Bartender Salary

Average hourly pay for Bartenders is often heavily supplemented by tips and totals around $16.00 (including $8.72 from gratuities). Hourly earnings reach $3.28 per hour on the low end and $11.68 on the high end. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is location, though the company and years of experience have a (lesser) impact as well. Women make up a slight majority of Bartenders (59 percent) survey respondents. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Bartenders. Just under a fifth report receiving medical coverage from their employers and one-eighth collect dental insurance.

$9,844 - $48,818
(Median)
$10K
$26K
$49K
MEDIAN: $25,932
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$3.28 - $11.68
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$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


Well-known firms with a reputation for hiring numerous Bartenders include Applebee's Neighborhood Grill and Bar, Olive Garden Restaurants, Buffalo Wild Wings, Inc., Fraternal Order of Eagles, and Marriott International, Inc. Bartenders flock to Marriott International, Inc. for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $38K lead the pack in compensation.

Known for its small paychecks, Applebee's Neighborhood Grill and Bar actually ranks last in the field for salary, reporting a median income of $21K — 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.


Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $23K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $27K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $27K in this role. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $28K.

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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