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Top 10 Barback Jobs – July 2024 Job Listings

We’ve handpicked the top 10 Barback jobs in the United States — complete with salaries, requirements and benefits — in preparation for the OysterLink Jobs platform’s launch in December 2024.

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Best Barback Jobs in the US (Hiring Now!)

The United States is home to a thriving hospitality industry, offering many cities and resort destinations where Barbacks can find ample opportunities.

Explore the latest 10 high-paying Barback jobs across the U.S. While some of these require a few years of professional experience, others welcome applicants with no previous work history.

1. Soho House & Co | $19.38 per hour

soho house logo

[Source: Soho House & Co]

  • Position: Barback – Soho House West Hollywood
  • Location: West Hollywood, CA
  • About: Soho House & Co is a group of hotels and exclusive members’ clubs with over 75 locations around the world.
  • Requirements: At least one year of experience in food and beverage (F&B) operations
  • Salary: $40,310.4 base plus tips per year
  • Job type: Full-time
  • Benefits: Free meals, 401(k)/retirement plan, training and development opportunities, medical, dental and vision insurance
  • Where to apply: Visit Soho House & Co’s career page

2. Levy Restaurants | $22.85 per hour

Levy Restaurants logo

[Source: Levy Restaurants]

  • Position: Barback – Lumen Field
  • Location: Seattle, WA
  • About: Levy Restaurants provides F&B services to multiple sports and entertainment venues across the U.S. — including Seattle’s Lumen Field.
  • Requirements: Able to lift up to 50 pounds
  • Salary: $35,646 base plus tips per year
  • Job type: Part-time
  • Benefits: Free meals and parking, employee discounts, health and wellness program
  • Where to apply: Visit Levy Restaurants’ career page

3. Puttshack | $15–$20 per hour

Puttshack logo

[Source: Puttshack]

  • Position: Barback
  • Location: Dallas, TX
  • About: Puttshack offers an upscale, modernized way to enjoy mini golf. Its facilities utilize ball-tracking technology to make an automated scoring system, while also providing F&B services in a neon-lit setting.
  • Requirements: Able to lift up to 50 pounds
  • Salary: $31,200–$41,600 base plus tips per year
  • Job type: Full-time
  • Benefits: Free mini golf, employee discounts, paid time off, paid parental leave, 401(k)/retirement plan
  • Where to apply: Visit Puttshack’s career page

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4. Restaurant Associates | $20.25 per hour

Restaurant Associates logo

[Source: Restaurant Associates]

  • Position: Barback
  • Location: Washington, D.C.
  • About: Restaurant Associates is a hospitality company that provides F&B services across various settings like opera houses, museums, airport lounges and corporate offices.
  • Requirements: Previous experience in F&B is preferred
  • Salary: $42,120 base plus tips per year
  • Job type: Full-time, part-time
  • Benefits: Choice auto and home program, commuter benefits, health, critical illness and accident insurance
  • Where to apply: Visit Restaurant Associates’ career page

5. Flik Hospitality Group | $20 per hour

flik hospitality group logo

[Source: Flik Hospitality Group]

  • Position: Barback (Full-Time)
  • Location: Denver, CO
  • About: Flik Hospitality Group delivers hospitality and corporate dining services to various clients from over 800 locations. It operates as a division of Compass Group North America.
  • Requirements: No experience necessary
  • Salary: $41,600 base plus tips per year
  • Job type: Full-time
  • Benefits: Health, accident and disability insurance, employee discounts, flexible spending account, commuter benefits
  • Where to apply: Visit Compass Group’s career page

6. Grand Hyatt | $20.45–$24.06 per hour

Grand Hyatt logo

[Source: Grand Hyatt]

  • Position: Bar Porter (Barback)
  • Location: Koloa, HI
  • About: Grand Hyatt is a division of Hyatt Hotels Corporation. Among its locations is the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa in Hawaii.
  • Requirements: Able to lift, push and pull moderate to heavy loads
  • Salary: $31,902–$37,533.6 base plus tips per year
  • Job type: Part-time
  • Benefits: Free room nights, employee discounts, adoption assistance, paid time off
  • Where to apply: Visit Hyatt Hotels Corporation’s career page

7. Bon Appétit Management Company | $21.95–$24.43 per hour

Bon Appetit Management Company logo

[Source: Bon Appétit Management Company]

