Information About Bartenders

Training Requirements for Bartenders

Bartenders need no formal educational credential.

Degrees for Bartenders
Training for Bartenders
Percent
Less than High School 6.5
High School 28.3
Some College 34.2
Associates Degree 10.2
Bachelors Degree 18.5
Masters Degree 1.8
Doctorate or Professional Degree 0.5

Employment outlook for Bartenders

Represents about 580,000 people in the United States.

Employment prospects are up Over the next 5 years there will be aproximately 60,000 more bartenders but, because of expected growth and replacement needs in the United States, we will need 278,000 more.


Hourly Income

On average, bartenders make $12.30 per hour.

Hourly Income Distribution in U.S. Dollars ($)
Bottom 10% Bottom 25% Median Top 75% Top 90%
Bartenders $8.32 $8.97 $10.00 $13.84 $19.34
Food preparation and serving related occupations $8.28 $8.94 $10.01 $12.34 $16.92
Food and beverage serving workers $8.16 $8.76 $9.50 $11.39 $15.03
National Average $9.27 $11.60 $17.81 $28.92 $45.45

Annual Salaries

On average, bartenders make $25,580 per year.

Annual Salary Distribution in U.S. Dollars ($)
Bottom 10% Bottom 25% Median Top 75% Top 90%
Bartenders $17,310 $18,650 $20,800 $28,780 $40,230
Food preparation and serving related occupations $17,220 $18,600 $20,810 $25,680 $35,200
Food and beverage serving workers $16,980 $18,230 $19,750 $23,690 $31,250
National Average $19,290 $24,140 $37,040 $60,150 $94,540

This data is from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics

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