$19,807
Avg. Salary
$9.95
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation:

$300

Bonus

$500

Profit Sharing

What am I worth?
How should I pay?

The average pay for a Barista is $9.95 per hour.

The average pay for a Barista is $19,807 per year.

10%
$8.07
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$9.95
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$12.87
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MEDIAN $9.95
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$8k
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$41k
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MEDIAN $19,807
$7,537 - $41,022
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$0$41K
Salary $7,537 - $41,022
Bonus $1.02 - $1,949
Profit Sharing $60.82 - $5,847
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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$17,218 - $29,046
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 17 Mar 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 177
Hourly Data $0$19
Hourly Rate $8.07 - $12.87
Hourly Tips $0.25 - $3.64
Overtime $7.17 - $19.43
Annual Data $0$29K
Bonus $1.02 - $1,949
Profit Sharing $60.82 - $5,847
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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$17,218 - $29,046
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 17 Mar 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 3,482

Job Description for Barista

Simply put, a barista is a man or woman who works in a coffee house or coffee shop. They're the person who takes customers’ orders, helps prepare coffee and related drinks, and serves them. Working as a barista requires customer service skills. Often, baristas will work in dedicated coffee houses and cafes. The barista must be well-versed in the different coffee offerings at the location he or she is employed in. This can include different types of coffee beans, as well as different roasting procedures. A good barista is expected to be able to describe the flavor profiles of these varieties to customers in a way that helps the patron to decide upon a coffee to purchase.

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Barista Tasks
  • Greet customers, take orders, accept payment, and answer questions.
  • Sample products and develop expertise to educate customers.
  • Clean and stock customer and kitchen areas.
  • Prepare drink and food orders according to organizational standards.

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Pay by Experience Level for Barista

Pay by Experience for a Barista has a positive trend. An entry-level Barista with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $21,000 based on 1,634 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Barista with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $24,000 based on 284 salaries. An experienced Barista which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $26,000 based on 103 salaries. A Barista with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $26,000 based on 8 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $21,702

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

Barista Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Barista?

Barista in Westminster:
"Barista Blues."
Pros: Meeting people and talking with them. Spending time with my coworkers. Drinking coffee. My manager is amazing and super flexible around everyone's individual schedules and work needs.
Cons: Long hours on your feet. My company has not increased our wages to be competitive with our growing population and the competitors in our field of work.

Barista in Fort Wayne:
"I like it."
Pros: Making smoothies, cutting fruits, peeling fruits, making juices, and working the cash register is really fun. I like working with my coworkers, and providing great customer service for the regulars. I like the flexibility. I like the mostly calm work environment. I like the perks.
Cons: I cut myself a lot peeling and slicing which hurts. I make minimum wage; and sometimes I don't like talking to others. I also want more hours. This last week, I had one shift of four hours, and my boss told me that business was slow, and she wanted me to go home after my second hour which meant I had worked two hours that week. Finally, sometimes too many people come in at once, and that is really stressful because my coworker does not even ask if I need help with making the numerous smoothies.

Barista in Portland:
In this industry, Learn every new skill you can.

Barista in Marietta:
"Great benefits, typical corporation."
Pros: Fast paced, makes the day go by really quickly. The benefits are stellar. The hours are pretty flexible. You can transfer to any store if you have to move. It's nice to get free coffee all day, pound of coffee or tea a week, and free food item during lunch. Usually the people hired are outgoing and fun so coworkers are typically easy to get along with.
Cons: The stress. A lot of hypocrisy. They want fast times but great customer interactions. I wish I had a chance to actually make relationships with the customers but I have to hurry and keep my times to ten seconds per person. It's not about the quality, but the quantity. We have standards for things like coupons or whatever but we hardly stick to them. We're told to stick to it, but then a customer comes in and yells enough and we give them a bunch of free stuff. It's exhausting because people take advantage of that a lot and they just come in and yell and get free stuff because of it. There's a lot of talk within the company, a lot of times they think what they are doing is really great but it's not what the employees need. We don't need free spotify, we need more pay. There's other things but those are the most important ones.

Barista in Philadelphia:
Pros: The people I work with and the ethical nature of starbucks.
Cons: The politics managing the store and district.

Barista in Geneva:
"Don't stay long if you don't have to!"
I wish I had started looking for other jobs as soon as I started in food service. It was just supposed to be for a few months! And then I got promoted, and then I had health benefits, and now leaving the job isn't just quitting, it's a full transition from one feild to another. It's a headache and I'd rather just be making more money in a field I actually want to work in.

Barista in Boston:
Pros: It's essentially getting paid to share your personal, signature product to the world.
Cons: Bad customers. People don't take coffee as seriously in USA as they do in other parts of the world and this leaves a gap of respect for the actual craftsmanship involved with coffee making. Both biased and subjective, it's fun but it is what you make it.

Key Stats for Barista

Gender

Female
68 %
Male
32 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 684 votes.
Less than 1 year
15%
1-4 years
68%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
6%
20 years or more
0%

Experience Affects Barista Salaries

Experienced
▲20%

Late-Career
▲18%

▲12%

National Average
$22,000

▼5%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 684 votes.

Gender

Female
68 %
Male
32 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
15%
1-4 years
68%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
6%
20 years or more
0%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 38%
dental benefits
Dental: 28%
vision benefits
Vision: 24%
no benefits
None: 60%