Forklift Operator Salary

Average Yearly Salary
Updated May 19, 2020
$28,000
$24,000
Min 10%
$28,000
Median 50%
$33,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Turner Industries
Highest Paying City
Minneapolis, MN
Highest Paying State
Minnesota
Average Experience Level
2.9 years
How much does a forklift operator make?
Forklift Operators in America make, on average, $28,234 a year or $13.57 per hour. The top 10 percent of earners make over $33,000 annually, whereas the bottom 10 percent of earners make under $24,000 per year. Employers that have the highest concentration of job opportunities for Forklift Operators are Professional companies and Manufacturing companies. The top 5 states when it comes to Forklift Operator salaries are Minnesota, Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, and New York. The typical employment for a Forklift Operator is 2.9 years.

Average Forklift Operator Salary By Location

The national average salary for a Forklift Operator in the United States is $28,234 per year or $13.57 per hour. The top city when it comes to Forklift Operator salaries is Minneapolis, MN at $34,332 per year. The Minneapolis, MN average entry-level salary for Forklift Operators is $28,000. Minnesota, Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, and New York are the highest paying states. The lowest earning states are South Carolina, Tennessee, Alabama, Texas, and Louisiana.

Map of Forklift Operator Salaries

The darker areas on the map show where Forklift Operators earn the highest salaries across all 50 states.

Average Salary:

Average Forklift Operator Salary By Company

Like every industry, there is a range of salaries a Forklift Operator makes. Professional companies and Manufacturing companies have the most job opportunities for Forklift Operators. Turner Industries and International Paper are the best paying companies for Forklift Operators. If you can find a job at a company like PepsiCo or General Mills, they also offer very competitive salaries to their Forklift Operators.

Average Forklift Operator Pay By Industry

Forklift Operator salaries can vary depending on the industry. Our data shows that Manufacturing companies, Retail companies, and Transportation companies tend to have the highest salaries for Forklift Operators. Manufacturing companies pay their Forklift Operators the highest wages, averaging $29,663 per year. Retail companies and Transportation companies pay well too, at $27,772 and $27,478, respectively. The average salary for Forklift Operators in the Professional industry is lower than the rest, coming in at $24,625.
Industry
Average Salary
Manufacturing
Manufacturing
$29,663
$30k
Retail
Retail
$27,772
$28k
Transportation
Transportation
$27,478
$27k
Professional
Professional
$24,625
$25k

Forklift Operator Salary History

Compare salaries for individual cities or states with the national average.

National Average
Ashburn, VA

Forklift Operator Salary By Experience Level

The salary for a Forklift Operator can range from $22,944 to $33,347 depending on the amount of work experience that the person has. Data on how experience level affects salary is provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) as part of their National Compensation Survey, which is based on factors such as knowledge, complexity, contacts, and environment.

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