  • Position: Barback
  • Location: San Francisco, CA
  • About: A subsidiary of Compass Group, the California-based Bon Appétit Management Company provides full food service management to sports venues, corporations, universities and more.
  • Requirements: No experience necessary
  • Salary: $34,242–$38,110.8 base plus tips per year
  • Job type: Part-time
  • Benefits: 401(k)/retirement plan, flexible spending account, commuter benefits, employee assistance program
  • Where to apply: Visit Compass Group’s career page

8. Clever Koi | $20–$28 per hour

Clever Koi logo[Source: Clever Koi]

  • Position: Barback
  • Location: Gilbert, AZ
  • About: Clever Koi is an Asian-inspired eatery and craft cocktail bar. It currently has two Arizona locations, one of which is in Historic Downtown Gilbert.
  • Requirements: Food handlers card/license; able to lift up to 50 pounds
  • Salary: $31,200–$43,680 base plus tips per year
  • Job type: Part-time
  • Benefits: Employee discounts, paid training, flexible schedule
  • Where to apply: Visit Clever Koi’s career page

9. Delaware North | $19.13 per hour

delaware north's logo

[Source: Delaware North]

  • Position: Barback, Guaranteed Rate Field
  • Location: Chicago, IL
  • About: Delaware North is a hospitality company that specializes in concessions, premium dining, catering and retail services to sporting and entertainment venues.
  • Requirements: Able to lift up to 165 pounds; physically fit to work outdoors and under extremely varying temperatures
  • Salary: $29,842.8 base plus tips per year
  • Job type: Part-time
  • Benefits: Employee assistance program, weekly pay, training and development opportunities, employee discounts
  • Where to apply: Visit Delaware North’s career page

10. Treasure Island Resort & Casino | $16 per hour

Treasure Island Resort & Casino logo

[Source: Treasure Island Resort & Casino]

  • Position: Barback
  • Location: Welch, MN
  • About: Located 40 miles from the Twin Cities, Treasure Island Resort & Casino is owned and operated by the Prairie Island Indian Community. Its property boasts 15 restaurants and bars and over 780 hotel rooms.
  • Requirements: No experience necessary
  • Salary: $24,960 base plus tips per year
  • Job type: Full-time
  • Benefits: Free on-site clinic, 401(k)/retirement plan, medical insurance, fuel discounts
  • Where to apply: Visit Treasure Island Resort & Casino’s career page

How Much Do Barbacks Make in the US?

The average salary for Barbacks in the U.S. is $31,688 base plus tips per year, according to the most recent data averaged from Talent.com, Glassdoor and ZipRecruiter.

Explore the map below for annual Barback salaries across the U.S.

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

This map is interactive. Hover your mouse over different parts of the map to see detailed data. 

Barback Hourly Wage

Barbacks typically earn hourly wages rather than an annual salary. That said, the average wage for a Barback is $15.23 base plus tips per hour.

While Barbacks are considered tipped employees, it’s rare for them to directly receive tips due to their more behind-the-scenes role. Instead, they would get a share from the more customer-facing employees — usually the Bartender — through a tip-out (or tip-sharing) arrangement.

It’s also important to note that some Barback jobs are part-time, which can affect their yearly income.

However, there is currently no definite number of working hours to differentiate part-time workers from full-time workers. While the Bureau of Labor Statistics defines part-time workers as those who “work less than 35 hours a week,” this is not a legal definition and is solely for statistical purposes.

Barback wages also differ in the four major U.S. cities, with New York City being the highest-paying ($15.37 per hour) and Chicago being the lowest-paying city ($13.11 per hour).

Miami

Average Hourly Wage

$13.70 + tips

New York City

Average Hourly Wage

$15.37 + tips

Chicago

Average Hourly Wage

$13.11 + tips

Los Angeles

Average Hourly Wage

$14.40 + tips

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

For a comprehensive overview of Barback salaries across the U.S. — including average annual salaries, state-specific figures and information for major cities — visit our Barback Salary page.

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Top Paying States/Districts for Barbacks

The average salaries for Barbacks can vary significantly from one state to another. Factors such as cost of living and local economic conditions all play a role in determining salary levels.

Here are five states or districts that pay Barbacks the most, according to the latest data averaged from Salary.com, Talent.com, Zippia, Glassdoor and ZipRecruiter.

How Much Do Barbacks Earn Compared to Other Entry-Level Front-of-House Roles?

The average Barback salary is higher than that of a Busser, Food Runner and Host/Hostess. However, it is lower compared to the average salary of a Server.

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

This bar graph is interactive. Hover your mouse over different parts of the graph to see detailed data. 

Where Do Most Barbacks Work?

Barbacks work in establishments where there is a Bartender, given that these two roles collaborate closely. Nonetheless, each setting offers a unique ambiance, pacing style and clientele.

