How Much Do Bartenders Make?

bartender job descriptionBartenders attend the bar of a restaurant, a club, a pub, or any establishment that serves alcoholic drinks and other beverages. It is their responsibility to serve customers whatever drink they wish – whether it is a draft beer, a cocktail, or a glass of carbonated drink.

About 611,200 individuals are employed as bartenders, with half of this number working part-time. The average annual salary for bartenders is $22,550 or an equivalent of $10.84 per hour, including tips.

No formal training is needed for one to get a job as a bartender as all it takes are good customer service skills and a comprehensive knowledge about beverages and recipes.

Bartender Salary

How much do bartenders make? A bartender’s starting salary depends greatly on a number of factors. One of these is the establishment or place of employment. Busy restaurants usually pay higher salaries and bartenders tend to enjoy higher amounts of tips. Upscale establishments such as fine dining restaurants and luxury hotel bars also pay higher and bartenders receive higher tips from customers.

bartender salaryA bartender’s salary is the addition of hourly wages and customer’s tips so it varies greatly from state to state, city to city, and type of establishment. Bartenders who work in the restaurant and food establishments made up 45% of the bartender population; 28% work in drinking establishments; 7% in civic and social organizations; 7% in traveler accommodation; and 6% in other amusement and recreational industries.

Discrepancies in annual salaries are also due to a state’s minimum wage – those who work in states with higher minimal wages usually earn more than others in the industry.

Top 5 Paying States

Flag
State
Employment per 1000 Jobs
Hourly mean wage
Annual mean wage
Hawaii Flag
Hawaii
6.46
$17.45
$36,290
Virginia Flag
Virginia
2.58
$14.52
$30,190
Washington Flag
Washington
4.81
$14.13
$29,390
Vermont Flag
Vermont
6.57
$13.84
$28,780
Massachusetts Flag
Massachusetts
5.57
$13.20
$27,460

Top Paying Industries

Industry
Percent of industry employment
Hourly mean wage
Annual mean wage
Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation
0.46
$13.55
$28,190
Traveler Accommodation
2.13
$13.44
$27,950
Beer, Wine, and Distilled Alcoholic Wholesalers
0.03
$13.33
$27,720
Grocery Stores
$13.06
$27,160
Travel Arrangement and Reservation Services
0.04
$12.71
$26,450

Bartender Job Description

what do bartenders doWhat do a bartenders do? A bartender’s basic job is to mix and serve drinks to customers. They work in restaurants, hotels, bars, clubs, and other food service establishments. Most of them work indoors but there are also those who work outdoors, at a hotel’s pool area, on the beach, or in a catered event.

Bartenders do more than just mix drinks – they have a number of responsibilities that go beyond the basic scope of a bartender’s job. The duties and responsibilities of a bartender include greeting customers and giving them menus, taking their drink orders, mixing their drinks, serving them at the bar or through a wait staff, cleaning the bar and his/her work area, collecting payments, making inventories of beverages and bar supplies, and making sure the bar is fully equipped to meet the needs of customers.

Bartenders also work with equipment such as an automatic machine that pours, and mixes drinks at the push of a button. Though they won’t be the doing the actual mixing with this equipment, they still have to serve the customer and be familiar with each and every ingredient.

Among the tools a bartender needs are carbonated drink dispensers, cocktail shakers, commercial strainers, ice shavers, blenders, and other accessories. It is also his/her job to keep stock and prepare garnishes for drinks, wash glassware, serve food for customers at the bar, and maintain the right amount of ice, glasses, and other essential bar supplies.

Other duties include making sure they serve alcohol to customers who are at the legal age of drinking in the state, and making sure no more alcoholic drinks are served to those who are already overly intoxicated. They’re often the first line of customer service so they must have a neat appearance and ]excellent communications skills. Those who work in upscale restaurants must wear uniforms, ties, or aprons that are provided by the employer.

Bartender Job Outlook

The projected increase in the percentage of jobs in the bartending industry is 2% from 2016 to 2026, or around 15,100 more jobs. As more and more people are earning a good living, their need to go out and have drinks with friends and colleagues is also on the rise. This leads to the establishment of more taverns, clubs, pubs, bars, and restaurants, and the demand for bartenders also rise.

However, moderate employment growth is seen due to the increasing popularity of take-out and self-service food establishments.

Those who have education from a bartending school, have the adequate experience, and excellent customer service skills are seen to have the best job prospects.

