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. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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.
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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.
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