Research Summary. Using a database of 30 million profiles, Zippia estimates demographics and statistics for forklift drivers in the United States. Our estimates are verified against BLS, Census, and current job openings data for accuracy. After extensive research and analysis, Zippia's data science team found that:

  • There are over 482,296 forklift drivers currently employed in the United States.
  • 9.0% of all forklift drivers are women, while 91.0% are men.
  • The average age of an employed forklift driver is 43 years old.
  • The most common ethnicity of forklift drivers is White (56.3%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (20.2%), Black or African American (15.7%) and Unknown (4.4%).
  • Forklift drivers are most in-demand in Fort Worth, TX.
  • Shakopee, MN pays an annual average wage of $38,737, the highest in the US.
  • In 2021, women earned 99% of what men earned.
  • Wisconsin is the best state for forklift drivers to live.
  • Forklift drivers are 59% more likely to work at private companies in comparison to public companies.

Forklift Driver Statistics By Gender

9.0% of forklift drivers are women and 91.0% of forklift drivers are men.

  • Male, 91.0%
  • Female, 9.0%

Forklift Drivers By Gender

GenderPercentages
Male91.0%
Female9.0%

Gender Pay Gap For Forklift Driver

Women Earn 99¢ For Every $1 Earned By Men

male-income
Male Income
$33,682
female-income
Female Income
$33,315

Forklift Driver Gender Over Time

This data shows how men and women predominate in the forklift driver position over time.

Male
Female
100%
80%
60%
40%
20%
0%
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019
2020
2021

Forklift Driver Gender By Year

YearMaleFemale
201091.15%8.85%
201190.88%9.12%
201292.08%7.92%
201392.29%7.71%
201491.80%8.20%
201592.82%7.18%
201692.10%7.90%
201790.90%9.10%
201890.76%9.24%
201991.63%8.37%
202090.59%9.41%
202191.02%8.98%

Forklift Driver Male to Female Ratio

We compared this job title with other job titles to see how gender percentages varied. As you can see, dredge operator and tower crane operator have the biggest difference in gender.

Job TitleMaleFemale
Gift Wrapper12%88%
Gift Packer18%82%
Pill Packer19%81%
Forklift Driver91%9%
Green Chain Operator99%1%
Tower Crane Operator99%1%
Dredge Operator99%1%
Male
Female
100%
75%
50%
25%
0%
0%
25%
50%
75%
100%

Forklift Driver Statistics By Race

The most common ethnicity among forklift drivers is White, which makes up 56.3% of all forklift drivers. Comparatively, there are 20.2% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity and 15.7% of the Black or African American ethnicity.

  • White, 56.3%
  • Hispanic or Latino, 20.2%
  • Black or African American, 15.7%
  • Unknown, 4.4%
  • Asian, 2.5%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native, 0.9%

Forklift Driver Race

Forklift Driver RacePercentages
White56.3%
Hispanic or Latino20.2%
Black or African American15.7%
Unknown4.4%
Asian2.5%
American Indian and Alaska Native0.9%

Forklift Driver Race And Ethnicity Over Time

Using the Census Bureau data, we found out how the percentage of each ethnic category trended between 2010-2019 among forklift drivers.

  • White
  • Asian
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • Black or African American

Forklift Driver Race By Year

YearWhiteBlack or African AmericanAsianHispanic or Latino
201061.03%15.92%2.43%18.05%
201159.76%15.87%2.40%19.54%
201260.42%15.61%2.33%19.07%
201360.04%15.31%2.51%19.43%
201459.96%15.14%2.76%19.26%
201561.42%13.86%2.39%19.69%
201658.86%16.71%2.29%19.50%
201760.41%14.67%2.47%19.76%
201858.91%15.35%2.91%19.86%
201961.85%13.98%2.55%18.63%
202056.64%16.00%2.82%19.06%
202156.28%15.69%2.53%20.25%

Forklift Driver Wage Gap By Race

Asian forklift drivers have the highest average salary compared to other ethnicities. Black or african american forklift drivers have the lowest average salary at $32,888.
$35,000
$34,000
$33,000
$32,000
Unknown
White
Black or African American
Asian
Hispanic or Latino
EthnicitySalary
Unknown$33,733
White$33,708
Black or African American$32,888
Asian$34,521
Hispanic or Latino$33,581

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Average Age of a Forklift Driver

We determined the average age of forklift drivers based on ethnicity and gender.

