Research Summary. Using a database of 30 million profiles, Zippia estimates demographics and statistics for forklift operators 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 1,595,758 forklift operators currently employed in the United States.
  • 8.0% of all forklift operators are women, while 92.0% are men.
  • The average age of an employed forklift operator is 43 years old.
  • The most common ethnicity of forklift operators is White (55.9%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (19.9%), Black or African American (16.5%) and Unknown (4.4%).
  • In 2021, women earned 99% of what men earned.
  • 4% of all forklift operators are LGBT.
  • Forklift operators are 58% more likely to work at private companies in comparison to public companies.

Forklift Operator Statistics By Gender

8.0% of forklift operators are women and 92.0% of forklift operators are men.

  • Male, 92.0%
  • Female, 8.0%

Forklift Operators By Gender

GenderPercentages
Male92.0%
Female8.0%

Gender Pay Gap For Forklift Operator

Women Earn 99¢ For Every $1 Earned By Men

male-income
Male Income
$34,413
female-income
Female Income
$34,056

Forklift Operator Gender Over Time

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

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

Forklift Operator Gender By Year

YearMaleFemale
201092.16%7.84%
201191.92%8.08%
201293.00%7.00%
201393.18%6.82%
201492.74%7.26%
201593.65%6.35%
201693.01%6.99%
201791.94%8.06%
201891.81%8.19%
201992.59%7.41%
202091.66%8.34%
202192.04%7.96%

Forklift Operator 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 Operator92%8%
Green Chain Operator99%1%
Tower Crane Operator99%1%
Dredge Operator99%1%
Male
Female
100%
75%
50%
25%
0%
0%
25%
50%
75%
100%

Forklift Operator Statistics By Race

The most common ethnicity among forklift operators is White, which makes up 55.9% of all forklift operators. Comparatively, there are 19.9% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity and 16.5% of the Black or African American ethnicity.

  • White, 55.9%
  • Hispanic or Latino, 19.9%
  • Black or African American, 16.5%
  • Unknown, 4.4%
  • Asian, 2.5%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native, 0.8%

Forklift Operator Race

Forklift Operator RacePercentages
White55.9%
Hispanic or Latino19.9%
Black or African American16.5%
Unknown4.4%
Asian2.5%
American Indian and Alaska Native0.8%

Forklift Operator 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 operators.

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

Forklift Operator Race By Year

YearWhiteBlack or African AmericanAsianHispanic or Latino
201060.65%16.77%2.36%17.70%
201159.38%16.73%2.32%19.19%
201260.04%16.47%2.25%18.72%
201359.65%16.17%2.43%19.08%
201459.58%16.00%2.69%18.91%
201561.04%14.72%2.31%19.34%
201658.48%17.56%2.21%19.15%
201760.02%15.53%2.40%19.41%
201858.53%16.21%2.83%19.51%
201961.46%14.83%2.48%18.28%
202056.25%16.85%2.74%18.72%
202155.90%16.55%2.45%19.90%

Forklift Operator Wage Gap By Race

Asian forklift operators have the highest average salary compared to other ethnicities. Black or african american forklift operators have the lowest average salary at $33,642.
$36,000
$35,000
$34,000
$33,000
Unknown
White
Black or African American
Asian
Hispanic or Latino
EthnicitySalary
Unknown$34,462
White$34,438
Black or African American$33,642
Asian$35,227
Hispanic or Latino$34,315

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Average Age of a Forklift Operator

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

Male
Female

Forklift Operator Age By Race

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

Forklift Operator Age Breakdown

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

40+ years

30-40 years

20-30 years


Forklift Operator Age

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

Types of Forklift Operator Degree Levels

The most common degree for forklift operators is high school diploma 59% of forklift operators earn that degree. A close second is diploma with 15% and rounding it off is associate degree with 13%.

  • High School Diploma, 59%
  • Diploma, 15%
  • Associate, 13%
  • Bachelors, 7%
  • Other Degrees, 6%

Forklift Operators By Education

Forklift Operator DegreePercentages
High School Diploma59%
Diploma15%
Associate13%
Bachelors7%
Other Degrees6%

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Forklift Operator Wage Gap By Education

Forklift operators with a Associate degree earn more than those without, at $35,190 annually. With a High School Diploma degree, forklift operators earn a median annual income of $34,492 compared to $34,428 for forklift operators with an Bachelors degree.
$36,000
$35,000
$34,000
High School Diploma or Less
Bachelor's Degree
Some College/ Associate Degree
EducationSalary
High School Diploma or Less$34,492
Bachelor's Degree$34,428
Some College/ Associate Degree$35,190

