Entry-Level Barista Salary

Entry-Level Baristas can expect to earn an average of $9.62 per hour. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer. Work is enjoyable for Entry-Level Baristas, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Women make up the majority of Entry-Level Baristas (68 percent) who completed the questionnaire. Although over a third have medical coverage and approximately one-fourth have dental coverage, a majority claim no health benefits at all. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$12,148 - $35,956
$12K
$21K
$36K
MEDIAN: $20,916
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$8.04 - $12.09
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MEDIAN: $9.76
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$0$35K
Salary $12,148 - $35,956
Bonus $0.21 - $587
Profit Sharing $550
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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$17,255 - $27,837
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 19 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 63
Hourly Data $0$17
Hourly Rate $8.04 - $12.09
Hourly Tips $0.19 - $3.27
Overtime $5.46 - $17.67
Annual Data $0$27K
Bonus $0.21 - $587
Profit Sharing $550
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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$17,255 - $27,837
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 19 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,638

Barista Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Barista


Dominating the field, Starbucks Corporation, Target Corporation, Barnes & Noble, Inc., Peet's Coffee, and Caribou Coffee Company, Inc. are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of Entry-Level Baristas. Entry-Level Baristas in search of the best pay head to Peet's Coffee, where the median salary rolls in at $23K. Although pay is top-notch overall, it does seem to be curbed at $33K, which isn't dramatically higher than the lower-end figure of $20K. The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf, Target Corporation, and HMSHost Corporation also offer top salaries for Entry-Level Baristas. Workers at these firms can expect to earn about $23K, $22K, and $21K, respectively.

Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Sodexo, Inc. at $17K, and Barnes & Noble, Inc. where $18K is the norm, but it is worth noting that some Entry-Level Baristas there earn up to $27K.

Barista Advice

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

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

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.

Key Stats for Barista

Gender

Female
66 %
Male
34 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 296 votes.
Less than 1 year
16%
1-4 years
78%
5-9 years
6%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 296 votes.

Gender

Female
66 %
Male
34 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 38%
dental benefits
Dental: 27%
vision benefits
Vision: 22%
no benefits
None: 61%