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How much does a Bartender make in Virginia?

Average Bartender Hourly Wage in Virginia

Bartenders earn a median hourly wage of $12.82. Hourly wages typically start from $8.07 and go up to $23.07.

Average Bartender Yearly Salary in Virginia

Bartenders earn a median salary of $26,670 per year. Salaries typically start from $16,780 and go up to $47,980.

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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.

How to Become a Bartender

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  2. Get the Education

    • Delaware Technical Community College-Terry | Dover, DE
      Offers: Associates
    • Delaware Technical Community College-Stanton/Wilmington | Wilmington, DE
      Offers: Certificate, Associates
    • Delaware State University | Dover, DE
      Offers: Bachelors
    • University of Delaware | Newark, DE
      Offers: Bachelors
    • Goldey-Beacom College | Wilmington, DE
      Offers: Certificate, Associates, Bachelors
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Bartender Earnings by Seniority

Top End Bartender Earnings

The highest earning Bartenders in Virginia earn:

$23.07
an hour
$47,980
per year
Senior Bartender Earnings

Senior Bartenders in Virginia earn:

$18.17
an hour
$37,800
per year
Experienced Bartender Earnings

Experienced Bartenders in Virginia earn:

$12.82
an hour
$26,670
per year
Junior Bartender Earnings

Junior Bartenders in Virginia earn:

$9.07
an hour
$18,860
per year
Starting Bartender Earnings

Starting Bartenders in Virginia earn:

$8.07
an hour
$16,780
per year

Approximate values based on highest and lowest earning segments.

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Bartender salary comparison

Bartenders earn less than 53% percent of Food & Drink careers in Virginia. Bartender salaries are in the bottom 95% of all careers in Virginia.

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Butcher Salary in Virginia $30k
Bartender Salary $28k
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Food Server Salary in Virginia $20k
Barista Salary in Virginia $18k

Historical salary for Bartenders in Virginia

Source: U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics

How to Become a Bartender

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

  1. Take the Sokanu Career Test

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

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  2. Get the Education

    • Delaware Technical Community College-Terry | Dover, DE
      Offers: Associates
    • Delaware Technical Community College-Stanton/Wilmington | Wilmington, DE
      Offers: Certificate, Associates
    • Delaware State University | Dover, DE
      Offers: Bachelors
    • University of Delaware | Newark, DE
      Offers: Bachelors
    • Goldey-Beacom College | Wilmington, DE
      Offers: Certificate, Associates, Bachelors
  3. Get Hired

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