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 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1. Bartenders Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$17,470
25th Percentile Wage
$18,960
50th Percentile Wage
$21,690
75th Percentile Wage
$29,420
90th Percentile Wage
$41,630

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 $41,630. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $21,690. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $17,470. We note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 138% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of bartenders from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$21,690
4.10% 12.86%
2016
$20,800
6.11% -
2015
$19,530
2.46% -
2014
$19,050
0.68% -
2013
$18,920
0.11% -
2012
$18,900
- -

Table 2. Bartenders Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of bartenders in 16 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 educational services sector with an annual salary $26,950. The lowest paying sector is the retail trade sector (annual salary $20,080).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Educational Services
$26,950
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$24,390
Transportation and Warehousing
$23,580
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$23,430
Wholesale Trade
$22,510
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$22,490
Accommodation and Food Services
$22,100
Manufacturing
$21,450
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$21,180
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$21,010
Information
$20,810
Construction
$20,810
Health Care and Social Assistance
$20,450
Federal, State, and Local Government
$20,370
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$20,100
Retail Trade
$20,080

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 $18,200 to $45,120. The highest paying state for bartenders is Hawaii with a median annual salary of $45,120. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $18,200. For more salary information of bartenders profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
Hawaii
$45,120
District of Columbia
$31,300
Vermont
$28,240
California
$27,650
New Jersey
$26,560
New York
$26,550
Washington
$26,430
Alaska
$25,810
Nevada
$24,830
Massachusetts
$24,310
Rhode Island
$23,790
Oregon
$23,150
Virginia
$23,110
Delaware
$22,190
Maine
$21,750
South Dakota
$21,100
Connecticut
$21,030
Arizona
$20,820
Minnesota
$20,520
Pennsylvania
$20,350
Virgin Islands
$20,210
Texas
$20,140
Florida
$20,010
Colorado
$20,000
Nebraska
$19,930
Montana
$19,810
Utah
$19,790
Wisconsin
$19,780
Maryland
$19,600
North Carolina
$19,540
West Virginia
$19,500
Michigan
$19,490
Missouri
$19,470
Illinois
$19,450
Wyoming
$19,300
Indiana
$19,290
Alabama
$19,240
Guam
$19,190
Arkansas
$19,180
Ohio
$19,160
Oklahoma
$19,040
North Dakota
$18,980
New Hampshire
$18,950
Tennessee
$18,840
Idaho
$18,830
South Carolina
$18,820
Iowa
$18,640
New Mexico
$18,570
Kansas
$18,480
Georgia
$18,440
Louisiana
$18,390
Mississippi
$18,390
Kentucky
$18,240
Puerto Rico
$18,200



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