Entry-Level Barista Salary (United States)

Entry-Level Baristas ordinarily take home approximately $8.58 per hour. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the company. More than half of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, 40 percent report medical coverage and around one third claim dental coverage as well. Entry-Level Baristas are largely women, dominating the profession at 67 percent. Work is enjoyable for the better half of Entry-Level Baristas who claim high levels of job satisfaction. This outline is based on answers to PayScale's salary survey.
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
(Median)
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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  
PayScale
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 (?
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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  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,209
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Although Starbucks Corporation offers the highest salaries in town—median pay is $18,984—workers can only make as much as $23K and scope of pay is rather limited.
Entry-Level Baristas will find the worst pay at Barnes & Noble, Inc., where the median salary crawls in at $16,785. Furthermore, compensation is curbed at $20K, leaving little room for growth. Also sliding in at the lower end of the scale are Peet's Coffee ($18,775) and Starbucks Corporation ($18,984).

Pay Difference By Location

San Francisco
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Chicago
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National Average
$19,000
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Milwaukee
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Home to some of the best pay for Entry-Level Baristas, San Francisco offers exceptional salaries, 30 percent above the national average. Other urban areas shelling out big bucks include Washington, Seattle, Boston, and San Jose, where Entry-Level Baristas typically earn around 16 percent, 12 percent, 10 percent, and 10 percent more than usual. Milwaukee is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 9 percent.

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%
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