How Much do Bartenders Make?

Do bartenders make a lot of money? What is the average pay for bartenders?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, bartenders in the United States earn an average of $28,000 a year, equivalent to $13.46 an hour. Bartenders make 48% less than the average American worker.

Bartenders in Hawaii are the best paid, making $58,830 a year, while bartenders in Louisiana make the least at $19,780.

  • Latest wage data is for May 2019
  • Pre-tax earnings; Wages only - does not include benefits
  • This includes reported tips. It's very likely that a percentage of tips are not reported so real wages are probably higher
Bartender Wages by Percentile
Percentile Hourly Annually
90th $22.18 $46,140
75th $15.09 $31,390
50th $11.39 $23,680
25th $9.32 $19,390
10th $8.55 $17,780
Bartender Wages by State

In what states do bartenders make the most? In what states do bartenders make the least?

In the map below, green represents higher pay and red represents lower pay. Keep scrolling down to see a table with the average wages in each state.

State Hourly Annually
Alabama $10.27 $21,360
Alaska $13.18 $27,420
Arizona $18.39 $38,240
Arkansas $10.19 $21,200
California $15.41 $32,040
Colorado $14.65 $30,470
Connecticut $14.62 $30,410
Delaware $12.76 $26,540
Florida $12.72 $26,460
Georgia $10.71 $22,270
Hawaii $28.29 $58,830
Idaho $11.99 $24,940
Illinois $11.77 $24,480
Indiana $11.06 $23,000
Iowa $10.51 $21,860
Kansas $10.40 $21,630
Kentucky $9.80 $20,380
Louisiana $9.51 $19,780
Maine $14.60 $30,370
Maryland $12.65 $26,310
Massachusetts $15.24 $31,690
Michigan $12.86 $26,750
Minnesota $12.48 $25,950
Mississippi $11.06 $23,010
Missouri $13.67 $28,440
Montana $10.55 $21,950
Nebraska $10.76 $22,380
Nevada $13.35 $27,770
New Hampshire $12.56 $26,130
New Jersey $14.55 $30,260
New Mexico $9.99 $20,780
New York $18.16 $37,770
North Carolina $12.75 $26,530
North Dakota $10.91 $22,700
Ohio $10.86 $22,590
Oklahoma $10.85 $22,570
Oregon $14.24 $29,630
Pennsylvania $11.71 $24,360
South Carolina $10.80 $22,460
South Dakota $10.69 $22,230
Tennessee $10.69 $22,240
Texas $12.35 $25,700
Utah $12.09 $25,150
Vermont $17.11 $35,590
Virginia $12.58 $26,160
Washington $18.84 $39,180
West Virginia $11.22 $23,340
Wisconsin $10.85 $22,570
Wyoming $11.60 $24,120
Metro Areas Where Bartenders Earn the Most
  • Data is for the entire metro area, not just the city
Metro Area Hourly Annually
Kahului, HI $29.52 $61,410
Honolulu, HI $27.98 $58,190
Seattle, WA $20.41 $42,450
Sierra Vista, AZ $19.27 $40,080
Phoenix, AZ $19.21 $39,960
Bellingham, WA $19.17 $39,870
New York, NY $18.86 $39,240
Santa Rosa, CA $18.61 $38,700
Ithaca, NY $18.52 $38,510
Danbury, CT $18.05 $37,540
Bartender Wages by Year
Year Hourly Annually
2019 $13.46 $28,000
2018 $12.88 $26,780
2017 $12.63 $26,260
2016 $12.30 $25,580
2015 $11.59 $24,110
2014 $10.88 $22,620
2013 $10.46 $21,770
2012 $10.40 $21,630
2011 $10.36 $21,550