Salary for Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators

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Also known as:  Forklift Driver, Forklift Operator, Front-End Loader Operator, Hydraulic Lift Driver, Industrial Truck Operator, Reach-Lift Truck Driver, Stacker Operator helps find better paying jobs across all specialties and locations. Sign up in our career community today!

These workers offer industrial trucks and tractors in order to move materials around warehouses, construction sites, storage yards, factories or other similar areas. This occupation is dangerous as it deals with heavy lifting and heavy-duty machine operation. To become an industrial truck or tractor operator, a high school diploma is usually required. Before beginning official work, one year of formal training may be required.

A Industrial Truck or Tractor Operator earns an average salary ranging from $27,390 - $53,720 based on experience and talent. usually receive a pay level of of thirty-nine thousand two hundred and ten dollars each year.

are paid at the highest level in District of Columbia, where they receive a compensation of close to about $56,110. These professionals receive the best pay in Utilities, where they can earn job pay of $60,790.

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The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 38.79 percent nationwide in that time.


Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators tend to make the most in the following industries:

Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
Public Administration

In general, they earn less within the industries below:

Health Care and Social Assistance
Finance and Insurance
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services
Accommodation and Food Services
Other Services (except Public Administration)