Brewer Salary

A sizeable majority of Brewers in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $13.21 per hour. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Although close to one-half have medical coverage and approximately one-third have dental coverage, approximately one-half claim no health benefits at all. Job satisfaction is considered about average by most people in this profession. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$24,956 - $51,623
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MEDIAN: $35,156
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$9.97 - $18.82
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MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$24,956 - $51,623  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,064  
Profit Sharing
$1,179  
Total Pay (?
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$22,994 - $48,369  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 161
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$9.97 - $18.82  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.91  
Overtime
$17.14 - $28.60  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,064  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,179  
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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$22,994 - $48,369  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 206
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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

  • 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.
  • Check and select the malted barley or grain which will be used in the preparation of beer.
  • Perform regular repairs on the machinery.

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Job skills reported by Brewers are limited. Most notably, facility with Quality Assurance / Quality Control and Brewer are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 20 percent and 5 percent, respectively. Those listing Brewing and Cleaning as skills, on the other hand, should be prepared for drastically lower pay.

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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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Experience Affects Brewer Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 38%

Mid-Career
up arrow 32%

National Average
$32,000


Skills That Affect Brewer Salaries

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 20%

Brewer
up arrow 5%

National Average
$32,000

Cleaning
up arrow 14%

Brewing
up arrow 20%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 39 votes.

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
74%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
6%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 48%
dental benefits
Dental: 33%
medical benefits
Vision: 21%
dental benefits
None: 50%
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