Average Bartender Hourly Pay

$8.26
Avg. Hourly RateShow Salary
$978
Bonus
$26,491
Commission
$6,100
Profit Sharing
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The average hourly pay for a Bartender is $8.26.
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$3.76
MEDIAN
$8.26
90%
$14.71
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Hourly Rate
$4 - $15
Bonus
$78 - $20,373
Profit Sharing
$23 - $30,201
Commission
$1,208 - $59,598
Total Pay
$10,640 - $48,357
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What Do Bartenders Do?

Bartender Tasks
  • Make and serve drinks to guests and cocktail servers.
  • Complete all side work.
  • Ring guest checks, collect cash and process credits.
  • Complete liquor requisitions and supply lists.
  • Perform all guest contact activities in a cordial, efficient and professional manner.

Job Satisfaction for Bartender

3.7 out of 5
(452)
Highly Satisfied
46Reviews
The top respondents for the job title Bartender are from the companies Applebee's Neighborhood Grill and Bar, Marriott International, Inc. and Chili's Grill & Bar. Reported salaries are highest at Marriott International, Inc. where the average pay is $10.45. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Olive Garden Restaurants and The American Legion, earning around $8.95 and $8.24, respectively. Buffalo Wild Wings, Inc. pays the lowest at around $2.20. Chili's Grill & Bar and Red Lobster Seafood Restaurants also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $5.00 and $6.75, respectively.

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What is the Pay by Experience Level for Bartenders?

An entry-level Bartender with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $8.14 based on 114 salaries. An early career Bartender with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $8.26 based on 874 salaries. A mid-career Bartender with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $8.32 based on 550 salaries. An experienced Bartender with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $8.25 based on 548 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $9.
Employees with Bartender in their job title in San Francisco, California earn an average of 81.0% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Las Vegas, Nevada (27.1% more) and New York, New York (17.2% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Orlando, Florida (25.3% less) and Dallas, Texas (12.2% less).

Years of Experience

This data is based on 2,389 survey responses.
Entry Level
4.8%
Early Career
36.6%
Mid Career
23.0%
Experienced
22.9%
Late Career
12.7%