According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average median pay for forklift drivers is about $15 per hour, or $30,000 per year, as of 2014. The lowest salary per hour is $10 per hour, or $20,000 per year. The highest forklift driver salary is around $45,000 annually.
The salary for forklift drivers depends on where a person lives. A few of the highest paying states, according to DegreeDirectory.org, are Hawaii, North Dakota and Wyoming. Some of the lowest paying states are Georgia, South Dakota and North Carolina. Training and certification is needed in order to get a job in this field. After education requirements are met, a forklift operator can find work in various places from docks to construction sites.