Sommelier Salary

An average Sommelier in the United States can expect to take home roughly $46K annually. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most Sommeliers report high levels of job satisfaction. Male Sommeliers far outnumber their female contemporaries among those who completed the questionnaire. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, nearly two in five are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by the larger part and dental insurance is reported by roughly two in five. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$26,074 - $66,056
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$26K
$46K
$66K
MEDIAN: $46,138
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$7.43 - $18.38
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$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.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Sommeliers — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $47K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $44K. Sommeliers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $51K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't higher than less experienced individuals' earnings.

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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