Average Sommeliers in the United States make around $47K annually. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Although approximately one-half lack health benefits of any kind, close to one-half do enjoy medical insurance, and around one in three get dental coverage, too. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Sommeliers who answered the questionnnaire. Among folks in this role, job satisfaction levels approximately match the national average. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$25,434 - $63,187
(Median)
$25K
$47K
$63K
MEDIAN: $46,513
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$9.86 - $19.90
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MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$25,434 - $63,187  
   
Bonus
$-0.50 - $6,953  
Commission
$9,796  
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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$29,007 - $64,119  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 89
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$9.86 - $19.90  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.75 - $16.00  
Overtime
$22.50  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$-0.50 - $6,953  
   
Commission
$9,796  
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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$29,007 - $64,119  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | 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

  • 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.


Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $44K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $49K. Sommeliers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $48K. Seasoned veterans with 20 years under their belts enjoy a median income of $51K.

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%

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

Experienced
up arrow 4%

National Average
$46,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 5%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 10 votes.

Gender

Female
21 %
Male
79 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
32%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 51%
dental benefits
Dental: 34%
medical benefits
Vision: 27%
dental benefits
None: 48%
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