What does a Forklift Operator do?

A forklift operator is responsible for navigating a warehouse or construction area to move goods around. They are responsible for ensuring that the forklift is in good condition. A few of the main duties of a forklift operator are performing routine maintenance on the forklift, moving goods from one place to another, creating reports of lost or broken goods, and inspecting the forklift. They also have to follow all health and safety regulations. Some of the jobs titles that a forklift operator could grow into are operations manager and warehouse manager.

A forklift operator should have two years of experience in a warehouse setting as well as a high school degree or GED equivalent. One of the most important skills that a forklift operator will have is the ability to keep track of goods. Another skill is organization as the forklift operator will have to keep track of where all the goods are.

  • Keep track of the location of goods
  • Report any damaged or lost goods
  • Move goods from one location to another
  • Perform routine maintenance on the forklift
  • Ensure proper health and safety regulations are followed
  • Store the forklift back in the proper place
  • Ensure there is adequate gas in the forklift
  • Perform inspections on the forklift
  • High School diploma or GED equivalent
  • Certified to operate heavy machinery
  • Ability to lift at least 50 pounds
  • Ability to work independently
  • Ability to follow proper safety procedures
  • Ability to pass a background test
  • Ability to maintain a safe working area
  • Knowledge of heavy machinery
  • Great organizational skills
EducationGED / High School Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.0 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.0 ★
Avg. Experience8+ years

Forklift Operator Salaries

Average Base Pay

₹17,575 /month
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: ₹18T
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Forklift Operator Career Path

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9 Aug 2021

“The pay is not the best for a FLT driver and the chance for promotion within the warehouse is not great”

FCA Fiat Chrysler AutomobilesFCA Fiat Chrysler Automobiles
Line Operator
7 Jun 2019

“You have to have seniority to have a great schedule or to be treated fairly.”

The Best ConnectionThe Best Connection
Warehouse Operator
1 Oct 2020

“Am working with a great company with good pay through Best Connection and I get paid in time including my Holliday pay .”

Long Prairie Packing
Dock Supervisor/Leadman/Forklift Operator
4 Oct 2020

“Pay is good and weekly”

Forklift Driver
23 Oct 2020

“Good salary and it was close”

Magna InternationalMagna International
Warerhouse Operative, Forklift Driver
3 May 2021

“Pay is good and weekly.”

Golden Boy FoodsGolden Boy Foods
Warehouse Forklift Operator
10 Jul 2021

“People are nice and friendly.”

Benore Logistic SystemsBenore Logistic Systems
4 Sep 2019

“Gave employees a $2 an hour raise and not soon after took it back saying it was a “trial”.”

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