Male Brewers number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $13.63 per hour in the United States. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Work is enjoyable for Brewers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. A little less than half enjoy medical while slightly less than a third get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to just under one-fifth. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$25,713 - $51,582
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MEDIAN: $35,294
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$10.03 - $18.56
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$25,713 - $51,582  
   
Bonus
$202.73 - $5,075  
Profit Sharing
$1,000  
Total Pay (?
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$22,875 - $45,862  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 173
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$10.03 - $18.56  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.20  
Overtime
$16.01 - $27.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$202.73 - $5,075  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,000  
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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$22,875 - $45,862  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 261
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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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Pay by Experience Level for Brewer

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


Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $31K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $39K. On average, Brewers make $46K following one to two decades on the job. Folks who claim more than 20 years of relevant experience actually report a comparatively lower median income of $45K.

Brewer Reviews

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
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Late-Career
up arrow 39%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$32,000


Skills That Affect Brewer Salaries

Brewer
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National Average
$32,000

Brewing
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Cleaning
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Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 17%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 47 votes.

Gender

Female
8 %
Male
92 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
76%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
6%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 46%
dental benefits
Dental: 31%
medical benefits
Vision: 18%
dental benefits
None: 54%
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