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Forklift Driver Salary

  Annual Salary Monthly Pay Weekly Pay Hourly Wage
Top Earners $33,000 $2,750 $634 $16
75th Percentile $30,500 $2,541 $586 $15
Average $27,919 $2,326 $536 $13
25th Percentile $25,000 $2,083 $480 $12
$19,000 - $20,499
1% of jobs
$20,500 - $21,999
4% of jobs
$22,000 - $23,499
6% of jobs
$23,500 - $24,999
10% of jobs
$25,000 is the 25th percentile. Salaries below this are outliers.
$25,000 - $26,499
15% of jobs
The average salary is $27,919 a year
$26,500 - $27,999
15% of jobs
$28,000 - $29,499
15% of jobs
$30,500 is the 75th percentile. Salaries above this are outliers.
$29,500 - $30,999
13% of jobs
$31,000 - $32,499
9% of jobs
$33,000 is the 90th percentile. Salaries above this are outliers.
$32,500 - $33,999
5% of jobs
$34,000 - $35,500
3% of jobs

National Average

$19,000 $27,919/year $13/hour $35,500
Forklift Driver Salary Comparison by Location
Nationwide
United States
$27,919
$2,326
$536
$13
Ashburn, VA
Virginia
$28,302
$2,358
$544
$14

As of Oct 24, 2020, the average annual pay for a Forklift Driver in the United States is $27,919 a year.

Just in case you need a simple salary calculator, that works out to be approximately $13.42 an hour. This is the equivalent of $537/week or $2,327/month.

While ZipRecruiter is seeing annual salaries as high as $35,500 and as low as $19,000, the majority of Forklift Driver salaries currently range between $25,000 (25th percentile) to $30,500 (75th percentile) with top earners (90th percentile) making $33,000 annually across the United States. The average pay range for a Forklift Driver varies greatly (by as much as $5,500), which suggests there may be many opportunities for advancement and increased pay based on skill level, location and years of experience.

Based on recent job postings on ZipRecruiter, the Forklift Driver job market in both Ashburn, VA and the surrounding area is very active. A Forklift Driver in your area makes on average $28,302 per year, or $383 (1%) more than the national average annual salary of $27,919. Virginia ranks number 23 out of 50 states nationwide for Forklift Driver salaries.

To estimate the most accurate annual salary range for Forklift Driver jobs, ZipRecruiter continuously scans its database of millions of active jobs published locally throughout America.

Find your next high paying job as a Forklift Driver on ZipRecruiter today.

Top 10 Highest Paying Cities for Forklift Driver Jobs

We’ve identified 10 cities where the typical salary for a Forklift Driver job is above the national average. Topping the list is Sunnyvale, CA, with Santa Rosa, CA and Cambridge, MA close behind in the second and third positions. Cambridge, MA beats the national average by $5,147 (16.9%), and Sunnyvale, CA furthers that trend with another $7,357 (23.3%) above the $27,919 average.

Significantly, Sunnyvale, CA has a very active Forklift Driver job market as there are several companies currently hiring for this type of role.

With these 10 cities having average salaries higher than the national average, the opportunities for economic advancement by changing locations as a Forklift Driver appears to be exceedingly fruitful.

Finally, another factor to consider is the average salary for these top ten cities varies very little at 12% between Sunnyvale, CA and Baltimore, MD, reinforcing the limited potential for much wage advancement. The possibility of a lower cost of living may be the best factor to use when considering location and salary for a Forklift Driver role.

CityAnnual SalaryMonthly PayWeekly PayHourly Wage
Sunnyvale, CA$35,277$2,940$678$16.96
Santa Rosa, CA$34,099$2,842$656$16.39
Cambridge, MA$33,066$2,756$636$15.90
Vacaville, CA$32,430$2,703$624$15.59
New York City, NY$32,069$2,672$617$15.42
Fairfield, CA$32,037$2,670$616$15.40
San Mateo, CA$31,853$2,654$613$15.31
Lynn, MA$31,575$2,631$607$15.18
Anchorage, AK$31,527$2,627$606$15.16
Baltimore, MD$31,043$2,587$597$14.92

Top 5 Best Paying Related Forklift Driver Jobs in the U.S.

We found at least five jobs related to the Forklift Driver job category that pay more per year than a typical Forklift Driver salary. Top examples of these roles include: Forklift Engineer, Forklift Supervisor, and Forklift Repair Technician.

However, these example jobs are paid fairly similarly to Forklift Driver jobs, with a range of just $18,425 (49.6%) to $36,004 (78.4%) more than the average Forklift Driver salary of $27,919.

Job TitleAnnual SalaryMonthly PayWeekly PayHourly Wage
Forklift Engineer$63,923$5,327$1,229$30.73
Forklift Supervisor$60,738$5,062$1,168$29.20
Forklift Repair Technician$48,799$4,067$938$23.46
Driver Hire$47,104$3,925$906$22.65
Forklift Truck Mechanic$46,344$3,862$891$22.28

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