Forklift Operator Employment Statistics

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

Company Size

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

< 50 employees

50 - 100 employees

100 - 500 employees

500 - 1,000 employees

1,000 - 10,000 employees

> 10,000

Forklift Operator Jobs By Employer Size

Company SizePercentages
< 50 employees3%
50 - 100 employees7%
100 - 500 employees11%
500 - 1,000 employees5%
1,000 - 10,000 employees30%
> 10,000 employees43%

The Types Of Companies Forklift Operator Work In

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

Education

Public

Private

Government

Forklift Operator Jobs By Sector

Company TypePercentages
Education1%
Public39%
Private58%
Government1%

Top Industries Hiring Forklift Operators

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

Fortune 500

Manufacturing

Transportation

Retail

Professional

Forklift Operator Turnover And Employment Statistics

Forklift Operator 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 operators changed.

  • Unemployment rate

Forklift Operator Unemployment Rate By Year

YearForklift Operator 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 Operator Stay in a Job

By looking over 192,871 forklift operators resumes, we figured out that the average forklift operator 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 Operator Tenure

Number or YearsPercentages
Less than 1 year32%
1-2 years33%
3-4 years13%
5-7 years13%
8-10 years4%
11+ years6%

Comparing The LGBT Ratio of Forklift Operators 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 operators.

Job TitleLGBTJob Openings
Gantry Crane Operator1.94%30,035
Forklift Operator3.85%-
Commercial Front Load Driver4.13%96,423
Reconditioner4.59%4,833
Furniture Packer4.67%16,993
Supplies Packer6.68%16,193
Pulp Grinder Feeder10.43%1,163

Forklift Operator LGBT Demographics

ProfessionPercentages of LGBT Job Openings
Gantry Crane Operator1.94%30,035
Commercial Front Load Driver4.13%96,423
Reconditioner4.59%4,833
Furniture Packer4.67%16,993
Supplies Packer6.68%16,193
Pulp Grinder Feeder10.43%1,163

Foreign Languages Spoken By Forklift Operators

The most common foreign language among forklift operators is Spanish at 84.6%. The second-most popular foreign language spoken is French at 4.0% and Carrier is the third-most popular at 2.6%.

  • Spanish, 84.6%
  • French, 4.0%
  • Carrier, 2.6%
  • German, 1.3%
  • Arabic, 1.3%
  • Other, 6.2%

Forklift Operator Languages Spoken

Foreign LanguagePercentages
Spanish84.6%
French4.0%
Carrier2.6%
German1.3%
Arabic1.3%
Other6.2%

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Forklift Operator Heatmaps

The amount you can make as a forklift operator can depend on where you live. For example, the highest salary of forklift operators is $40,465. Use our chart to find out where that salary is located.

Where Do Forklift Operators Earn The Most?

Forklift operators earn the most in North Dakota, where the average forklift operator salary is $40,448. The map here shows where forklift operators 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 Operators?

By looking through more than 192,871 resumes, we found that the most popular places for forklift operators are Houston, TX and Memphis, TN.

Number of Forklift Operators

Number Of Forklift Operator Jobs By State

Where Are Forklift Operators In High Demand?

Forklift operators are in high demand in Charlotte, NC. There are currently 82 job openings for forklift operators here. We looked over job openings to determine where in the country forklift operators are in the most demand.

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Forklift Operator Demographics FAQs

What Percentage Of Forklift Operators Are Female?

10.5% of forklift operators are female in the United States. This is -1.1 percentage points lower than last year. Additionally, the percentage of female forklift operators has decreased by -0.6 percentage points since 2010. That means there are a total of 164,287 female forklift operators in the U.S. and 1,400,352 male forklift operators in the United States. Note that Zippia's estimate accounts only for the 1,564,639 people with the specific job title of forklift operator and doesn't include grouping similar job titles, or people with potentially similar credentialing.

How Many Forklift Operator Are There In The Us?

There are over 1,595,758 Forklift Operators in the United States.

What Percentage Of Forklift Operators Are Black?

16.5% of Forklift Operators are Black or African American

What Race Are Most Forklift Operators?

Most a are White, with 55.9% of Forklift Operators belonging to this ethnicity. 19.9% of Forklift Operators are Hispanic or Latino, 16.5% of Forklift Operators are Black or African American, 4.4% of Forklift Operators are Unknown, 2.5% of Forklift Operators are Asian, and 0.8% of Forklift Operators are American Indian and Alaska Native

Are Forklift Operator Jobs Male - Dominated?

Yes, Forklift Operator jobs are male - dominated. 92% of Forklift Operators are male, and 8% are female, so there are more male Forklift Operators than female Forklift Operators in the United States.

How Old Is The Average Forklift Operator?

The average Forklift Operator is 43 years old. 60% of Forklift Operators 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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