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Bartender Salary

Bartenders get a nice boost in their paychecks from tips, which amount to a little over a half of their total hourly pay of $15.71 on average. The hourly wage generally spans the spectrum between $3.20 per hour and $11.10. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by geography, followed by the specific employer and tenure. Women make up a slight majority of Bartenders (58 percent) survey respondents. The majority of Bartenders claim high levels of job satisfaction. Slightly less than one-fifth report receiving medical coverage from their employers and roughly an eighth collect dental insurance.

$10,785 - $49,460
(Median)
$11K
$25K
$49K
MEDIAN: $25,260
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50%
90%

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$3.20 - $11.10
(Median)
$3
$7
$11
MEDIAN: $7.00
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$10,785 - $49,460  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $515  
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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$10,796 - $43,790  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 291
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$3.20 - $11.10  
   
Hourly Tips
$2.39 - $17.59  
Overtime
$4.35 - $17.06  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $515  
   
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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$10,796 - $43,790  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,420

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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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With a median employee salary of $20K, Applebee's Neighborhood Grill and Bar pays significantly less than its competitors (about half the top paying employer's rate).

Pay by Experience Level for Bartender

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


The average beginner in this position makes around $22K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $26K. Bartenders see a median salary of $25K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $27K on average.

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Experience Affects Bartender Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$24,000


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 228 votes.

Gender

Female
58 %
Male
42 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 19% dental benefits Dental: 13%
vision benefits Vision: 10% employee benefits None: 80%
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