Salary for Bartenders

Also known as:  Barkeep, Bartender, Drink Mixer, Mixologist, Taproom Attendant

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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 can expect a wage between 16000 - 24000 based on experience and education levels. Bartenders earn a salary of Twenty One Thousand Four Hundred dollars each year.

Bartenders are compensated the highest in Hawaii, where they receive pay levels, on average, of approximately $28780. People who work inside these careers can get the best compensation in Real Estate and Rental and Leasing, where they can receive an average pay rate of $25590.

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HOURLY RATE
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SALARY TREND
The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 23.61 percent nationwide in that time.
INDUSTRIES
Bartenders tend to make the most in the following industries
Educational Services $25,590
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing $23,200
Transportation and Warehousing $23,200
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services $22,850
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation $21,650
Accommodation and Food Services $21,520
In general, they earn less within the industries below
Information $18,120
Construction $18,890
Other Services (except Public Administration) $18,920
Management of Companies and Enterprises $19,070
Retail Trade $20,730
Public Administration $21,300
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