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Bartender Salary

How Much Does a Bartender Make in the United States?

The average base salary for a Bartender in the United States is a month or $34,490 per year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

Average Bartender Base Salary:

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$16.58
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The average wage for a Bartender is per hour, before tips.

Tips form a significant part of a Bartender’s overall earnings.

Typically, customers tip between 15% and 20% of the total bill. An alternative approach is tipping per drink, with a standard of $1 for simple drinks like beer and $2–$4 for mixed drinks or cocktails.

Understanding these practices is essential for maximizing your earnings as a Bartender.

Annual Mean Wage of Bartenders by State

[The latest data collected from BLS and the labor/employment departments of the respective states]

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Bartender Salary in Major US Cities

Miami

Annual mean wage

$33,310

# of employees

43,230

Projected growth

39.60%

New York City

Annual mean wage

$61,360

# of employees

31,220

Projected growth

58.90%

Chicago

Annual mean wage

$33,870

# of employees

29,300

Projected growth

40.70%

Los Angeles

Annual mean wage

$41,110

# of employees

57,480

Projected growth

63.40%

[Sources: BLS; New York State Department of Labor; Illinois Department of Employment Security; California Employment Development Department]

 

High-Paying Cities for Bartenders

CityAvg SalaryAvg Hourly Wage
Los Angeles, CA41,11019.76
Miami, FL33,31016.01
NYC, NY61,36029.50
Chicago, IL33,87016.28

Average Bartender Salary by State

Explore the average Bartender salary by state.

StateAvg. Salary
Alabama$25,394
Alaska$34,049
Arizona$51,400
Arkansas$33,664
California$39,394
Colorado$39,190
Connecticut$50,107
Delaware$33,355
Florida$34,350
Georgia$29,660
Hawaii$42,570
Idaho$24,570
Illinois$33,400
Indiana$26,890
Iowa$24,520
Kansas$30,520
Kentucky$30,850
Louisiana$22,709
Maine$42,320
Maryland$36,980
Massachusetts$37,980
Michigan$33,720
Minnesota$27,650
Mississippi$28,270
Missouri$32,830
Montana$24,210
Nebraska$29,840
Nevada$28,000
New Hampshire$37,398
New Jersey$52,558
New Mexico$32,430
New York$54,246
North Carolina$32,150
North Dakota$32,150
Ohio$30,890
Oklahoma$25,060
Oregon$35,630
Pennsylvania$26,310
Rhode Island$34,220
South Carolina$24,630
South Dakota$27,510
Tennessee$28,800
Texas$34,640
Utah$36,300
Vermont$43,110
Virginia$41,090
Washington$48,600
West Virginia$31,873
Wisconsin$28,260
Wyoming$28,124
District of Columbia$50,690

How Much Do Similar Careers to Bartenders Get Paid?

Bartenders earn about the same as those in similar careers and job positions in the United States.

On average, Bartenders make more than Waiters/Waitresses and Barbacks, but less than Sommeliers.

Job TitleAverage Salary
Waiter/Waitress
Barback
Sommelier

Labor Laws and Taxes for Bartenders

As a Bartender, you need to be aware of the minimum wage, tipped wage credit, overtime pay and leave 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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