Bartenders Salary Information

The salary statistics of bartenders are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of bartenders within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The bartenders annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1. Bartenders Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$17,310
25th Percentile Wage
$18,650
50th Percentile Wage
$20,800
75th Percentile Wage
$28,780
90th Percentile Wage
$40,230

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for bartenders. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) bartenders is $40,230. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $20,800. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $17,310. Note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 132% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of bartenders from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201620,8006.11%9.13%
201519,5302.46%-
201419,0500.68%-
201318,9200.11%-
201218,900--

Table 2. Bartenders Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of bartenders in 14 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for bartenders occupations is the administrative and support and waste management and remediation services sector with an annual salary $22,840. The lowest paying sector is the construction sector (annual salary $18,920).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$22,840
Educational Services
$22,380
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$22,040
Transportation and Warehousing
$22,010
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$21,180
Retail Trade
$20,820
Accommodation and Food Services
$20,820
Manufacturing
$20,240
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$20,240
Health Care and Social Assistance
$19,930
Federal, State, and Local Government
$19,700
Information
$19,450
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$19,450
Construction
$18,920

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Bartenders by States

From the above tables we note that not only bartenders salaries vary considerably based on one's education and experience, and the industry sectors, they also change considerably from state to state. In the following table we compare the median salary of bartenders in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $17,940 to $38,160. The highest paying state for bartenders is Hawaii with a median annual salary of $38,160. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $17,940. For more salary information of bartenders profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
Hawaii
$38,160
Alaska
$28,880
California
$27,960
District of Columbia
$27,000
New Jersey
$26,470
Virginia
$26,420
Nevada
$26,370
Washington
$25,710
Vermont
$24,570
New York
$23,160
Utah
$22,510
Massachusetts
$22,180
Oregon
$22,160
Florida
$21,490
South Dakota
$20,500
Connecticut
$20,210
Rhode Island
$20,200
Delaware
$20,040
Pennsylvania
$19,750
Minnesota
$19,710
Illinois
$19,670
Maryland
$19,620
Nebraska
$19,490
Colorado
$19,460
Texas
$19,410
Maine
$19,390
Montana
$19,350
Arizona
$19,340
North Carolina
$19,320
North Dakota
$19,290
Indiana
$19,230
Michigan
$19,210
Virgin Islands
$19,180
West Virginia
$19,130
Wisconsin
$19,100
Wyoming
$19,090
Ohio
$18,990
Alabama
$18,960
New Hampshire
$18,940
Tennessee
$18,870
Oklahoma
$18,840
Guam
$18,820
Missouri
$18,790
Arkansas
$18,790
New Mexico
$18,780
Idaho
$18,690
Louisiana
$18,690
South Carolina
$18,580
Iowa
$18,440
Kansas
$18,340
Kentucky
$18,340
Georgia
$18,300
Mississippi
$18,210
Puerto Rico
$17,940


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