Sommelier Salary

The average Sommelier in the United States earns approximately $46K per year. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Men account for the majority of Sommeliers who responded to the questionnaire — 80 percent to be exact. Most Sommeliers report high levels of job satisfaction. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and nearly two in five lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by more than half and dental coverage is claimed by about two in five. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$26,074 - $66,056
(Median)
$26K
$46K
$66K
MEDIAN: $46,138
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$7.43 - $18.38
(Median)
$7
$12
$18
MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$26,074 - $66,056  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,729  
Commission
$9,578  
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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$26,223 - $66,987  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 109
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$7.43 - $18.38  
   
Hourly Tips
$4.44 - $17.61  
Overtime
$3.40 - $44.04  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,729  
   
Commission
$9,578  
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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$26,223 - $66,987  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 38
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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

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

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Pay by Experience Level for Sommelier

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


For Sommeliers, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $44K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $47K. Sommeliers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $51K. Sommeliers who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are no higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years.

Sommelier Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

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.

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Experience Affects Sommelier Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 11%

Experienced
up arrow 10%

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

National Average
$46,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 6%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 13 votes.

Gender

Female
20 %
Male
80 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 58%
dental benefits
Dental: 39%
medical benefits
Vision: 27%
dental benefits
None: 40%
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