Bartenders

Detailed Occupation

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2020 Workforce
437k
Average Age
34.6
Estimated Job Growth
5.87%
10-year projection
Average Salary
$27,277
Average Male Salary
$30,899
Average Female Salary
$24,616

About

Bartenders are most often employed by the Restaurants & Food Services industry. The average yearly wage for Bartenders was $27,277 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Bartenders by wage are Massage therapists, Hairdressers, hairstylists, & cosmetologists, and Bus drivers, school.

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Bartenders and on wages and locations for those in the field. Restaurants & Food Services is the industry that employs the most Bartenders, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Bartenders, by average wage, is Museums, art galleries, historical sites, & similar institutions. Bartenders are paid most in Fulton & Montgomery Counties PUMA, NY but are relatively concentrated in New Orleans City (Central) PUMA, LA.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$27,277
AVERAGE SALARY
± $931

In 2020, Bartenders earned an average of $27,277, $28,677 less than than the average national salary of $55,954.

Bus drivers, school make somewhat more than Bartenders while Massage therapists make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Bartenders as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.348
WAGE GINI

In 2015, Bartenders had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.348, which is lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly for Bartenders (shown in red) than for the overall labor force (shown in gray).

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Wage by Location

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Spatial Concentration

This map displays which Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States have a relatively high population of Bartenders.

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Industries

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Industries by Share

437k
2020 Workforce
± 16,208
−2.05%
1 YEAR GROWTH
± 5.33%

The number of people employed as Bartenders has been declining at a rate of −2.05%, from 446,262 people in 2019 to 437,110 people in 2020.

This graphic shows the share of Bartenders employed by various industries. Restaurants & Food Services employs the largest share of Bartenders at  56.7%, followed by Drinking places, alcoholic beverages  with 23.7% and Traveler accommodation with 5.94%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Bartenders in the US. The average age of male Bartenders in the workforce is 35.2 and of female Bartenders is 34.1, and the most common race/ethnicity for Bartenders is White (Non-Hispanic).

Composition by Sex

185k
MALE WORKFORCE
± 10,555
252k
FEMALE WORKFORCE
± 12,315

57.7% of Bartenders are Female, making them the more common sex in the occupation. This chart shows the sex breakdown of Bartenders.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Bartenders
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
  2. White (Hispanic)
  3. Black (Non-Hispanic)

72.1% of Bartenders are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 9.38% of Bartenders, White (Hispanic) is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Bartenders.

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Age by Sex

35.2
AVERAGE MALE AGE
± 0.677
34.1
AVERAGE FEMALE AGE
± 0.569

The median age of Bartenders is 34.6, and Male employees are generally 1.11 years older than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

Data on higher education choices for Bartenders from The Department of Education and Census Bureau. The most common major for Bartenders is Business but a relatively high number of Bartenders hold a major in Personal & Culinary Services.

Majors

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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for Bartenders from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Bartenders need many skills, but most especially Active Listening, Service Orientation, and Social Perceptiveness. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Bartenders need more than the average amount of Management of Material Resources, Management of Financial Resources, and Service Orientation.

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Projections

Projections on job growth for Bartenders from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The 10-year national workforce is projected to grow 3.71%, but Bartenders are expected to see a growth of 5.87% over the same period. This occupation is expected to grow more than the national average.

Job Growth

5.87%
Estimated Job Growth
10-year Projection
3.71%
National Growth
10-year Projection

This line chart shows the projected 10-year growth in the number of jobs for Bartenders. This profession is expected to grow more than than 3.71%, the average rate of national job growth.

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