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Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2020

35-3011 Bartenders

Mix and serve drinks to patrons, directly or through waitstaff.


National estimates for Bartenders
Industry profile for Bartenders
Geographic profile for Bartenders

National estimates for Bartenders:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Bartenders:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
486,720 1.2 % $ 13.90 $ 28,910 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for Bartenders:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 8.63 $ 9.43 $ 12.00 $ 15.45 $ 22.93
Annual Wage (2) $ 17,940 $ 19,620 $ 24,960 $ 32,130 $ 47,690


Industry profile for Bartenders:

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for Bartenders are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in Bartenders, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Bartenders:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Restaurants and Other Eating Places 221,640 2.46 $ 14.62 $ 30,400
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) 123,820 43.64 $ 12.97 $ 26,970
Traveler Accommodation 31,820 2.10 $ 15.43 $ 32,090
Civic and Social Organizations 28,370 9.91 $ 11.40 $ 23,720
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries 20,560 2.03 $ 13.20 $ 27,460

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Bartenders:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) 123,820 43.64 $ 12.97 $ 26,970
Civic and Social Organizations 28,370 9.91 $ 11.40 $ 23,720
Beverage Manufacturing 18,170 6.95 $ 13.93 $ 28,970
Gambling Industries 4,960 2.91 $ 13.12 $ 27,300
Special Food Services 14,040 2.51 $ 14.13 $ 29,380

Top paying industries for Bartenders:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Personal Services 430 0.15 $ 15.64 $ 32,520
Traveler Accommodation 31,820 2.10 $ 15.43 $ 32,090
Grantmaking and Giving Services 30 0.02 $ 15.42 $ 32,080
Employment Services 4,110 0.13 $ 15.25 $ 31,710
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods (4244 and 4248 only) 310 0.03 $ 15.03 $ 31,260


Geographic profile for Bartenders:

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for Bartenders are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in Bartenders, see the Create Customized Tables function.





States with the highest employment level in Bartenders:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 50,240 3.06 0.87 $ 16.30 $ 33,890
Florida 38,260 4.53 1.30 $ 12.79 $ 26,610
Texas 33,050 2.73 0.78 $ 11.63 $ 24,190
New York 29,580 3.40 0.97 $ 19.45 $ 40,460
Pennsylvania 22,390 4.06 1.16 $ 12.47 $ 25,930




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Bartenders:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Montana 4,710 10.35 2.96 $ 10.61 $ 22,070
North Dakota 3,320 8.29 2.37 $ 11.49 $ 23,900
South Dakota 3,180 7.74 2.21 $ 10.93 $ 22,740
Wyoming 2,010 7.68 2.19 $ 11.58 $ 24,080
Nevada 9,480 7.58 2.17 $ 13.79 $ 28,680




Top paying states for Bartenders:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Hawaii 2,380 4.14 1.18 $ 29.03 $ 60,380
District of Columbia 3,450 5.01 1.43 $ 26.11 $ 54,320
Arizona 11,000 3.88 1.11 $ 20.10 $ 41,810
Washington 12,570 3.93 1.12 $ 19.67 $ 40,910
New York 29,580 3.40 0.97 $ 19.45 $ 40,460





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Bartenders:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 24,850 2.81 0.80 $ 19.91 $ 41,420
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 17,520 3.01 0.86 $ 15.74 $ 32,730
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 15,470 3.55 1.01 $ 11.44 $ 23,790
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 9,960 3.83 1.09 $ 16.21 $ 33,710
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 8,910 3.00 0.86 $ 11.91 $ 24,770
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 8,580 3.18 0.91 $ 13.83 $ 28,760
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 8,500 2.81 0.80 $ 18.30 $ 38,060
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 8,210 3.27 0.94 $ 11.39 $ 23,690
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 8,160 4.41 1.26 $ 14.49 $ 30,140
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 8,070 4.13 1.18 $ 20.47 $ 42,570




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Bartenders:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Great Falls, MT 440 12.63 3.61 $ 9.99 $ 20,790
Atlantic City-Hammonton, NJ 1,350 12.15 3.47 $ 14.78 $ 30,740
Fond du Lac, WI 420 9.84 2.81 $ 10.94 $ 22,740
Johnstown, PA 450 9.58 2.74 $ 10.85 $ 22,560
Eau Claire, WI 750 9.42 2.69 $ 10.57 $ 21,990
Gettysburg, PA 280 9.12 2.61 $ 12.41 $ 25,800
Myrtle Beach-Conway-North Myrtle Beach, SC-NC 1,340 8.70 2.49 $ 11.63 $ 24,180
Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, MS 1,220 8.64 2.47 $ 10.34 $ 21,520
La Crosse-Onalaska, WI-MN 610 8.52 2.44 $ 12.43 $ 25,860
Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV 7,610 8.43 2.41 $ 14.55 $ 30,270