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How Much Does a Machine Operator/Forklift Operator Earn In The United States?

Machine Operator/Forklift Operator Salaries
Updated April 6, 2021
Average Yearly Salary
$28,000
$25,000
$28,000
$31,000
Machine operator/forklift operators in the United States make an average salary of $28,304 per year or $13.61 per hour. In terms of salary range, an entry level machine operator/forklift operator salary is roughly $25,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $31,000. If you like following the crowd, manufacturing and retail companies tend to attract the most workers in this field. But if you're in it for the money, then you'll want to seek out retail, manufacturing, and automotive companies, as employees in each industry have reported the highest salaries. As most things go, location can be critical. Kansas, Alaska, Washington, Wyoming, and Pennsylvania provide the highest machine operator/forklift operator salaries.
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Where Machine Operator/Forklift Operators Earn The Most

The darker areas on the map show where machine operator/forklift operators earn the highest salaries across all 50 states.

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How Much Do Machine Operator/Forklift Operators Earn In Different Cities?

If both location and money are important to you, then you might want to check out moving to Kansas, Alaska and Washington, as these three states offer the highest salaries throughout the U.S. for machine operator/forklift operators. Quite opposite of that list is the lowest paying states, which are Texas, South Carolina, and Idaho.
Location
1. Hazleton, PA
$32,584
Avg. Salary
$23k
$35k
2. Saint Cloud, MN
$31,554
Avg. Salary
$23k
$35k
3. Anaheim, CA
$30,412
Avg. Salary
$23k
$35k
4. Belvidere, IL
$30,265
Avg. Salary
$23k
$35k
5. Smyrna, GA
$27,567
Avg. Salary
$23k
$35k
6. Springville, UT
$26,235
Avg. Salary
$23k
$35k

High Paying Machine Operator/Forklift Operator Jobs

Which Companies Pay Machine Operator/Forklift Operators The Most?

If you insist on knowing when your check is going to come and for how much, then you'd be better off working for companies like Master Brands and Masterbrand Cabinets as they offer the highest salaries for machine operator/forklift operators.
Company
Avg. Salary
$24k
$35k
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$24k
$35k
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$24k
$35k
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$24k
$35k
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$24k
$35k

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Machine Operator/Forklift Operator Salary History

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    How Experience Affects Machine Operator/Forklift Operator Salaries

    The salary for a machine operator/forklift operator can vary depending on the years of experience that a person has, from entry level to senior level. Data on how experience level affects total compensation 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.

    Recently Added Machine Operator/Forklift Operator Salaries

    Location
    CompanyascdescJobascdescLocationascdescDate AddedascdescSalaryascdesc
    Forklift/Machine Operator-Rotation
    Forklift/Machine Operator-Rotation
    Leola, PA
    Leola, PA
    03/30/2021
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    $36,481
    $36,481
    03/30/2021
    All Shifts Available-Forklift/Machine Operator-Immediate Start
    All Shifts Available-Forklift/Machine Operator-Immediate Start
    Bowling Green, KY
    Bowling Green, KY
    03/30/2021
    03/30/2021
    $29,218
    $29,218
    03/30/2021
    Onesource Staffing Solutions
    Onesource Staffing Solutions
    Machine Operator/Forklift Driver
    Machine Operator/Forklift Driver
    Machine Operator/Forklift Driver
    Hazleton, PA
    Hazleton, PA
    03/29/2021
    03/29/2021
    $33,914
    $33,914
    03/29/2021
    Luttrell Staffing Group
    Luttrell Staffing Group
    Machine Operator | Manufacturing | Forklift
    Machine Operator | Manufacturing | Forklift
    Machine Operator | Manufacturing | Forklift
    Greeneville, TN
    Greeneville, TN
    03/26/2021
    03/26/2021
    $29,218
    $29,218
    03/26/2021
    Machine Operator/Forklift
    Machine Operator/Forklift
    Tampa, FL
    Tampa, FL
    03/25/2021
    03/25/2021
    $31,305
    $31,305
    03/25/2021
    Forklift/Machine Operator
    Forklift/Machine Operator
    Wampum, PA
    Wampum, PA
    03/24/2021
    03/24/2021
    $27,131
    $27,131
    03/24/2021
    Machine & Forklift Operator
    Machine & Forklift Operator
    Wakefield, MA
    Wakefield, MA
    03/16/2021
    03/16/2021
    $36,940
    $36,940
    03/16/2021
    Machine Operator/Forklift Operator
    Machine Operator/Forklift Operator
    East Liberty, OH
    East Liberty, OH
    03/03/2021
    03/03/2021
    $34,602
    $34,602
    03/03/2021
    Luttrell Staffing Group
    Luttrell Staffing Group
    Forklift | Machine Operator
    Forklift | Machine Operator
    Forklift | Machine Operator
    Bowling Green, KY
    Bowling Green, KY
    01/29/2021
    01/29/2021
    $27,131
    $27,131
    01/29/2021
    Machine & Forklift Operators
    Machine & Forklift Operators
    Devens, MA
    Devens, MA
    01/28/2021
    01/28/2021
    $36,022
    $36,022
    01/28/2021