Bartender Salary

Tips add up big time for Bartenders, who earn on average as much as a little more than half of their hourly rate of $17.60 from customer gratuities. Geography is the main element affecting pay for this group — the specific employer and years of experience are driving factors as well. Medical benefits are awarded to around one in five, and one-eighth earn dental coverage. More than half of Bartenders (61 percent) survey participants are women. The majority of Bartenders claim high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$10,011 - $50,779
$10K
$29K
$51K
MEDIAN: $29,217
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$3.17 - $12.80
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MEDIAN: $7.87
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$0$50K
Salary $10,011 - $50,779
Bonus $302.01 - $4,966
Profit Sharing $980
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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$14,658 - $49,751
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 349
Hourly Data $0$21
Hourly Rate $3.17 - $12.80
Hourly Tips $2.42 - $20.62
Overtime $6.66 - $21.04
Annual Data $0$49K
Bonus $302.01 - $4,966
Profit Sharing $980
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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$14,658 - $49,751
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,096

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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. (Copyright 2017 PayScale.com)


Bartender Tasks

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

Bartender Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Bartender


Applebee's Neighborhood Grill and Bar, Olive Garden Restaurants, Fraternal Order of Eagles, Chili's Grill & Bar, and Holiday Inn are among the top companies that take on many Bartenders. Bartenders flock to Marriott International, Inc. for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $38K lead the pack in compensation. Soaring salaries can also be found at T.G.I. Friday's, Fraternal Order of Eagles, and Buffalo Wild Wings, Inc., where earnings of $29K, $29K, or $28K are standard for Bartenders.

Workers at Olive Garden Restaurants, Holiday Inn, and Applebee's Neighborhood Grill and Bar also face smaller salaries than the rest of the field — average earnings for each of these employers come to $21K.

Pay by Experience Level for Bartender

Pay by Experience for a Bartender has a positive trend. An entry-level Bartender with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $25,000 based on 719 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Bartender with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $30,000 based on 419 salaries. An experienced Bartender which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $30,000 based on 370 salaries. A Bartender with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $29,000 based on 146 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $28,655

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Bartenders will find that San Francisco offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 44 percent. Bartenders can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Las Vegas (+40 percent), New Orleans (+36 percent), New York (+26 percent), and Orlando (+26 percent). Relative to Bartenders in the rest of the country, Bartenders in Columbus, Chicago, and Indianapolis see salaries below the national average. In fact, these midwestern cities offer less pay than any other American city. Employers pay around 10 percent less in Chicago and 5 percent less in Indianapolis, below-median salaries for those in this field.

Bartender Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Bartender?

Bartender in Phoenix:
"Discover new people. Discover new beer."
Pros: Craft beer is great! It's exciting to learn about and it's even cooler that so many different walks of life can come together to enjoy such a great thing! I love to meet new people and learn what they like! It's fun to impress patrons by greeting them by name or remembering what they had when they stop in on future visits! It makes me feel as appreciated, as they are to me!
Cons: Lack of communication. Lack of preparation. Stress level. Management.

Bartender in Asheville:
"It can get boring."
Pros: I can pick my schedule and enjoy interacting with people.
Cons: Tired of dealing with drunk people.

Key Stats for Bartender

Gender

Female
61 %
Male
39 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 241 votes.
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
11%
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Experience Affects Bartender Salaries

▲5%

▲3%

Late-Career
▲3%

National Average
$29,000

▼12%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 241 votes.

Gender

Female
61 %
Male
39 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 20%
dental benefits
Dental: 13%
vision benefits
Vision: 11%
no benefits
None: 79%
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