Average Bartender Salary Nationwide

Hourly salary range
By States
Range: $10.87/hr - $15.13/hr
Average Salary: $13.00/hr

Overview and Basic Information


At bars, restaurants and taverns, bartenders make the entire operation possible. With their quick thinking, excellent customer service and extreme coordination, bartenders can whip up tasty alcoholic drinks in the blink of an eye. In addition to serving mixed drinks, cocktails, wine and beer, bartenders are also responsible for creating an enjoyable environment for customers who come to sit at their counter.

Example bartender job description

Our business is seeking an energetic, dedicated and responsible individual to serve as our part-time bartender. The bartender is responsible for managing the operations of the bar, serving drinks and creating a one-of-a-kind experience for all customers who frequent our restaurant. The ideal candidate for this job will be able to perform as a top mixologist, handle multiple responsibilities at once, manage a fast-paced environment and interact with all personality types. If you think that sounds like you, we encourage you to apply! 

Typical duties include:

  • Manage customer orders for alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages

  • Screen customers to ensure they are the legal drinking age

  • Prepare a wide variety of cocktail recipes by memory from the regular and seasonal drink menu

  • Serve food and drink items to customers who sit at the bar

  • Track and manage bar inventory

  • Educate customers on the bar menu and drink ingredients

  • Work alongside wait staff to serve customers' drink orders in the dining room

  • Manage cash and credit card payments with the bar cash register

  • Sanitize bar area to maintain a clean work environment and work area

  • Interact with customers and create a positive bar environment


  • Customer service experience

  • Excellent interpersonal skills

  • Communication skills

  • Organizational skills

  • Energetic personality

  • Ability to work nights and weekends

Preferred qualifications:

  • Previous bartending/restaurant experience

  • Appropriate bartending certification

Common questions about bartender jobs

How much does a bartender make?

The average bartender makes between $5-$15 in hourly wages. Bartenders are also compensated with tips from customers and benefits from employers such as meal discounts.

What are the education requirements?

Most businesses prefer bartenders to hold a high school diploma or GED. Some restaurants and bars also require bartenders to hold a bartending certification. The minimum age requirement is 21 to be a bartender.

Career paths for bartenders

There are multiple options for bartenders in terms of career paths. Many bartenders work years to perfect their trade and become highly sought after employees. Other bartenders gain knowledge about restaurants and the service industry and go on to become bar/restaurant managers and even restaurant owners.

The future of bartenders

With the culture of craft beers and cocktails on the rise, bartenders aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the employment of bartenders is projected to grow 8% from 2018 to 2028, which is faster than the average for all occupations.

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