Tips are a big part of the average paycheck for Bartenders. On average, they amount to about $8.56 of the $16.18 per hour they pull down. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by the specific employer, followed by geography and experience level. Medical and dental coverage is claimed by slightly less than one-fifth, and about a tenth earn vision coverage. Job satisfaction for Bartenders is high. Women account for the majority of Bartenders who responded to the questionnaire — 62 percent to be exact. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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.
- 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
Known for taking on a considerable number of Bartenders, Applebee's Neighborhood Grill and Bar, Buffalo Wild Wings, Inc., Holiday Inn, Fraternal Order of Eagles, and Chili's Grill & Bar are leading firms in the industry. Those at Marriott International, Inc. can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $38K. Other employers shelling out big bucks include T.G.I. Friday's, Fraternal Order of Eagles, and Buffalo Wild Wings, Inc., where Bartenders typically earn around $29K, $29K, or $28K, respectively.
Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Darden Restaurant Group at $19K, Holiday Inn at $20K, and Applebee's Neighborhood Grill and Bar, where $21K is the norm.
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. Bartenders who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $30K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn any more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts.