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Entry-Level Barista Salary

An average Entry-Level Barista can expect to take home roughly $8.70 per hour. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer. For the most part, Entry-Level Baristas enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — more than half lack coverage. On the flip side, over a third have medical insurance and just under one in three receive dental plans. Female Entry-Level Baristas survey participants are more prevalent than men — 68 percent of professionals. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$14,093 - $29,361
(Median)
$14K
$23K
$29K
MEDIAN: $22,551
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$7.48 - $10.29
(Median)
$7
$8
$10
MEDIAN: $8.00
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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
$14,093 - $29,361  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $202.73  
Profit Sharing
$250.00 - $1,500  
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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$16,116 - $24,160  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 36
National Hourly Rate 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$6$12$18
Hourly Rate
$7.48 - $10.29  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.26 - $3.07  
Overtime
$6.25 - $16.58  
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.
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$0$12K$24K$36K
Bonus
$0.00 - $202.73  
   
Profit Sharing
$250.00 - $1,500  
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).
)
$16,116 - $24,160  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,242
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Entry-Level Baristas fill the offices of leading firms Starbucks Corporation, Barnes & Noble, Inc., Peet's Coffee, Target Corporation, and Caribou Coffee Company, Inc. Although Starbucks Corporation offers the highest salaries (median pay is $19K), survey participants reported a rather limited pay range of $16K to $24K.

Barnes & Noble, Inc. doles out the lowest salaries in town — median pay is $17K — not to mention workers can only make as much as $20K and scope of pay is rather limited.

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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 219 votes.

Gender

Female
68 %
Male
32 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 37% dental benefits Dental: 29%
vision benefits Vision: 23% employee benefits None: 61%
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