Male
Female

Forklift Driver Age By Race

RaceMale AgeFemale Age
Black or African American4437
Unknown4044
Asian42.5
Hispanic or Latino4242
White4549.5
American Indian and Alaska Native34

Forklift Driver Age Breakdown

This chart breaks down the ages of forklift driver employees. Interestingly enough, the average age of forklift drivers is 40+ years old, which represents 60% of the population.

40+ years

30-40 years

20-30 years


Forklift Driver Age

Forklift Driver YearsPercentages
40+ years60%
30-40 years24%
20-30 years17%

Types of Forklift Driver Degree Levels

The most common degree for forklift drivers is high school diploma 61% of forklift drivers earn that degree. A close second is diploma with 14% and rounding it off is associate degree with 12%.

  • High School Diploma, 61%
  • Diploma, 14%
  • Associate, 12%
  • Bachelors, 7%
  • Other Degrees, 6%

Forklift Drivers By Education

Forklift Driver DegreePercentages
High School Diploma61%
Diploma14%
Associate12%
Bachelors7%
Other Degrees6%

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Forklift Driver Wage Gap By Education

Forklift drivers with a Associate degree earn more than those without, at $34,483 annually. With a High School Diploma degree, forklift drivers earn a median annual income of $33,763 compared to $33,697 for forklift drivers with an Bachelors degree.
$35,000
$34,000
$33,000
High School Diploma or Less
Bachelor's Degree
Some College/ Associate Degree
EducationSalary
High School Diploma or Less$33,763
Bachelor's Degree$33,697
Some College/ Associate Degree$34,483

Forklift Driver Employment Statistics

This section highlights information about where forklift drivers work. We found most forklift drivers work for a private company. In addition, the industry that employs the most forklift drivers is the manufacturing industry.

Company Size

We created this chart to show you the average size of companies that typically hire forklift drivers.

< 50 employees

50 - 100 employees

100 - 500 employees

500 - 1,000 employees

1,000 - 10,000 employees

> 10,000

Forklift Driver Jobs By Employer Size

Company SizePercentages
< 50 employees3%
50 - 100 employees7%
100 - 500 employees10%
500 - 1,000 employees5%
1,000 - 10,000 employees29%
> 10,000 employees45%

The Types Of Companies Forklift Driver Work In

Employees with the forklift driver job title have their preferences when it comes to working for a company. For instance, most forklift drivers prefer to work at private companies over public companies.

Education

Public

Private

Forklift Driver Jobs By Sector

Company TypePercentages
Education1%
Public40%
Private59%
Government0%

Top Industries Hiring Forklift Drivers

Just based on the number of employees within each industry, we were able to determine the most common industries that employ forklift drivers. Those industries include manufacturing, transportation and retail.

Manufacturing

Fortune 500

Transportation

Retail

Professional

Forklift Driver Turnover And Employment Statistics

Forklift Driver Unemployment Rate Over Time

The Bureau of Labor Statistics came in clutch when it came down to figuring out how the unemployment rate has changed over time. Between 2008 and 2018, this is how the number of forklift drivers changed.

  • Unemployment rate

Forklift Driver Unemployment Rate By Year

YearForklift Driver Unemployment Rate
201017.04%
201114.60%
201212.67%
201310.05%
20149.10%
20156.72%
20166.89%
20175.99%
20185.33%
20194.81%
20207.22%
20216.71%

The Average Number of Years That Forklift Driver Stay in a Job

By looking over 42,542 forklift drivers resumes, we figured out that the average forklift driver enjoys staying at their job for 1-2 years for a percentage of 33%.

