Bartender Salary (United States)

The average rate for a Bartender is $7.16 per hour. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this career.
Bartender Salary (?
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$9,654 - $49,486
(Median)
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37K
49K
MEDIAN: $24,527
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Bartender Salary (?
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$3.03 - $10.93
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MEDIAN: $7.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$9,654 - $49,486  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $786  
Profit Sharing
$300.00 - $2,449  
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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$10,616 - $42,510  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 278
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$3.03 - $10.93  
   
Hourly Tips
$2.50 - $17.18  
Overtime
$4.56 - $17.03  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $786  
   
Profit Sharing
$300.00 - $2,449  
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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$10,616 - $42,510  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,572
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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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Pay by Experience Level for Bartender

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

Pay Difference By Location

San Francisco
up arrow 74%
Las Vegas
up arrow 55%
Los Angeles
up arrow 44%
Seattle
up arrow 33%
Dallas
up arrow 28%
New York
up arrow 14%
Atlanta
up arrow 12%
Houston
up arrow 11%
San Diego
up arrow 8%
National Average
$23,000
Miami
up arrow 1%
Philadelphia
up arrow 7%
Chicago
up arrow 9%
Orlando
up arrow 11%
Baltimore
up arrow 14%
Pittsburgh
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Experience Affects Bartender Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 15%
Mid-Career
up arrow 11%
Experienced
up arrow 9%
National Average
$23,000

Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
59%
female alumni
 
Male
41%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
18%
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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