Sommelier Salary

Sommeliers in the United States take home approximately $47K per year on average. Geographic location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of individuals in this role claim moderate levels of job satisfaction. More than half of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, more than two-fifths report medical coverage and about a third claim dental coverage as well. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$31,751 - $69,531
$32K
$47K
$70K
MEDIAN: $47,020
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$8.86 - $20.05
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MEDIAN: $15.09
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$31,751 - $69,531  
   
Bonus
$-0.50 - $11,745  
Commission
$8,083  
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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$29,158 - $65,942  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 80
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$8.86 - $20.05  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.35 - $16.00  
Overtime
$25.25  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$-0.50 - $11,745  
   
Commission
$8,083  
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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$29,158 - $65,942  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 27

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Job Description for Sommelier

A sommelier, or wine steward, is much more than just a waiter who serve or suggests wines. The sommelier has received specific, intensive training in all aspects of wines. They commonly work in upscale restaurants, hotels, and other retail locations where unique, expensive wines are sold. Some also serve as wine consultants, advising businesses, groups, and individuals about what wines to buy for special occasions and other events, where an impressive wine is desired. Some also go on to open their own wine-based specialty shops, usually located in upscale shopping areas.

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Sommelier Tasks

  • Select and purchase wines within budget parameters.
  • Help guest select wines.
  • Develop strategies and train employees in order to increase wine sales.
  • Maintain and update wine costs an inventory lists.

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Pay by Experience Level for Sommelier

Pay by Experience for a Sommelier has a positive trend. An entry-level Sommelier with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $43,000 based on 61 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Sommelier with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $50,000 based on 41 salaries. An experienced Sommelier which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $49,000 based on 22 salaries. A Sommelier with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $50,000 based on 11 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $46,654

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

San Francisco is home to an above-average pay rate for Sommeliers, 41 percent higher than the national average. Sommeliers will also find cushy salaries in Chicago (+16 percent) and New York (+12 percent).

Sommelier Advice

Q: What is it like working as a Sommelier?

Sommelier in Ferndale:
"The level of involvement."
Taste everything.

Sommelier in San Diego:
Study, read, look at maps, join a tasting group, make flashcards, draw maps, ask questions, know that everyone who is of a higher certification level was at your level in the past. They (we) are willing to help. Paying it forward is important as a Sommelier.

Key Stats for Sommelier

Gender

Female
31 %
Male
69 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 11 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
33%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
10%
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Experience Affects Sommelier Salaries

Late-Career
▲8%

Mid-Career
▲7%

Experienced
▲4%

National Average
$47,000

Entry-Level
▼7%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 11 votes.

Gender

Female
31 %
Male
69 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
33%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 44%
dental benefits
Dental: 34%
vision benefits
Vision: 27%
no benefits
None: 55%