Bartender Salary in the US

$8.50
per hour
per year
$17,700
per year
per hour
Tips
$13/hour

Bartender - Average Salary

The average salary for a Bartender is $8.50 per hour ($17,700 per year), which is $35,790 (-67%) lower than the average salary in the United States.
A Bartender can expect an average starting pay of $4 per hour. The highest salaries can exceed $15 per hour.
$4
Low
$8.50
Average salary
$15
High
$15,700
Low
$17,700
Average salary
$31,200
High
Total pay includes salary and tips.
$4
$18
$40
Salary$4 - 15
Tips$8 - 25
Total Pay$12 - 40
$15,700
$7,800
$31,200
Salary$15,700 - 31,200
Total Pay$15,700 - 31,200

Bartender Salary Range

Low
$4
Average salary
$8.50
Senior
$11.40
High
$15
Low
$15,700
Average salary
$17,700
Senior
$23,700
High
$31,200
Among Bartenders in the U.S., Hotel Bartenders and Cruise Ship Bartenders tend to enjoy the highest salaries.

Bartender - Salary Differences

JobSalaryDifference
Cruise Ship Bartender$10.40/hour
+22% 
Hotel Bartender$9.80/hour
+15% 

Bartender - Pay by Experience Level in the United States

An Entry Level Bartender with less than three years of experience can expect to earn an average starting salary of $6.50 per hour. A mid level Bartender with 4-9 years of experience earns an average salary of $8.20, while a Senior Bartender with 10-20 years of experience makes on average $8.60. Bartenders with more than 20 years of experience earn $9 per hour on average.

How Work Experience Affects the Salary of a Bartender

Late Career▲ +6%
Senior▲ +1%
Average Salary$8.50/hour
Mid Level▼ -4%
Entry Level▼ -24%

Gender Breakdown

Female
62%
Male
38%

Bartender - Jobs by Location

Bartender - Related Salaries (per year)

The salary information presented on this page is based on all Bartender jobs published on Jobted in the last 12 months and on data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS.gov).
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