati is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 13 percent. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Chicago (11 percent less) and Toledo (10 percent less).

Forklift Driver Advice

Q: What is it like working as a Forklift Driver?

Forklift Driver in Monett:
"I wish I knew the pay scale."
Know what your getting into before accepting job.

Forklift Driver in Wilkes-Barre:
"Make sure outgoing orders are correct."
Keep things in the right places, keep your dept. Clean ,make sure you use safty,[buckel up]

Forklift Driver in New Brunswick:
"Well I would wish to khow that they dont take people tru th."
Go to school and get a certification or be specialized in a trade to earn more money for wt u are specialized..

Forklift Driver in Roanoke:
"Better than laborer."
Pros: Not sorting through garbage and trash.
Cons: Can be hectic and fast paced on heavy equipment, chance for damage or injury.

Forklift Driver in Indianapolis:
"How it would change."
Be safe and listen to the veteran operators for knowledge.

Forklift Driver in Paragould:
"Job u can retire from."
Pros: It is not physically challenging and I can do this job into my retirement years.
Cons: The pay.

Forklift Driver in La Crosse:
"Work can be fun."

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Key Stats for Forklift Driver

Gender

Female
9 %
Male
91 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 470 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
11%

Experience Affects Forklift Driver Salaries

▲14%

▲9%

▲1%

National Average
$31,000

▼8%

Skills That Affect Forklift Driver Salaries

SHIPPING AND RECEIVING
▲58%





National Average
$31,000

▼1%

▼4%

Production Support
▼6%

forklift
▼7%

Order Inventory
▼8%

Driver
▼10%

Loading
▼14%

Picking
▼16%

Forklift Operator
▼16%


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 470 votes.

Gender

Female
9 %
Male
91 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 70%
dental benefits
Dental: 57%
vision benefits
Vision: 48%
no benefits
None: 29%