Average Forklift Driver Hourly Pay

$14.44
Avg. Hourly RateShow Salary
$964
Bonus
$976
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The average hourly pay for a Forklift Driver is $14.44.
10%
$11.01
MEDIAN
$14.44
90%
$19.27
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$11 - $19
Bonus
$101 - $3,637
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$50 - $3,000
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$23,454 - $44,065
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What Do Forklift Drivers Do?

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.

Job Satisfaction for Forklift Driver

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The top respondents for the job title Forklift Driver are from the companies Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, The Home Depot Inc. and DHL. Reported salaries are highest at Wal-Mart Stores, Inc where the average pay is $18.46. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Costco Wholesale Company and The Home Depot Inc., earning around $17.56 and $14.21, respectively. Sam's Club pays the lowest at around $11.17. DHL and Tyson Foods, Inc. also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $12.51 and $12.96, respectively.

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What Are Popular Skills for Forklift Drivers?

Skills in Machine Operation, Picking and Safety Compliance are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Inventory Control and Shipping.

What is the Pay by Experience Level for Forklift Drivers?

An entry-level Forklift Driver with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $13.03 based on 56 salaries. An early career Forklift Driver with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $13.66 based on 1,203 salaries. A mid-career Forklift Driver with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $14.61 based on 607 salaries. An experienced Forklift Driver with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $15.27 based on 598 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $16.
Employees with Forklift Driver in their job title in Chicago, Illinois earn an average of 7.0% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Memphis, Tennessee (2.2% more) and Detroit, Michigan (0.7% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Dallas, Texas (5.5% less), Los Angeles, California (4.5% less) and Atlanta, Georgia (0.9% less).

Years of Experience

This data is based on 2,809 survey responses.
Entry Level
2.0%
Early Career
42.8%
Mid Career
21.6%
Experienced
21.3%
Late Career
12.3%