Bartender Salary by State

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State
Employment per 1000 Jobs
Hourly mean wage
Annual mean wage
Alabama Flag
Alabama
1.874
$9.58
$19,920
Alaska Flag
Alaska
5.164
$13.06
$27,170
Arizona Flag
Arizona
4.349
$10.50
$21,830
Arkansas Flag
Arkansas
1.635
$8.68
$18,060
California Flag
California
3.8
$11.89
$24,720
Colorado flag
Colorado
4.497
$11.59
$24,120
Connecticut Flag
Connecticut
4.396
$11.04
$22,960
Delaware flag
Delaware
3.231
$10.17
$21,150
Florida Flag
Florida
4.897
$12.20
$25,370
Georgia Flag
Georgia
2.515
$9.90
$20,580
Hawaii Flag
Hawaii
6.456
$17.45
$36,290
Idaho Flag
Idaho
4.462
$9.37
$19,480
Illinois Flag
Illinois
5.094
$10.35
$21,530
Indiana Flag
Indiana
4.256
$10.28
$21,370
Iowa Flag
Iowa
4.912
$8.86
$18,440
Kansas Flag
Kansas
3.606
$9.03
$18,790
Kentucky Flag
Kentucky
2.082
$9.53
$19,810
Louisiana Flag
Louisiana
4.467
$9.19
$19,120
Maine Flag
Maine
4.635
$10.48
$21,790
Maryland Flag
Maryland
3.744
$10.76
$22,380
Massachusetts Flag
Massachusetts
5.3
$12.28
$25,530
Michigan Flag
Michigan
4.33
$9.82
$20,430
Minnesota Flag
Minnesota
6.222
$9.16
$19,050
Mississippi Flag
Mississippi
2.2
$9.24
$19,210
Missouri Flag
Missouri
3.354
$9.43
$19,620
Montana Flag
Montana
10.853
$9.38
$19,510
Nebraska Flag
Nebraska
5.55
$8.85
$18,420
Nevada Flag
Nevada
11.83
$12.95
$26,930
New Hampshire Flag
New Hampshire
5.154
$10.00
$20,810
New Jersey Flag
New Jersey
4.019
$12.02
$25,000
New Mexico Flag
New Mexico
3.448
$10.37
$21,570
New York Flag
New York
4.739
$11.41
$23,740
North Carolina Flag
North Carolina
2.668
$10.55
$21,930
North Dakota Flag
North Dakota
8.01
$9.45
$19,660
Ohio Flag
Ohio
4.41
$9.63
$20,020
Oklahoma Flag
Oklahoma
3.012
$9.67
$20,110
Oregon Flag
Oregon
6.185
$10.32
$21,470
Pennsylvania Flag
Pennsylvania
5.521
$9.68
$20,140
Rhode Island Flag
Rhode Island
7.163
$11.01
$22,900
South Carolina Flag
South Carolina
3.557
$9.80
$20,390
South Dakota Flag
South Dakota
7.737
$9.19
$19,110
Tennessee Flag
Tennessee
2.345
$9.46
$19,690
Texas Flag
Texas
3.346
$10.83
$22,530
Utah Flag
Utah
2.098
$11.08
$23,050
Vermont Flag
Vermont
6.574
$13.84
$28,780
Virginia Flag
Virginia
2.585
$14.52
$30,190
Washington Flag
Washington
4.808
$14.13
$29,390
West Virginia Flag
West Virginia
3.466
$8.83
$18,370
Wisconsin Flag
Wisconsin
8.843
$9.48
$19,710
Wyomin Flag
Wyoming
7.919
$9.38
$19,510

Top paying metropolitan areas

Area
Employment per 1000 jobs
Hourly mean wage
Annual mean wage
Seattle / Bellevue / Everett, – WA – Metropolitan Division
4.32
$15.91
$33,100
Bremerton / Silverdale, – WA
5.70
$15.54
$32,310
Honolulu, HI
5.64
$15.40
$32,020
Blacksburg / Christiansburg / Radford, – VA
3.12
$15.07
$31,350
Burlington / South Burlington, – VT
4.24
$14.71
$30,600

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas

Area
Employment per 1000 jobs
Hourly mean wage
Annual mean wage
Hawaii – Maui – Kauai nonmetropolitan area
8.70
$21.09
$43,860
Nantucket Island / Martha’s Vineyard – nonmetropolitan area
12.25
$16.33
$33,970
Eastern Washington – nonmetropolitan area
4.48
$15.54
$32,320
Southern Vermont – nonmetropolitan area
8.50
$14.80
$30,790
Southside Virginia – nonmetropolitan area
$14.03
$29,180

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