Brewer Salary

Men make up the majority of Brewers in the United States, and the nationwide average salary in this area lies in the neighborhood of $14.10 per hour. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Most Brewers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Just under one-half enjoy medical while just under a third get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to slightly less than one-fifth. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$25,220 - $52,217
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$35K
$52K
MEDIAN: $35,264
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$10.13 - $18.84
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$25,220 - $52,217  
   
Bonus
$289.06 - $5,035  
Profit Sharing
$750  
Total Pay (?
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$22,966 - $46,023  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 173
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$10.13 - $18.84  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.10  
Overtime
$15.94 - $27.76  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$289.06 - $5,035  
   
Profit Sharing
$750  
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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$22,966 - $46,023  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 301

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Job Description for Brewer

Just as good restaurants need talented chefs and cooks, brewpubs and craft breweries require skilled brewers to help establish and/or maintain quality standards. Brewers may be employed at large, multinational beverage corporations, or they may work at smaller operations. Generally, no matter what their employer's size, the brewer oversees the creation of beer from start to finish and ensure it meets their employer's standards for quality and consistency.

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Brewer Tasks

  • Check and select the malted barley or grain which will be used in the preparation of beer.
  • Perform regular repairs on the machinery.
  • Operate a milling machine, clean and sterilize the brew tanks, filtering equipment and carbonating machines.
  • Monitor the pH values, temperature and check the fermentation rate.

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Pay by Experience Level for Brewer

Pay by Experience for a Brewer has a positive trend. An entry-level Brewer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $32,000 based on 418 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Brewer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $39,000 based on 75 salaries. An experienced Brewer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $45,000 based on 22 salaries. A Brewer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $45,000 based on 5 salaries.

Brewer Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Brewer?

Brewer in Portland:
"Lots of cleaning with a delicious reward."
Pros: Creating a hand crafted product. Learning how to use and improve production equipment to make the best cider possible.
Cons: Repetitive motions and heavy lifting.

Brewer in La Crosse:
Pros: Excellent co-workers, free beer from the taproom after work, and a relaxed daily start time when working on solo projects such as brewing or filtering.
Cons: No benefits of any kind, extremely hectic work schedule that can change with as little as 12 hours notice, and an illegally low overtime exempted salary of $400/wk (federal law sets the exemption floor at $455/wk). The company owners can't handle criticism or push-back. Slammed doors and yelling can be heard through their office walls on a regular basis when they're receiving bad news.

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Key Stats for Brewer

Gender

Female
8 %
Male
92 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 56 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
77%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
4%
20 years or more
1%
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Experience Affects Brewer Salaries

Experienced
▲38%

Late-Career
▲38%

Mid-Career
▲18%

National Average
$33,000

▼3%

Skills That Affect Brewer Salaries

Brewer
▲2%

Operations Management
▼0%

National Average
$33,000

Cleaning
▼9%

Brewing
▼13%

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
▼17%

Microbiology
▼18%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 56 votes.

Gender

Female
8 %
Male
92 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
77%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
4%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 47%
dental benefits
Dental: 30%
vision benefits
Vision: 19%
no benefits
None: 52%