The average hourly pay for a Bartender is $8.26.
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What Do Bartenders Do?
Bartenders are expected to be guest-oriented and to provide friendly, attentive and quality service to the patrons of the establishment in which they work. Bartenders generally have good people skills the ability to multitask and prioritize. They can work in many different kinds of locations, from bars and nightclubs to hotels and restaurants to private events such as weddings. Wherever they work, bartenders take orders from guests or the waitstaff, prepare and serve the drinks. The drinks they…Read more
- 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
Popular Employer Salaries for Bartender
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.
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.
Pay Difference by Location
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.