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Forklift operator salary in United States

How much does a Forklift Operator make in the United States?

Average base salary

Average $17.65
Low $13.50
High $23.07
$5,437per year
Non-cash benefit
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The average salary for a forklift operator is $17.65 per hour in the United States and $5,437 overtime per year.118k salaries reported, updated at June 8, 2023

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Top companies for Forklift Operators in United States

  1. Saia LTL Freight
    1,101 reviews33 salaries reported
    $29.02per hour
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Highest paying cities for Forklift Operators near United States

  1. Indianapolis, IN
    $18.47 per hour
    737 salaries reported
  2. Phoenix, AZ
    $18.36 per hour
    1k salaries reported
  3. Kansas City, MO
    $17.98 per hour
    391 salaries reported
  1. Memphis, TN
    $17.80 per hour
    547 salaries reported
  2. Fort Worth, TX
    $17.62 per hour
    1k salaries reported
  3. Louisville, KY
    $17.56 per hour
    534 salaries reported
  1. Jacksonville, FL
    $16.89 per hour
    358 salaries reported
  2. San Antonio, TX
    $16.27 per hour
    589 salaries reported
  3. Houston, TX
    $16.26 per hour
    1.1k salaries reported
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Where can a Forklift Operator earn more?

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Most common benefits for Forklift Operators

  • 401(k)
  • 401(k) matching
  • AD&D insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • Disability insurance
  • Employee assistance program
  • Employee discount
  • Employee stock purchase plan
  • Flexible schedule
  • Flexible spending account
  • Gym membership
  • Health insurance
  • Health savings account
  • Life insurance
  • Opportunities for advancement
  • Paid sick time
  • Paid time off
  • Paid training
  • Parental leave
  • Professional development assistance
  • Profit sharing
  • Referral program
  • Relocation assistance
  • Retirement plan
  • Safety equipment provided
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Vision insurance
  • Wellness program
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Salary satisfaction

Based on 43,378 ratings

44% of Forklift Operators in the United States think their salaries are enough for the cost of living in their area.

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How much do similar professions get paid in United States?

Warehouse Worker

111,115 job openings

Average $16.29 per hour

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Common questions about salaries for a Forklift Operator

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