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Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021

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)
485,330 1.4 % $ 14.59 $ 30,340 1.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for Bartenders:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 8.59 $ 9.89 $ 12.67 $ 16.41 $ 22.94
Annual Wage (2) $ 17,870 $ 20,560 $ 26,350 $ 34,120 $ 47,710


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 217,290 2.30 $ 15.63 $ 32,510
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) 134,980 43.98 $ 13.63 $ 28,350
Civic and Social Organizations 28,860 11.04 $ 11.55 $ 24,030
Beverage Manufacturing 26,100 9.30 $ 15.20 $ 31,610
Traveler Accommodation 26,060 1.90 $ 15.03 $ 31,270

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) 134,980 43.98 $ 13.63 $ 28,350
Civic and Social Organizations 28,860 11.04 $ 11.55 $ 24,030
Beverage Manufacturing 26,100 9.30 $ 15.20 $ 31,610
Gambling Industries 5,660 3.12 $ 12.83 $ 26,680
Restaurants and Other Eating Places 217,290 2.30 $ 15.63 $ 32,510

Top paying industries for Bartenders:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Personal Services 190 0.06 $ 17.77 $ 36,960
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods (4244 and 4248 only) 360 0.04 $ 17.73 $ 36,880
General Merchandise Stores (8) (8) $ 16.93 $ 35,220
Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Facilities for the Elderly 310 0.04 $ 16.49 $ 34,300
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 200 0.01 $ 16.39 $ 34,080


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.



Map of employment of bartenders by state, May 2021


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 39,060 2.36 0.69 $ 18.30 $ 38,070
Texas 38,600 3.16 0.92 $ 13.33 $ 27,730
Florida 35,890 4.17 1.21 $ 13.92 $ 28,950
Wisconsin 22,330 8.11 2.35 $ 11.46 $ 23,840
Ohio 22,170 4.26 1.24 $ 12.62 $ 26,250


Map of location quotient of bartenders by state, May 2021


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 5,140 10.94 3.18 $ 10.96 $ 22,800
North Dakota 3,730 9.43 2.74 $ 12.80 $ 26,630
Nevada 11,060 8.58 2.49 $ 12.21 $ 25,390
Wisconsin 22,330 8.11 2.35 $ 11.46 $ 23,840
Wyoming 2,040 7.83 2.27 $ 12.24 $ 25,460


Map of annual mean wages of bartenders by state, May 2021


Top paying states for Bartenders:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Arizona 11,620 4.03 1.17 $ 21.71 $ 45,150
Hawaii 2,140 3.90 1.13 $ 21.48 $ 44,680
Washington 9,810 3.06 0.89 $ 21.21 $ 44,120
New York 20,110 2.32 0.67 $ 21.05 $ 43,780
District of Columbia 2,400 3.62 1.05 $ 20.57 $ 42,790



Map of employment of bartenders by area, May 2021


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 19,620 2.26 0.66 $ 20.76 $ 43,170
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 12,570 2.97 0.86 $ 13.21 $ 27,480
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 12,160 2.13 0.62 $ 20.13 $ 41,880
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 10,240 3.53 1.03 $ 13.59 $ 28,270
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 9,230 2.57 0.75 $ 14.11 $ 29,350
Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV 8,820 9.60 2.79 $ 12.51 $ 26,010
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 8,750 3.57 1.04 $ 13.66 $ 28,420
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 8,340 4.58 1.33 $ 13.83 $ 28,770
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 8,100 3.13 0.91 $ 14.03 $ 29,180
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 7,920 2.98 0.87 $ 14.36 $ 29,860


Map of location quotient of bartenders by area, May 2021


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)
Ocean City, NJ 480 12.22 3.55 $ 15.14 $ 31,500
Great Falls, MT 400 11.76 3.41 $ 10.38 $ 21,580
Salisbury, MD-DE 1,800 11.56 3.36 $ 13.48 $ 28,040
Atlantic City-Hammonton, NJ 1,280 11.03 3.20 $ 15.93 $ 33,120
Johnstown, PA 520 10.90 3.16 $ 10.17 $ 21,140
Missoula, MT 650 10.88 3.16 $ 10.39 $ 21,610
La Crosse-Onalaska, WI-MN 770 10.72 3.11 $ 11.02 $ 22,920
Grand Forks, ND-MN 480 9.92 2.88 $ 12.61 $ 26,230
Duluth, MN-WI 1,160 9.70 2.82 $ 12.26 $ 25,500
Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV 8,820 9.60 2.79 $ 12.51 $ 26,010