Salary for Bartenders

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Also known as:  Barkeep, Bartender, Drink Mixer, Mixologist, Taproom Attendant helps find better paying jobs across all specialties and locations. Sign up in our career community today!

Bartenders serve customers directly at a bar, or provide alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverages for wait staff to deliver to patrons at tables. They are charged with the responsibility of checking customer identification to make sure legal age limits are being met before serving alcoholic beverages. They have an extensive working knowledge of beverage names, contents and mixing techniques in order to create a variety of flavored products to customer satisfaction. They balance cash receipts and maintain a clean and sanitary working area. They regularly stock beverage products, and have superior communication skills in order to work quickly and efficiently with wait staff and customers alike. A high school diploma is commonly required for employment in this professional post.

A Bartender will usually earn a compensation of around $17,940 and $47,690 depending on tenure and industry expertise. can get a compensation of twenty-eight thousand nine hundred and ten dollars on a yearly basis.

have the best average compensation in Hawaii, where they can get average job salaries of just about $60,380. Employees who work in this career are compensated highest in Transportation and Warehousing, where they can earn wages of $36,170.

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The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 67.69 percent nationwide in that time.


Bartenders tend to make the most in the following industries:

Transportation and Warehousing
Wholesale Trade
Health Care and Social Assistance
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services
Educational Services
Accommodation and Food Services

In general, they earn less within the industries below:

Other Services (except Public Administration)
Management of Companies and Enterprises
Public Administration
Retail Trade
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
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