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How much does a Barista make in the United States?

Average Barista Hourly Wage in the United States

Baristas earn a median hourly wage of $9.01. Hourly wages typically start from $7.95 and go up to $12.25.

Average Barista Yearly Salary in the United States

Baristas earn a median salary of $18,740 per year. Salaries typically start from $16,530 and go up to $25,470.

These numbers may vary depending on several factors, like level of education, amount of experience, industry, company size and location.

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Barista Earnings by Seniority

Top End Barista Earnings

The highest earning Baristas in the United States earn:

$12.25
an hour
$25,470
per year
Senior Barista Earnings

Senior Baristas in the United States earn:

$10.18
an hour
$21,170
per year
Experienced Barista Earnings

Experienced Baristas in the United States earn:

$9.01
an hour
$18,740
per year
Junior Barista Earnings

Junior Baristas in the United States earn:

$8.40
an hour
$17,480
per year
Starting Barista Earnings

Starting Baristas in the United States earn:

$7.95
an hour
$16,530
per year

Approximate values based on highest and lowest earning segments.

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Barista salary comparison

Baristas earn less than 94% percent of Food & Drink careers. Barista salaries are in the bottom 97% of all careers in the United States.

Food Science Technologist Salary $61k
Restaurant Manager Salary $48k
Caterer Salary $48k
Food Safety And Quality Technician Salary $44k
Culinary Chef Salary $42k
Brewmaster Salary $38k
Butcher Salary $28k
Food Batchmaker Salary $26k
Baker Salary $23k
Personal Chef Salary $23k
Pastry Chef Salary $23k
Restaurant Cook Salary $22k
Food Preparation Worker Salary $19k
Bartender Salary $19k
Barista Salary $18k
Food Server Salary $18k

Historical salary for Baristas in the United States

Barista salary by state

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State Hourly Wage Annual Salary Rank
Barista Salary in District of Columbia $10.55 $21,950 # 1
Barista Salary in Nevada $10.86 $22,600 # 2
Barista Salary in Hawaii $10.28 $21,370 # 3
Barista Salary in Washington $9.96 $20,710 # 4
Barista Salary in California $9.77 $20,320 # 5
Barista Salary in Vermont $9.49 $19,740 # 6
Barista Salary in North Dakota $10.43 $21,690 # 7
Barista Salary in Alaska $9.55 $19,860 # 8
Barista Salary in Oregon $9.49 $19,740 # 9
Barista Salary in New York $9.18 $19,090 # 10
Barista Salary in Maryland $9.19 $19,120 # 11
Barista Salary in Colorado $9.27 $19,290 # 12
Barista Salary in New Hampshire $9.07 $18,870 # 13
Barista Salary in Arizona $9.08 $18,900 # 14
Barista Salary in Delaware $9.08 $18,900 # 15
Barista Salary in Connecticut $9.21 $19,150 # 16
Barista Salary in Rhode Island $8.97 $18,650 # 17
Barista Salary in Wyoming $8.89 $18,490 # 18
Barista Salary in Massachusetts $9.06 $18,850 # 19
Barista Salary in Illinois $9.03 $18,780 # 20
Barista Salary in New Jersey $8.98 $18,670 # 21
Barista Salary in Utah $8.81 $18,330 # 22
Barista Salary in Ohio $8.87 $18,440 # 23
Barista Salary in Michigan $8.86 $18,440 # 24
Barista Salary in Iowa $8.84 $18,390 # 25
Barista Salary in Florida $8.84 $18,390 # 26
Barista Salary in Montana $8.81 $18,320 # 27
Barista Salary in Missouri $8.75 $18,200 # 28
Barista Salary in Pennsylvania $8.72 $18,140 # 29
Barista Salary in Wisconsin $8.76 $18,230 # 30
Barista Salary in Kansas $8.73 $18,160 # 31
Barista Salary in Virginia $8.70 $18,090 # 32
Barista Salary in South Dakota $8.82 $18,340 # 33
Barista Salary in Minnesota $8.70 $18,100 # 34
Barista Salary in Nebraska $8.69 $18,080 # 35
Barista Salary in Texas $8.66 $18,020 # 36
Barista Salary in Idaho $8.66 $18,020 # 37
Barista Salary in Maine $8.70 $18,100 # 38
Barista Salary in Alabama $8.60 $17,890 # 39
Barista Salary in Indiana $8.63 $17,960 # 40
Barista Salary in Tennessee $8.58 $17,850 # 41
Barista Salary in Georgia $8.57 $17,820 # 42
Barista Salary in North Carolina $8.62 $17,930 # 43
Barista Salary in Kentucky $8.65 $17,980 # 44
Barista Salary in New Mexico $8.64 $17,970 # 45
Barista Salary in South Carolina $8.63 $17,950 # 46
Barista Salary in Mississippi $8.57 $17,820 # 47
Barista Salary in Louisiana $8.55 $17,780 # 48
Barista Salary in Oklahoma $8.54 $17,760 # 49
Barista Salary in Arkansas $8.54 $17,770 # 50
Barista Salary in West Virginia $8.50 $17,680 # 51
Source: U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics

How to Become a Barista

Interested in becoming a barista? Here are your next steps.

  1. Take the Sokanu Career Test

    Would you make a good barista? Sokanu's free assessment reveals how compatible you are with a career across 5 dimensions!

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  2. Get the Education

    An english literature degree is preferred.

  3. Get Hired

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    Would you like to post jobs on this career? Find the best candidates using Sokanu's new psychometric job platform. Visit employers.sokanu.com today.