Entry-Level Barista Salary (United States)

A typical Barista can expect to take home roughly $8.58 per hour. Residency is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits—more than half lack coverage. On the flip side, 40 percent have medical insurance and around one third receive dental plans. The majority of Entry-Level Baristas (67 percent) are women. Most Entry-Level Baristas report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took 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
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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 (?
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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

Though highest salaries can be found at Starbucks Corporation—median pay is $18,984—there is little variability in compensation, with paychecks starting at $16,106 and reaching $23K.
Barnes & Noble, Inc. doles out the lowest salaries in town—median pay is $16,785—not to mention workers can only make as much as $20K and scope of pay is rather limited. Employees at Peet's Coffee and Starbucks Corporation can also expect below-average earnings of $18,775 and $18,984.

Pay Difference By Location

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Boston
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New York
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Los Angeles
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Chicago
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National Average
$19,000
Columbus
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Milwaukee
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For those looking to make money, Entry-Level Baristas in San Francisco enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 30 percent above the national average. Other big spenders include Washington, Seattle, Boston, and San Jose, top-paying cities where Entry-Level Baristas see paychecks higher than average (+16 percent, +12 percent, +10 percent, and +10 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Milwaukee, 9 percent below the national average.
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Job Satisfaction

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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%