Bartender Salary

For Bartenders, wages are rounded out by a healthy number of tips. Of the $16.00 they earn per hour on average, over one-half comes from tips. Hourly wages bottom out near $3.28 per hour but verge on $11.68 at the top of the pay range. While the company and years of experience impact pay for this group, geography is the most influential factor. Most Bartenders like their work and job satisfaction is high. Medical benefits are awarded to just under a fifth, and about an eighth earn dental coverage. Women make up a slight majority of Bartenders (59 percent) survey respondents. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$9,844 - $48,818
(Median)
$10K
$26K
$49K
MEDIAN: $25,932
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$3.28 - $11.68
(Median)
$3
$7
$12
MEDIAN: $7.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$9,844 - $48,818  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $497.43  
Profit Sharing
$1,150  
Commission
$3,000  
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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$11,762 - $45,020  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 364
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$3.28 - $11.68  
   
Hourly Tips
$2.33 - $18.62  
Overtime
$4.45 - $19.00  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $497.43  
   
Commission
$3,000  
Profit Sharing
$1,150  
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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$11,762 - $45,020  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,486
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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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Popular Employer Salaries for Bartender


Applebee's Neighborhood Grill and Bar, Olive Garden Restaurants, Buffalo Wild Wings, Inc., Fraternal Order of Eagles, and Marriott International, Inc. are leaders in the field that employ a large number of Bartenders. The biggest paychecks can be found at Marriott International, Inc. — the median salary there is $38K.

With a reported median salary of only $21K, Applebee's Neighborhood Grill and Bar easily takes the cake for lowest-paying firm in town; earnings are 78 percent lower than the top payer.

Pay by Experience Level for Bartender

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


Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $23K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $27K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $27K. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $28K on average.

Bartender Reviews

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.

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Experience Affects Bartender Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$25,000


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 235 votes.

Gender

Female
59 %
Male
41 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 19%
dental benefits
Dental: 13%
medical benefits
Vision: 10%
dental benefits
None: 80%
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