$34,680
Avg. Salary
$13.72
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation:

$879

Bonus

$960

Profit Sharing

$500

Commission

What am I worth?
How should I pay?

The average pay for a Forklift Operator is $13.72 per hour.

The average pay for a Forklift Operator is $34,680 per year.

$10.59
10%
$13.72
50%
$18.29
90%
MEDIAN $13.72
$19k
10%
$35k
50%
$59k
90%
MEDIAN $34,680
$19,419 - $58,955
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$59K
MEDIAN: $34,680
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90%

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$0$58K
Salary $19,419 - $58,955
Bonus $101 - $3,598
Profit Sharing $97.16 - $3,523
Commission $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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$22,703 - $43,474
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 10 Jan 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 365
Hourly Data $0$26
Hourly Rate $10.59 - $18.29
Hourly Tips $0.00 - $2.48
Overtime $14.97 - $26.80
Annual Data $0$43K
Bonus $101 - $3,598
Commission $500
Profit Sharing $97.16 - $3,523
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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$22,703 - $43,474
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 10 Jan 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 7,734

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
  • Operate a forklift to move and stack merchandise.
  • Keep an inventory of product availability and location.

Forklift Operator Pay By Employer

$0$50K

XPO Logistics
38 profiles
$26,622

DHL
28 profiles
$28,327

$39,981

$26,842

$27,916

$34,571

$29,121

$29,191

$27,510

Amazon.com Inc
13 profiles
$25,297

Common Career Paths for Forklift Operator


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Forklift Operator Job Listings

Popular Skills for Forklift Operator

Pay by Experience Level for Forklift Operator

Pay by Experience for a Forklift Operator has a positive trend. An entry-level Forklift Operator with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $28,000 based on 2,184 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Forklift Operator with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $30,000 based on 1,368 salaries. An experienced Forklift Operator which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $32,000 based on 1,290 salaries. A Forklift Operator with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $34,000 based on 505 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $30,451

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

Forklift Operator Advice

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

Forklift Operator in Idaho Falls:
"Better pay."
Know what the benefit are before you jump on it.

Forklift Operator in King of Prussia:
"Body mechanics."
Remember to stretch and use proper body mechanics whenoperating the forklift. There are a lot of long hours and knees and lower back take a beating.

Forklift Operator in Conroe:
"It is a fairly easy job."
Pros: Having weekends off.
Cons: Very small and congested making it hard to work around stuff sometimes.

Forklift Operator in Marietta:
"Update your skiils."
Work hard care for your co workers.

Forklift Operator in Binghamton:
Move product in a timely mannor with being in a fast passed industry accurate.

Forklift Operator in Goshen:
"Stress Level. Poor Management"
Pros: Certain Co-workers that pull together to get the job done.
Cons: Management at the local level that is extremely unorganized. The fact that the dedicated employees have to fight for a pay raise.

Forklift Operator in Frederick:
Take your time, learn the job properly. Speed will come with repetition.

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Key Stats for Forklift Operator

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 1383 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
13%

Experience Affects Forklift Operator Salaries

▲13%

▲4%

▼0%

National Average
$30,000

▼7%

Skills That Affect Forklift Operator Salaries


Order Inventory
▲17%

▲7%

Picking
▲5%




▼0%


National Average
$30,000

SHIPPING AND RECEIVING
▼1%

Less than Truckload (LTL) Freight
▼4%


Inventory Management
▼7%

Logistics
▼8%

▼9%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 1383 votes.

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 71%
dental benefits
Dental: 60%
vision benefits
Vision: 51%
no benefits
None: 28%