How Much do Bartenders Make in Illinois?

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

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, bartenders in Illinois earn an average of $24,480 a year, equivalent to $11.77 an hour.

This is 13% less than bartenders nationwide and 56% less than the typical Illinois worker.

  • 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
Illinois Bartender Wages by Percentile
Percentile Hourly Annually
90th $18.15 $37,760
75th $11.05 $22,980
50th $9.49 $19,730
25th $9.07 $18,870
10th $8.76 $18,220
Illinois Bartenders Wages by Metro Area
  • Data is for the entire metro area, not just the city
Metro Area Hourly Annually
Bloomington $11.23 $23,350
Carbondale $9.68 $20,140
Champaign $12.15 $25,270
Chicago $12.23 $25,440
Danville $10.23 $21,280
Decatur $9.85 $20,490
Kankakee $10.88 $22,630
Peoria $10.60 $22,060
Rockford $10.90 $22,680
Springfield $11.13 $23,150
Illinois Bartender Wages by Year
Year Hourly Annually
2019 $11.77 $24,480
2018 $11.67 $24,280
2017 $11.97 $24,890
2016 $11.62 $24,160
2015 $11.15 $23,180
2014 $10.35 $21,530
2013 $10.09 $20,980
2012 $10.21 $21,230
2011 $10.25 $21,330