How much does a Bartender make in Washington?

Average Bartender Yearly Salary in Washington

Bartenders earn an average yearly salary of $34,862. Salaries typically start from $22,888 and go up to $54,532.

Average Bartender Hourly Wage in Washington

Bartenders earn an average hourly wage of $16.76. Hourly wages typically start from $11.00 and go up to $26.22.

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

52%
Full-Time
48%
Part-Time

Source: Sokanu user data. View more Bartender demographics

Salary Satisfaction

3.1
SCORE
3122
RATINGS
Bartenders average a score of 3.1 out of 5 on our salary satisfaction scale. This places Bartenders in the 59th percentile of salary satisfaction.

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Bartender Earnings by Seniority

Top End Bartender Earnings

The highest earning Bartenders in Washington earn:

$26.22
an hour
$54,532.5
per year
Senior Bartender Earnings

Senior Bartenders in Washington earn:

$19.48
an hour
$40,526.4
per year
Experienced Bartender Earnings

Experienced Bartenders in Washington earn:

$14.42
an hour
$30,002.9
per year
Junior Bartender Earnings

Junior Bartenders in Washington earn:

$12.07
an hour
$25,108.6
per year
Starting Bartender Earnings

Starting Bartenders in Washington earn:

$11.00
an hour
$22,888.1
per year

Approximate values based on highest and lowest earning segments.

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Bartender Salary Comparison

Bartenders earn more than 53% percent of similar careers in Washington.

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Source: Sokanu (Aggregated)