The average hourly pay for a Forklift Operator is $13.93.
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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.
Popular Employer Salaries for Forklift Operator
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 $18.92. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Americold Logistics LLC and Tyson Foods, Inc., earning around $16.45 and $13.74, respectively. Amazon.com Inc pays the lowest at around $12.32. The Home Depot Inc. and XPO Logistics also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $12.78 and $13.13, respectively.
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Popular Skills for Forklift Operator
Avg. Hourly Rate
Skills in Shipping, Machine Operation, Safety Compliance and Picking are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Inventory Control.
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 $12.55 based on 159 salaries. An early career Forklift Operator with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $13.26 based on 3,159 salaries. A mid-career Forklift Operator with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $14.06 based on 1,719 salaries. An experienced Forklift Operator with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $14.61 based on 1,923 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $15.
Pay Difference by Location
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Employees with Forklift Operator in their job title in Chicago, Illinois earn an average of 3.7% 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 Memphis, Tennessee (5.9% less), Dallas, Texas (4.2% less) and Columbus, Ohio (2.2% less).
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