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Barback Salary

How Much Does a Barback Make in the United States?

The average base salary for a Barback in the United States is a month or $31,688 per year, according to the most recent data averaged from Glassdoor, ZipRecruiter and Talent.com.

Average Barback Base Salary:

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The average wage for a Barback is per hour.

Barbacks don’t usually receive tips directly from guests. Instead, they often get a share of the tips earned by the Bartenders they assist.

This arrangement is commonly referred to as a “tip-out” system, where a percentage of the Bartender’s tips is allocated to the Barback for their support and contributions to the smooth operation of the bar.

Annual Mean Wage of Barbacks by State

[Calculated using Glassdoor, ZipRecruiter, Salary.com, Talent.com and Zippia data]

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Barback Salary in Major US Cities

[Calculated using ZipRecruiter, Salary.com, Glassdoor and Talent.com data]

High-Paying Cities for Barbacks

CityAvg SalaryAvg Hourly Wage
Chicago, IL27,27613.11
Los Angeles, CA29,95414.40
Miami, FL28,50613.70
NYC, NY31,97615.37

Average Barback Salary by State

Explore the average Barback salary by state.

StateAvg. Salary
Alabama$22,424
Alaska$26,707
Arizona$24,768
Arkansas$21,969
California$33,198
Colorado$28,159
Connecticut$31,371
Delaware$25,184
Florida$26,497
Georgia$26,004
Hawaii$32,097
Idaho$24,477
Illinois$27,269
Indiana$29,264
Iowa$28,836
Kansas$23,641
Kentucky$25,195
Louisiana$26,694
Maine$27,980
Maryland$28,579
Massachusetts$32,996
Michigan$25,796
Minnesota$27,004
Mississippi$22,633
Missouri$24,742
Montana$23,774
Nebraska$21,571
Nevada$24,388
New Hampshire$25,450
New Jersey$26,881
New Mexico$22,551
New York$30,421
North Carolina$23,915
North Dakota$27,488
Ohio$23,456
Oklahoma$24,356
Oregon$26,885
Pennsylvania$24,443
Rhode Island$28,181
South Carolina$25,204
South Dakota$23,086
Tennessee$24,187
Texas$25,635
Utah$23,753
Vermont$26,821
Virginia$24,702
Washington$29,328
West Virginia$21,902
Wisconsin$24,485
Wyoming$22,656
District of Columbia$30,595

How Much Do Similar Careers to a Barback Get Paid?

Barbacks in the U.S. earn more than Bussers, but less than Bartenders and Baristas.

Job TitleAverage Salary
Busser
Barista
Bartender

Labor Laws and Taxes for Barbacks

As a Barback, you need to be aware of the minimum wage, overtime pay, leave and tipping policies in your state.

Check out the guides below or view more labor laws:

To easily calculate federal, state and local taxes in your state, use our free Paycheck Calculator.

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