For Bartenders, wages are rounded out by a healthy number of tips. Of the $16.59 they earn per hour on average, more than half comes from tips. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is geographic location, though the specific employer and experience level have a (lesser) impact as well. Most Bartenders like their work and job satisfaction is high. Women account for the majority of Bartenders who responded to the questionnaire — 62 percent to be exact. A little less than a fifth enjoy medical while nearly one-eighth get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to nearly one in ten.

$11,751 - $48,784
$12K
$29K
$49K
MEDIAN: $29,038
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$3.25 - $12.49
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MEDIAN: $7.71
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$11,751 - $48,784  
   
Bonus
$650  
Profit Sharing
$400.00  
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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$14,311 - $46,993  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 332
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$3.25 - $12.49  
   
Hourly Tips
$2.14 - $20.11  
Overtime
$5.03 - $20.32  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$650  
   
Profit Sharing
$400.00  
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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$14,311 - $46,993  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,066

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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

  • 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.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Bartender


Many Bartenders can be found at Applebee's Neighborhood Grill and Bar, Olive Garden Restaurants, Buffalo Wild Wings, Inc., Fraternal Order of Eagles, and Chili's Grill & Bar, firms that are at the top of the field. Marriott International, Inc. offers the highest compensation with a median salary of $38K. Other employers shelling out big bucks include T.G.I. Friday's, Buffalo Wild Wings, Inc., and Fraternal Order of Eagles, where Bartenders typically earn around $29K, $29K, or $29K, respectively.

Employees at Olive Garden Restaurants, Holiday Inn, and Applebee's Neighborhood Grill and Bar can also expect below-average earnings of $21K.

Pay by Experience Level for Bartender

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


Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $25K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $29K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $30K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income no higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

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.

Key Stats for Bartender

Gender

Female
62 %
Male
38 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 197 votes.
038
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
10%
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Experience Affects Bartender Salaries


Late-Career
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National Average
$27,000


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 197 votes.

Gender

Female
62 %
Male
38 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 18%
dental benefits
Dental: 13%
vision benefits
Vision: 10%
dental benefits
None: 80%
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