For Bartenders, wages are rounded out by a healthy number of tips. Of the $16.71 they earn per hour on average, more than half comes from tips. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the company and tenure. The majority of Bartenders (62 percent) who took the survey are women. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to a little less than a fifth, and around one in eight earn dental coverage. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
|Salary||$11,439 - $49,932|
|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).)
|$14,459 - $48,583|
|Hourly Rate||$3.22 - $12.84|
|Hourly Tips||$2.26 - $20.14|
|Overtime||$6.32 - $20.68|
|Total Pay (||$14,459 - $48,583|
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.
- 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.
Popular Employer Salaries for Bartender
Dominating the field, Applebee's Neighborhood Grill and Bar, Olive Garden Restaurants, Fraternal Order of Eagles, Chili's Grill & Bar, and Holiday Inn are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of Bartenders. Marriott International, Inc. leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $38K. Also paying near the top of the field are T.G.I. Friday's at $29K, Fraternal Order of Eagles at $29K, and Buffalo Wild Wings, Inc., where Bartenders annually earn $28K.
Olive Garden Restaurants, Holiday Inn and Applebee's Neighborhood Grill and Bar are three other employers with a reputation for below-average pay, all showing salaries around $21K.
Pay by Experience Level for Bartender
Pay by Experience for a Bartender has a positive trend. An entry-level Bartender with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $25,000 based on 719 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Bartender with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $30,000 based on 419 salaries. An experienced Bartender which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $30,000 based on 370 salaries. A Bartender with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $29,000 based on 146 salaries.
Pay Difference by Location
Bartenders will find that San Francisco offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 46 percent. Bartenders will also find cushy salaries in Las Vegas (+42 percent), New Orleans (+39 percent), New York (+28 percent), and Orlando (+28 percent). Midwestern cities Columbus, Chicago, and Indianapolis are less-than-lucrative areas for Bartenders, where pay is not only lower than the national average but also represents the three lowest-paid areas in the country. Below-median salaries also turn up in Chicago and Indianapolis (8 percent lower and 3 percent lower, respectively).
Key Stats for Bartender
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