How much does a Bartender make in the United States?

Average Bartender Yearly Salary in the United States

Bartenders earn an average yearly salary of $25,632. Salaries typically start from $17,324 and go up to $40,317.

Average Bartender Hourly Wage in the United States

Bartenders earn an average hourly wage of $12.32. Hourly wages typically start from $8.33 and go up to $19.38.

Source: Sokanu (Aggregated)

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

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A bartender’s salary ranges widely. A significant portion of a bartender’s income is made up of tips. How much is based upon the type of bar, the location, and the time of year. Regardless of these circumstances, pretty much every bartender expects to take home a reasonable amount in tips each night. It is estimated that bartenders take home between $45,000 and $73,000/yr, thanks to their tips.

An average night of tipping can depend on the type of bar one works at, and the shift one ends up bartending. It is a general rule of thumb that a bartender should earn two to four times their hourly salary. Therefore, if your base salary is minimum wage of $10.00/hr, you should earn in tips about $20.00 to $40.00/hour. A bartender in an average bar can easily earn $20.00 to $40.00 per hour with both wages and tips.

In the type of atmosphere where drinks are cheap (and the customers are frugal with their tipping), a decent night might produce in the neighbourhood of $50 to $100 in tips. On the other hand, at a high end restaurant or a busy nightclub where drinks are pricier and the customers are freer with their tipping, a bartender might expect to bring home $200 up to $800 per night.

You shouldn’t expect to jump into the bartending game and start making the maximum possible income immediately, but if you do your job well you’ll always make good money no matter where you work.

Employment Type Mix

51%
Full-Time
49%
Part-Time

Source: Sokanu user data. View more Bartender demographics

Salary Satisfaction

3.1
SCORE
2885
RATINGS
Bartenders average a score of 3.1 out of 5 on our salary satisfaction scale. This places Bartenders in the 60th percentile of salary satisfaction.

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Bartender Earnings by Seniority

Top End Bartender Earnings

The highest earning Bartenders in the United States earn:

$19.38
an hour
$40,316.7
per year
Senior Bartender Earnings

Senior Bartenders in the United States earn:

$13.87
an hour
$28,854.5
per year
Experienced Bartender Earnings

Experienced Bartenders in the United States earn:

$10.03
an hour
$20,855.5
per year
Junior Bartender Earnings

Junior Bartenders in the United States earn:

$8.98
an hour
$18,682.6
per year
Starting Bartender Earnings

Starting Bartenders in the United States earn:

$8.33
an hour
$17,323.6
per year

Approximate values based on highest and lowest earning segments.

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Bartender Salary Comparison

Bartenders earn more than 36% percent of similar careers in the United States.

Caterer Salary $31k
Food Batchmaker Salary $30k
Dietetic Technician Salary $28k
Butcher Salary $26k
Pastry Chef Salary $26k
Bartender Salary $25k
Restaurant Cook Salary $25k
Food Server Salary $24k
Baker Salary $24k
Barista Salary $22k
Source: Sokanu (Aggregated)

Bartender salary by state

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State Hourly Wage Annual Salary Rank
Bartender Salary in Hawaii $19.79 $41,160 # 1
Bartender Salary in California $19.20 $39,939.3 # 2
Bartender Salary in Washington $16.76 $34,862.4 # 3
Bartender Salary in District of Columbia $16.74 $34,820 # 4
Bartender Salary in Massachusetts $16.15 $33,584.3 # 5
Bartender Salary in Florida $16.07 $33,415.8 # 6
Bartender Salary in New York $15.82 $32,915.5 # 7
Bartender Salary in New Jersey $15.33 $31,891.6 # 8
Bartender Salary in Virginia $15.25 $31,710.3 # 9
Bartender Salary in Alaska $15.17 $31,560 # 10
Bartender Salary in Illinois $15.04 $31,277.8 # 11
Bartender Salary in Vermont $14.88 $30,940 # 12
Bartender Salary in Nevada $14.58 $30,325.9 # 13
Bartender Salary in Colorado $14.34 $29,834.7 # 14
Bartender Salary in Maryland $13.94 $29,001.3 # 15
Bartender Salary in North Carolina $13.85 $28,817.5 # 16
Bartender Salary in Texas $13.79 $28,688.4 # 17
Bartender Salary in Pennsylvania $13.48 $28,042.7 # 18
Bartender Salary in Connecticut $13.42 $27,905.9 # 19
Bartender Salary in Oregon $13.21 $27,479.1 # 20
Bartender Salary in Utah $13.09 $27,220 # 21
Bartender Salary in Minnesota $12.60 $26,210.8 # 22
Bartender Salary in Arizona $12.56 $26,125.0 # 23
Bartender Salary in Tennessee $12.46 $25,925.9 # 24
Bartender Salary in Georgia $12.44 $25,869.0 # 25
Bartender Salary in Michigan $12.37 $25,723.2 # 26
Bartender Salary in Louisiana $12.33 $25,653.0 # 27
Bartender Salary in United States $12.32 $25,632.1 # 28
Bartender Salary in Missouri $12.24 $25,459.8 # 29
Bartender Salary in Ohio $12.21 $25,403.8 # 30
Bartender Salary in Virgin Islands $12.03 $25,020 # 31
Bartender Salary in Maine $11.74 $24,410 # 32
Bartender Salary in Rhode Island $11.46 $23,830 # 33
Bartender Salary in New Mexico $11.35 $23,600 # 34
Bartender Salary in Delaware $11.08 $23,040 # 35
Bartender Salary in Oklahoma $10.78 $22,430 # 36
Bartender Salary in New Hampshire $10.72 $22,300 # 37
Bartender Salary in Indiana $10.67 $22,200 # 38
Bartender Salary in Wyoming $10.53 $21,910 # 39
Bartender Salary in South Dakota $10.51 $21,860 # 40
Bartender Salary in Alabama $10.46 $21,760 # 41
Bartender Salary in South Carolina $10.32 $21,460 # 42
Bartender Salary in Nebraska $10.31 $21,440 # 43
Bartender Salary in Idaho $10.28 $21,390 # 44
Bartender Salary in Arkansas $10.00 $20,800 # 45
Bartender Salary in Montana $9.90 $20,600 # 46
Bartender Salary in Wisconsin $9.90 $20,590.0 # 47
Bartender Salary in Kentucky $9.85 $20,480 # 48
Bartender Salary in North Dakota $9.82 $20,430 # 49
Bartender Salary in Iowa $9.61 $19,980 # 50
Bartender Salary in West Virginia $9.60 $19,970 # 51
Bartender Salary in Kansas $9.53 $19,830 # 52
Bartender Salary in Mississippi $9.41 $19,570 # 53
Bartender Salary in Guam $9.26 $19,270 # 54
Bartender Salary in Puerto Rico $8.61 $17,910 # 55