How much do Bartenders earn in the United States?

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The average salary for a bartender is $16.35


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8,201 salaries reported. Updated 10 November 2021

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How much does a Bartender make?

In the United States, the average pay for a bartender as of January 2022 is approximately $15.00 per hour. Breaking it down, that works out to be approximately $29,250 per year and $2,438 per month, assuming you work a 40 hour work week.

Comparing Bartender salaries

DirectlyApply has seen bartender salaries ranging from a high of $30.77 per hour to a low of $9.00 per hour, although we would estimate that the majority of bartenders currently sit between $11.75 per hour and $27.00 per hour.

To be considered a top earning bartender you would be expected to be making in excess of $30.77 per hour, which would put you in the top 10%. If you are earning $11.75 per hour or lower, you would be sitting in the bottom 25 percentile.

However interestingly, the average pay range for an bartender can vary significantly (by as much as $19.02 per hour) so therefore this role may allow for either increased hours or overtime, as well as opportunities for promotion and pay rises. It is therefore highly possible that you can increase your salary as you gain more experience in the role.

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