What does a Forklift Operator III 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.

What responsibilities are common for Forklift Operator III jobs?
  • 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
What are the typical qualifications for Forklift Operator III jobs?
  • 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
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Work/Life Balance
3.0 ★
Total Pay--
Career Opportunity
3.1 ★
Avg. Experience8+ years

How much does a Forklift Operator III make?

Confident
$55,976 /yr
Total Pay
$41,554
 /yr

Base Pay

+
$14,422
 /yr

Additional Pay

$55,976

 / yr
$32K$255K
Most Likely Range
Possible Range
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Forklift Operator III Career Path

Learn how to become a Forklift Operator III, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

L3
Forklift Operator III
$55,976/yr
L4
L3

Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
16%
2 - 4
15%
5 - 7
2%
8+
67%
Not including years spent in education and/or training
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Forklift Operator III Insights

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Aimia FoodsAimia Foods
FLT Driver
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Forklift Operator
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307 Warehousing and Logistics
Forklift Operator
Dec 19, 2021

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Gilberto Cunha Advogados
Forklift Operator
Mar 11, 2021

“People were good to work with I felt comfortable with the people I worked with.”

The Best ConnectionThe Best Connection
Warehouse Operator
Oct 1, 2020

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

DHL Supply ChainDHL Supply Chain
Forklift Operator
Jan 1, 2021

“Managment does not report problems to HR. Better to go above supervisors heads and let HRs manager know the real issues within the warehouse.”

Pactiv EvergreenPactiv Evergreen
Forklift Operator
Jan 19, 2022

“Pays good and the schedule was great”

AmazonAmazon
Forklift Operator
Mar 5, 2021

“good and fun cool people”

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Forklift Operator III Interviews

Frequently asked questions about the roles and responsibilities of a Forklift Operator III

When working as a Forklift Operator III, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Observational, Speaking, English, Team Work, and MS OUTLOOK.

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