For Bartenders, wages are rounded out by a healthy number of tips. Of the $16.41 they earn per hour on average, just over a half comes from tips. This group's pay is mainly influenced by geographic location, followed by the company and years of experience. More than half of Bartenders (63 percent) survey participants are women. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Bartenders. In this profession, a little less than one-fifth enjoy medical and dental coverage, and nearly one in ten have vision insurance, as well. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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|Salary||$11,690 - $48,707|
|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).)
|$14,278 - $46,805|
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|Hourly Rate||$3.17 - $12.52|
|Hourly Tips||$2.05 - $20.06|
|Overtime||$5.07 - $20.27|
|Total Pay (||$14,278 - $46,805|
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
Bartenders flock to Applebee's Neighborhood Grill and Bar, Olive Garden Restaurants, Fraternal Order of Eagles, Chili's Grill & Bar, and Holiday Inn, highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. Heading up the field in terms of compensation, Marriott International, Inc. offers the most; Bartenders earn $38K on average there. 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.
Workers at Olive Garden Restaurants, Holiday Inn, and Applebee's Neighborhood Grill and Bar also face smaller salaries than the rest of the field — average earnings for each of these employers come to $21K.
Pay by Experience Level for Bartender
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $25K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $30K. On average, Bartenders make $30K following one to two decades on the job. Bartenders who claim more than two decades of experience actually make somewhat smaller average paychecks of $29K.
Pay Difference by Location
San Francisco is home to an above-average pay rate for Bartenders, 51 percent higher than the national average. Bartenders will also find cushy salaries in Las Vegas (+47 percent), New Orleans (+43 percent), New York (+32 percent), and Orlando (+32 percent). Location is a huge contributor to overall pay, with Bartenders in Columbus earning a whopping 25 percent below the national average.
Key Stats for Bartender
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 201 votes.