Forklift Operator Salary By State: Highest-Paid Forklift Operators by State [2022]

By Chris Kolmar
Aug. 2, 2022

Research Summary. After extensive research by the Zippia data science team, we identified these details of forklift operator salary by state for the United States:

You can read more on the specific methodology.

Background

Without fail, in surveys across basically every demographic, the number one most important aspect of a job for most people is the salary — how much do forklift operators get paid where I live?

And while there are many things to go into how much you, specifically, can expect to make, there’s really good data for average salaries for forklift operator by state across America broken down by seniority level. So while your city may be slightly different than the state average, these averages give you a rough sense of what to expect for your salary.

The state with the best salary for forklift operators after this adjustment? That would be North Dakota.

Here’s a quick snapshot of the top ten states for forklift operator salaries:

  1. North Dakota (Jobs)

  2. Wyoming (Jobs)

  3. Alaska (Jobs)

  4. Minnesota (Jobs)

  5. Nevada (Jobs)

  6. Washington (Jobs)

  7. Hawaii (Jobs)

  8. Vermont (Jobs)

  9. Massachusetts (Jobs)

  10. Wisconsin (Jobs)

Let’s take a look at how we got here and a full ranking of all the states.

Highest-Paid Forklift Operators By State

Rank State Average Forklift Operator Salary 10th Percentile 90th Percentile
1 North Dakota $40,448 $32,000 $49,000
2 Wyoming $40,308 $32,000 $49,000
3 Alaska $39,182 $32,000 $47,000
4 Minnesota $39,060 $31,000 $48,000
5 Nevada $37,779 $30,000 $46,000
6 Washington $37,453 $30,000 $46,000
7 Hawaii $37,302 $31,000 $44,000
8 Vermont $37,267 $30,000 $45,000
9 Massachusetts $36,914 $29,000 $45,000
10 Wisconsin $36,762 $29,000 $45,000
11 Oregon $36,761 $29,000 $45,000
12 Montana $36,581 $29,000 $45,000
13 Utah $36,481 $29,000 $45,000
14 Rhode Island $36,323 $29,000 $44,000
15 Colorado $36,065 $29,000 $44,000
16 New Hampshire $35,760 $29,000 $44,000
17 New York $35,754 $28,000 $44,000
18 Maryland $35,633 $28,000 $43,000
19 Maine $35,576 $28,000 $43,000
20 California $35,201 $28,000 $43,000
21 Iowa $35,176 $28,000 $43,000
22 Illinois $35,037 $28,000 $43,000
23 Pennsylvania $34,916 $28,000 $42,000
24 South Dakota $34,916 $28,000 $42,000
25 New Jersey $34,896 $28,000 $43,000
26 Ohio $34,609 $28,000 $42,000
27 Indiana $34,476 $28,000 $42,000
28 Michigan $34,354 $27,000 $42,000
29 Idaho $34,351 $27,000 $42,000
30 Louisiana $34,212 $27,000 $42,000
31 Kansas $33,945 $27,000 $41,000
32 Missouri $33,900 $27,000 $41,000
33 Connecticut $33,502 $27,000 $41,000
34 Nebraska $33,456 $27,000 $40,000
35 West Virginia $33,169 $27,000 $40,000
36 Arizona $33,050 $26,000 $41,000
37 Virginia $32,975 $26,000 $40,000
38 Delaware $32,840 $26,000 $40,000
39 Kentucky $32,830 $26,000 $40,000
40 Florida $31,848 $25,000 $39,000
41 Oklahoma $31,776 $26,000 $38,000
42 New Mexico $31,746 $25,000 $39,000
43 Georgia $31,480 $25,000 $38,000
44 Tennessee $31,375 $25,000 $38,000
45 Texas $31,373 $25,000 $38,000
46 North Carolina $31,240 $25,000 $38,000
47 South Carolina $31,022 $25,000 $37,000
48 Alabama $30,522 $24,000 $37,000
49 Arkansas $30,506 $25,000 $37,000
50 Mississippi $30,478 $24,000 $37,000

Methodology: Forklift Operator Salary By State

To better understand forklift operator pay by state, Zippia has aggregated data across a multitude of channels including the BLS, FLC, and OPM. We then supplement that data with actual listed salaries from job posts. Finally, the data science team calculates a weighted average of these inputs to create an average pay for forklift operators by state.

We took the average annual salary data for forklift operators from these estimates and ranked every state on this criteria with the state with the highest salary ranking as highest average salary for forklift operators.

Forklift Operator Salary By State FAQs

  1. What is the highest-paid state for forklift operators?

    The highest-paid state for forklift operators is North Dakota with an average salary of $40,448 per year.

  2. What city pays forklift operators the most?

    Minneapolis, MN pays forklift operators the most with an average salary of $39,103 per year.

  3. What is the worst state for forklift operators?

    The worst state for forklift operators is Mississippi with an average salary of $30,478 per year.

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Author

Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar is a co-founder of Zippia and the editor-in-chief of the Zippia career advice blog. He has hired over 50 people in his career, been hired five times, and wants to help you land your next job. His research has been featured on the New York Times, Thrillist, VOX, The Atlantic, and a host of local news. More recently, he's been quoted on USA Today, BusinessInsider, and CNBC.

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