Less than one year

1-2 years

3-4 years

5-7 years

8-10 years

11+ years

Forklift Driver Tenure

Number or YearsPercentages
Less than 1 year32%
1-2 years33%
3-4 years12%
5-7 years12%
8-10 years4%
11+ years6%

Comparing The LGBT Ratio of Forklift Drivers with Other Job Titles

After finding the gender ratio, we wondered if the percentages of LGBT persons were different as well. Using the data below, you can see how other job titles compare to forklift drivers.

Job TitleLGBTJob Openings
Coke Crane Operator1.94%26,203
Forklift Driver3.85%-
Solid Waste Collector4.13%4,034
Screen Cleaner4.59%36,210
Stager4.67%15,844
Box Order Person6.68%46,678
Packing Machine Can Feeder10.43%31,425

Forklift Driver LGBT Demographics

ProfessionPercentages of LGBT Job Openings
Coke Crane Operator1.94%26,203
Solid Waste Collector4.13%4,034
Screen Cleaner4.59%36,210
Stager4.67%15,844
Box Order Person6.68%46,678
Packing Machine Can Feeder10.43%31,425

Foreign Languages Spoken By Forklift Drivers

The most common foreign language among forklift drivers is Spanish at 86.2%. The second-most popular foreign language spoken is French at 3.1% and Arabic is the third-most popular at 1.4%.

  • Spanish, 86.2%
  • French, 3.1%
  • Arabic, 1.4%
  • Portuguese, 1.2%
  • Carrier, 1.2%
  • Other, 6.9%

Forklift Driver Languages Spoken

Foreign LanguagePercentages
Spanish86.2%
French3.1%
Arabic1.4%
Portuguese1.2%
Carrier1.2%
Other6.9%

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Forklift Driver Heatmaps

The amount you can make as a forklift driver can depend on where you live. For example, the highest salary of forklift drivers is $39,593. Use our chart to find out where that salary is located.

Where Do Forklift Drivers Earn The Most?

Forklift drivers earn the most in Alaska, where the average forklift driver salary is $43,069. The map here shows where forklift drivers earn the highest salaries in the U.S. The darker areas across the 50 states highlight the highest salaries.

Average Salary

Which State Has The Most Forklift Drivers?

By looking through more than 42,542 resumes, we found that the most popular places for forklift drivers are Memphis, TN and Houston, TX.

Number of Forklift Drivers

Number Of Forklift Driver Jobs By State

Where Are Forklift Drivers In High Demand?

Forklift drivers are in high demand in Fort Worth, TX. There are currently 20 job openings for forklift drivers here. We looked over job openings to determine where in the country forklift drivers are in the most demand.

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Forklift Driver Demographics FAQs

What Percentage Of Forklift Drivers Are Female?

11.3% of forklift drivers are female in the United States. This is -1.1 percentage points lower than last year. Additionally, the percentage of female forklift drivers has decreased by -0.6 percentage points since 2010. That means there are a total of 45,391 female forklift drivers in the U.S. and 356,302 male forklift drivers in the United States. Note that Zippia's estimate accounts only for the 401,693 people with the specific job title of forklift driver and doesn't include grouping similar job titles, or people with potentially similar credentialing.

How Many Forklift Driver Are There In The Us?

There are over 482,296 Forklift Drivers in the United States.

What Percentage Of Forklift Drivers Are Black?

15.7% of Forklift Drivers are Black or African American

What Race Are Most Forklift Drivers?

Most a are White, with 56.3% of Forklift Drivers belonging to this ethnicity. 20.2% of Forklift Drivers are Hispanic or Latino, 15.7% of Forklift Drivers are Black or African American, 4.4% of Forklift Drivers are Unknown, 2.5% of Forklift Drivers are Asian, and 0.9% of Forklift Drivers are American Indian and Alaska Native

Are Forklift Driver Jobs Male - Dominated?

Yes, Forklift Driver jobs are male - dominated. 91% of Forklift Drivers are male, and 9% are female, so there are more male Forklift Drivers than female Forklift Drivers in the United States.

How Old Is The Average Forklift Driver?

The average Forklift Driver is 43 years old. 60% of Forklift Drivers are 40+ years old or older, 24% are between the ages of 30-40 years, and 17% are between 20-30 years old

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