Nightclubs and music venues offer the liveliest yet fastest-paced environment for Barbacks. Here, they must keep up with the constant flow of patrons. This means efficiently assisting the Bartender in preparing orders and knowing how to communicate amidst the loud music and flashing lights.

In contrast, bars and pubs generally have a more varied pacing. While some shifts can feel as hectic as working in a nightclub, there are also hours when Barbacks could work at a relatively laid-back pace.

However, since customers here are often regulars and/or locals, it would be good for a Barback to be proactive and interact with them, as part of helping out the Bartender.

types of drinking establishments - barbacks

Similarly, the pace in restaurants with a bar also depends on a Barback’s shift schedule. Here, they help the Bartender serve a wider range of customers, from parents with young children to couples and friend groups.

Barbacks would then need to prepare and maintain ingredients for various drinks ranging from kid-friendly mocktails to beer and liquor.

Tasting rooms in wineries or breweries provide a quieter environment, especially during the off-season. Barbacks here assist in serving a more upscale clientele, though typically in smaller quantities as seats are limited.

Also, since most wineries are only open until late afternoon, Barbacks would not need to work as late as they would in other places.

Barbacks in hotels, private clubs and airport lounges also work in a high-end environment that they help maintain. As they cater mostly to discerning patrons, these settings are often where they can observe how Bartenders prepare craft cocktails and other drinks that require meticulous preparation.

Career Growth as a Barback: Pros & Cons

Before you apply for Barback jobs near you, it’s helpful to know this role’s advantages and challenges. Here’s a breakdown of the most common pros and cons.

Pros: 

  • No need for prior work experience: Since it’s an entry-level role, most establishments accept Barback applicants without any previous experience in the hospitality industry.
  • Dynamic work environment: As a Barback, each day presents various tasks and learning opportunities, from monitoring and restocking supplies to assisting Bartenders and encountering different types of guests.
  • Invaluable learnings as a beginner: Barbacks are often considered the backbone of the bar, as they are crucial in ensuring smooth operations. Their multitasking role allows them to see the bigger picture, compared to Bartenders who must prioritize the customers and making drinks.
  • Behind-the-scenes work: Unlike Bartenders, Barbacks generally don’t interact with patrons as often in order to focus on other tasks. This can be an advantage for beginners who would rather work behind the scenes first before taking on a more customer-facing role.
  • Networking and mentorship opportunities: Working in a bar fosters a naturally collaborative environment; staff members need to work together closely to accomplish their respective tasks. This allows Barbacks to build professional connections and learn from experienced Bartenders who could be their mentors.

Cons:

  • Lower pay: Most Barbacks are only starting out in the industry, so their wages tend to be lower than Bartenders’. Barbacks also rarely receive tips directly from guests and they might have limited benefits especially if they’re part-time employees.
  • Irregular and late hours: Given the nature of the job and the duties they need to perform from opening to closing, Barbacks’ shifts often include late nights, weekends and holidays as these are the peak times in most establishments.
  • Physically demanding tasks: Barback jobs require one to have a lot of strength and stamina. From lifting heavy crates and kegs to stooping frequently and standing for long periods, Barbacks need to take the necessary precautions to prevent fatigue or injury.
  • Working in crowded spaces: Barbacks must know how to work efficiently in confined areas like the back bar. They might also need to navigate crowded dining areas and dance floors to get items from the supply room or loading dock.
  • Minimal recognition: Working as a Barback could sometimes feel like a thankless job, given their behind-the-scenes role.

Barback Job Pros & Cons

Barback Jobs FAQ

In the U.S., the minimum age requirement for Barbacks is typically 18 years old. This is the common minimum age to serve alcohol — but not necessarily to bartend — in most states.

That said, it’s best to check the Alcohol Policy Information System for a comprehensive list of age requirements before applying for Barback jobs in your city.

The primary responsibilities of a Barback are:

  • Ensuring the bar station is stocked with liquors, beers, garnishes, ice cubes and other necessary ingredients
  • Restocking napkins, coasters, straws and other supplies
  • Cleaning and storing glasses, stirrers, shakers and other bartending tools
  • Wiping and sanitizing tables, counters and other surfaces of the bar
  • Assisting with customers’ inquiries and orders, especially when the Bartender is busy with other tasks

Most Barback jobs typically don’t require previous industry experience, although this could be a plus. On the other hand, these are the common skills required for Barback positions:

  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to multitask
  • Communication and interpersonal skills
  • Proper cleaning and sanitation methods
  • Basic knowledge of inventory management
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