Average Forklift Operator Hourly Pay

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The average hourly pay for a Forklift Operator is $13.93.
MEDIAN $13.93
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Hourly Rate
$11 - $18
$100 - $3,180
Profit Sharing
$70 - $3,026
$0 - $900
Total Pay
$23,116 - $43,368

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Job Description for Forklift Operator

Forklift Operator Tasks
  • Operate a forklift to move and stack merchandise.
  • Keep an inventory of product availability and location.
The top respondents for the job title Forklift Operator are from the companies XPO Logistics, DHL and The Home Depot Inc.. Reported salaries are highest at Wal-Mart Stores, Inc where the average pay is $19.22. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Americold Logistics LLC and Lowe's Companies, Inc, earning around $16.45 and $14.00, respectively. The Home Depot Inc. pays the lowest at around $12.78. XPO Logistics and DHL also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $13.06 and $13.63, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Forklift Operator

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

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 $12.51 based on 1,199 salaries. An early career Forklift Operator with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $13.18 based on 3,734 salaries. A mid-career Forklift Operator with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $13.98 based on 2,337 salaries. An experienced Forklift Operator with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $14.58 based on 2,268 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $15.
Employees with Forklift Operator in their job title in Chicago, Illinois earn an average of 3.0% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Houston, Texas (1.7% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Charlotte, North Carolina (6.5% less), Memphis, Tennessee (5.9% less) and Dallas, Texas (4.2% less).

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