How Much do Bartenders Make in New York?

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

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, bartenders in New York earn an average of $37,770 a year, equivalent to $18.16 an hour.

This is 35% more than bartenders nationwide, but it is 41% less than the typical New York 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
New York Bartender Wages by Percentile
Percentile Hourly Annually
90th $29.97 $62,350
75th $22.08 $45,920
50th $14.79 $30,770
25th $11.82 $24,590
10th $11.31 $23,520
New York Bartenders Wages by Metro Area
  • Data is for the entire metro area, not just the city
Metro Area Hourly Annually
Albany $15.73 $32,710
Binghamton $12.86 $26,740
Buffalo $14.66 $30,490
Elmira $13.35 $27,760
Glens Falls $14.47 $30,090
Ithaca $18.52 $38,510
Kingston $17.15 $35,670
New York $18.86 $39,240
Rochester $15.47 $32,180
Syracuse $14.24 $29,620
Utica $13.55 $28,190
Watertown $13.78 $28,670
New York Bartender Wages by Year
Year Hourly Annually
2019 $18.16 $37,770
2018 $16.73 $34,800
2017 $15.15 $31,510
2016 $13.82 $28,740
2015 $12.68 $26,380
2014 $11.41 $23,740
2013 $10.89 $22,650
2012 $10.78 $22,430
2011 $10.90 $22,680