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Entry-Level Barista Salary (United States)

The average Barista earns approximately $8.58 per hour. Geographic location and the company each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — more than half lack coverage. On the flip side, around two in five have medical insurance and about one in three receive dental plans. Women make up the majority of Entry-Level Baristas (67 percent). Job satisfaction for Entry-Level Baristas is high. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Entry-Level Barista Salary (?
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$13,020 - $25,883
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $20,576
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Entry-Level Barista Salary (?
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$7.45 - $10.27
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MEDIAN: $8.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$9K$18K$27K
Salary
$13,020 - $25,883  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $301.40  
Profit Sharing
$203.47 - $1,474  
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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$15,921 - $23,618  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 32
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$6$12$18
Hourly Rate
$7.45 - $10.27  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.34 - $2.69  
Overtime
$7.31 - $15.93  
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.
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$0$12K$24K$36K
Bonus
$0.00 - $301.40  
   
Profit Sharing
$203.47 - $1,474  
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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$15,921 - $23,618  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,209
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Popular Employer Salaries for Entry-Level Barista

Although salaries only range from $16K to just $23K, Starbucks Corporation still offers the highest pay with a median paycheck of $19K.
Barnes & Noble, Inc. offers the least pay with a median salary of $17K; furthermore, salaries there max out at only $20K. Peet's Coffee is another employer with a reputation for below-average pay.

Pay Difference By Location

San Francisco
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Washington
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Seattle
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Boston
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San Jose
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New York
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Los Angeles
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Chicago
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San Diego
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National Average
$19,000
Columbus
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Milwaukee
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With a pay rate for Entry-Level Baristas that is 30 percent greater than the national average, San Francisco offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Washington, Seattle, Boston, and San Jose also offer top salaries for Entry-Level Baristas. Workers in these cities can expect to earn about 16 percent, 12 percent, 10 percent, and 10 percent more, respectively. In Milwaukee, salaries are 9 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market.
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 232 votes.

Gender

Female
67%
female alumni
 
Male
33%
male alumni

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 40% dental benefits Dental: 32%
vision benefits Vision: 26% employee benefits None: 58%