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Barista Salary

The average rate for a Barista is $8.81 per hour. Pay for this job rises steadily for more experienced workers, but goes down noticeably for the few employees with more than 20 years' experience. People in this job generally don't have more than 10 years' experience.

$14,203 - $29,301
(Median)
$14K
$22K
$29K
MEDIAN: $21,931
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50%
90%

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$7.52 - $10.93
(Median)
$7
$8
$11
MEDIAN: $8.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$10K$20K$30K
Salary
$14,203 - $29,301  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $200.33  
Profit Sharing
$375.00 - $1,750  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$16,181 - $25,471  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 37
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$6$12$18
Hourly Rate
$7.52 - $10.93  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.34 - $3.21  
Overtime
$7.83 - $17.58  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
)
$0$12K$24K$36K
Bonus
$0.00 - $200.33  
   
Profit Sharing
$375.00 - $1,750  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
)
$16,181 - $25,471  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,415

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Job Description for Barista

Simply put, a barista is a man or woman who works in a coffee house or coffee shop. They're the person who takes customers’ orders, helps prepare coffee and related drinks, and serves them. Working as a barista requires customer service skills. Often, baristas will work in dedicated coffee houses and cafes. The barista must be well-versed in the different coffee offerings at the location he or she is employed in. This can include different types of coffee beans, as well as different roasting procedures. A good barista is expected to be able to describe the flavor profiles of these varieties to customers in a way that helps the patron to decide upon a coffee to purchase.

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Barista Tasks

  • Clean and stock customer and kitchen areas.
  • Prepare drink and food orders according to organizational standards.
  • Greet customers, take orders, accept payment, and answer questions.
  • Sample products and develop expertise to educate customers.

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Pay by Experience Level for Barista

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

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Experience Affects Barista Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 36%

Mid-Career
up arrow 14%

Late-Career
up arrow 13%

National Average
$19,000


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 271 votes.

Gender

Female
70 %
Male
30 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
15%
1-4 years
64%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
4%
20 years or more
0%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 39% dental benefits Dental: 32%
vision benefits Vision: 26% employee benefits None: 59%