Bartender Salary

Tips are a big part of the average paycheck for Bartenders. On average, they amount to about $8.51 of the $15.65 per hour they pull down. Hourly earnings generally vary between $3.20 per hour and $11.15. This group's pay is mainly influenced by geography, followed by the company and years of experience. Work is enjoyable for Bartenders, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Slightly less than a fifth report receiving medical coverage from their employers and close to an eighth collect dental insurance. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 58 percent.

$11,745 - $49,510

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$3.20 - $11.15

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$11,745 - $49,510  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $513  
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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$11,040 - $43,395  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 300
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$3.20 - $11.15  
   
Hourly Tips
$2.40 - $17.30  
Overtime
$4.08 - $17.64  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $513  
   
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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$11,040 - $43,395  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,392
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Job Description for Bartender

Bartenders are expected to be guest-oriented and to provide friendly, attentive and quality service to the patrons of the establishment in which they work. Bartenders generally have good people skills the ability to multitask and prioritize. They can work in many different kinds of locations, from bars and nightclubs to hotels and restaurants to private events such as weddings. Wherever they work, bartenders take orders from guests or the waitstaff, prepare and serve the drinks. The drinks they serve can include everything from beers and wines to specialty mixed drinks, and can also include non-alcoholic drinks at times as well. Good bartenders should have a working knowledge of common cocktails and mixed drinks, and they should also know any specialty drinks that their establishment serves. In addition, successful bartenders make it a point to learn the faces and names of their regular guests; this increases customer satisfaction and often leads to better tips. In the cases where food or other refreshments are served, bartenders are usually expected to present menus, make recommendations and answer questions patrons may have about the menu. Bartenders will sometimes also deliver any food orders to guests seated in the bar area. Additionally bartenders are responsible for washing and sterilizing glassware and keeping the bar clean as well. They also maintain the glasses and bottles at the bar in an attractive and functional fashion that both is visually pleasing and still supports efficient drink preparation. Bartenders can also be required to open or close a bar depending on their shift. Generally speaking, bartenders usually must be 21 years old or more due to the nature of the job. Drinking is a late night activity so bartenders usually work nights into the morning, sometimes as late as 4:00 a.m.


Bartender Tasks

  • Complete liquor requisitions and supply lists.
  • Perform all guest contact activities in a cordial, efficient and professional manner.
  • Ring guest checks, collect cash and process credits.
  • Make and serve drinks to guests and cocktail servers.
  • Complete all side work.

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Heading up the field in terms of compensation, Marriott International, Inc. offers the most; Bartenders earn $38K on average there.

Just about half of the top paying company's median, Applebee's Neighborhood Grill and Bar offers a median salary of just $20K, consistently last on the pay scale ladder by far.

Pay by Experience Level for Bartender

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


Bartenders with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. The average beginner in this position makes around $22K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $26K. For Bartenders, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $26K. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $27K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

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Experience Affects Bartender Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$24,000


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 215 votes.

Gender

Female
58 %
Male
42 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 19% dental benefits Dental: 12%
vision benefits Vision: 10% employee benefits None: 81%
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