Bartenders

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2019 Workforce
462k
Average Age
34.9
Estimated Job Growth
5.87%
10-year projection
Average Salary
$28,029
Average Male Salary
$31,652
Average Female Salary
$25,354

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 Travel arrangements & reservation services. Bartenders are paid most in Orlando City (West Downtown) & Pine Hills (Southeast) PUMA, FL but are relatively concentrated in Nueces County (Central)Corpus Christi City (South Central) PUMA, TX.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$28,029
AVERAGE SALARY
± $853

In 2019, Bartenders earned an average of $28,029, $27,495 less than than the average national salary of $55,524.

Veterinary assistants & laboratory animal caretakers make somewhat more than Bartenders while Hairdressers, hairstylists, & cosmetologists 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

0.342
WAGE GINI

In 2015, Bartenders had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.342, 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

This map shows the Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States shaded by average annual wage for Bartenders.

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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

Highest Paying

The highest paying industries for Bartenders, by average wage, are Travel arrangements & reservation services, Traveler accommodation, and Restaurants & Food Services.

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Industries by Share

462k
2019 Workforce
± 16,669
2.1%
1 YEAR GROWTH
± 5.02%

The number of people employed as Bartenders has been growing at a rate of 2.1%, from 452,856 people in 2018 to 462,363 people in 2019.

This graphic shows the share of Bartenders employed by various industries. Restaurants & Food Services employs the largest share of Bartenders at  56.4%, followed by Drinking places, alcoholic beverages  with 23.6% and Traveler accommodation with 5.62%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Bartenders in the US. The average age of male Bartenders in the workforce is 35.3 and of female Bartenders is 34.6, and the most common race/ethnicity for Bartenders is White (Non-Hispanic).

Gender Composition

196k
MALE WORKFORCE
± 10,873
266k
FEMALE WORKFORCE
± 12,651

57.5% of Bartenders are Female, making them the more common gender in the occupation. This chart shows the gender 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)

73.1% of Bartenders are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 11% 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 Gender

35.3
AVERAGE MALE AGE
± 0.649
34.6
AVERAGE FEMALE AGE
± 0.549

The median age of Bartenders is 34.9, and Male employees are generally 0.695 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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