How Much do Bartenders Make in Washington?

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

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, bartenders in Washington earn an average of $39,180 a year, equivalent to $18.84 an hour.

This is 40% more than bartenders nationwide, but it is 37% less than the typical Washington 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
Washington Bartender Wages by Percentile
Percentile Hourly Annually
90th $28.62 $59,520
75th $22.53 $46,870
50th $16.68 $34,700
25th $13.12 $27,290
10th $12.33 $25,640
Washington Bartenders Wages by Metro Area
  • Data is for the entire metro area, not just the city
Metro Area Hourly Annually
Bellingham $19.17 $39,870
Bremerton $16.41 $34,120
Kennewick $15.49 $32,220
Longview $15.63 $32,510
Mount Vernon $17.72 $36,850
Olympia $16.24 $33,790
Seattle $20.41 $42,450
Spokane $15.58 $32,400
Walla Walla $16.10 $33,500
Wenatchee $15.92 $33,100
Yakima $15.62 $32,500
Washington Bartender Wages by Year
Year Hourly Annually
2019 $18.84 $39,180
2018 $17.02 $35,390
2017 $15.18 $31,580
2016 $14.95 $31,100
2015 $14.65 $30,480
2014 $14.13 $29,390
2013 $12.98 $27,000
2012 $13.09 $27,220
2011 $13.48 $28,030