How Much Does A Bartender Make?

Bartenders work in establishments where alcohol is served. For patrons, bartenders dictate the mood of the bar or restaurant. Their earnings are a combination of wages and tips. The high turnover rate of this occupation ensures that there are new openings for new bartenders seeking to make an entrance into this occupation. The wages aren’t exactly high but experienced bartenders do get the chance to open their own establishments if they are enterprising enough.

Bartender Salary

Average Bartender Annual Salary

$25,580

The average annual salary for bartenders is $25,580 a year. Salaries start at $17,310 a year and go up to $40,230 a year.

Average Bartender Hourly Wage

$12.30

The average hourly wage for a bartender is $12.30. Hourly wages were between $8.32 and $19.34 an hour.

Stats were based out of 603,320 employed bartenders in the United States.

Does Your Pay Depend On Your Experience?

Executive Bartender

$40,230/year $19.34/hour

(Top 10% of Bartenders)


Senior Bartender

$28,780/year $13.84/hour

(Top 25% of Bartenders)


Mid Level Bartender

$20,800/year $10.00/hour

(Median)


Junior Bartender

$18,650/year $8.97/hour

(Bottom 25% of Bartenders)


Entry Level Bartender

$17,310/year $8.32/hour

(Bottom 10% of Bartenders)


Bartender Average Salary Comparison

Bartenders
$25k / year
$12 / hour
Waiters and Waitresses
$24k / year
$11 / hour
Food Servers, Nonrestaurant
$23k / year
$11 / hour
Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop
$21k / year
$10 / hour
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food
$20k / year
$9 / hour

Top 10 Highest Paying States For Bartenders

Top 10 Highest Paying Cities For Bartenders

Bartender Salary By State

Rank State Hourly Rate Annual Salary
#1 Hawaii $19.79 $41,160
#2 District of Columbia $16.74 $34,820
#3 California $15.52 $32,280
#4 Alaska $15.17 $31,560
#5 Washington $14.95 $31,100
#6 Vermont $14.88 $30,940
#7 Virginia $14.32 $29,790
#8 Massachusetts $14.24 $29,620
#9 Florida $14.10 $29,330
#10 New York $13.82 $28,740
#11 New Jersey $13.80 $28,710
#12 Nevada $13.43 $27,920
#13 Utah $13.09 $27,220
#14 Texas $12.88 $26,800
#15 Colorado $12.21 $25,400
#16 Oregon $12.16 $25,290
#17 Arizona $12.13 $25,240
#18 Virgin Islands $12.03 $25,020
#19 Maryland $11.95 $24,860
#20 Maine $11.74 $24,410
#21 Illinois $11.62 $24,160
#22 North Carolina $11.61 $24,160
#23 Connecticut $11.50 $23,930
#24 Rhode Island $11.46 $23,830
#25 New Mexico $11.35 $23,600
#26 Delaware $11.07 $23,040
#27 Oklahoma $10.79 $22,430
#28 New Hampshire $10.72 $22,300
#29 Michigan $10.72 $22,290
#30 Indiana $10.67 $22,200
#31 Wyoming $10.54 $21,910
#32 Minnesota $10.53 $21,900
#33 South Dakota $10.51 $21,860
#34 Alabama $10.46 $21,760
#35 Pennsylvania $10.40 $21,620
#36 Ohio $10.35 $21,520
#37 South Carolina $10.32 $21,460
#38 Nebraska $10.31 $21,440
#39 Idaho $10.28 $21,390
#40 Missouri $10.25 $21,320
#41 Tennessee $10.17 $21,160
#42 Arkansas $10.00 $20,800
#43 Montana $9.91 $20,600
#44 Wisconsin $9.90 $20,590
#45 Georgia $9.86 $20,500
#46 Kentucky $9.85 $20,480
#47 North Dakota $9.82 $20,430
#48 Iowa $9.60 $19,980
#49 West Virginia $9.60 $19,970
#50 Kansas $9.53 $19,830
#51 Louisiana $9.44 $19,640
#52 Mississippi $9.41 $19,570
#53 Guam $9.26 $19,270
#54 Puerto Rico $8.61 $17,910

Data provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

Career Spotlight: Bartender

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