A Bartender earns an average wage of $7.15 per hour. For the first five to ten years in this position, pay increases steeply, but any additional experience does not have a big effect on pay. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years' experience in this field.
Bartender Total Pay (?
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$9,953 - $49,874
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MEDIAN: $24,663
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Bartender Total Pay (?
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$3.09 - $10.53
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MEDIAN: $7.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$9,953 - $49,874  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $995  
Profit Sharing
$294.79 - $2,397  
Commission
$235.83 - $5,139  
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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$10,598 - $42,685  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 17 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 2,138
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$3.09 - $10.53  
   
Hourly Tips
$2.52 - $17.81  
Overtime
$4.48 - $16.73  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $995  
   
Commission
$235.83 - $5,139  
Profit Sharing
$294.79 - $2,397  
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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$10,598 - $42,685  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 17 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 2,138
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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
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Seattle
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Los Angeles
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Dallas
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San Diego
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Atlanta
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Miami
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Houston
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New York
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Orlando
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National Average
$23,000
Chicago
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Boston
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Baltimore
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Experience Affects Bartender Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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National Average
$23,000
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Gender
Female
57%
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Male
43%
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Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
9%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 19% dental benefits Dental: 12%
vision benefits Vision: 10% employee benefits None: 81%
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