Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

35-3011 Bartenders

Mix and serve drinks to patrons, directly or through waitstaff.


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
538,220 1.0 % $10.40 $21,630 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $7.85 $8.39 $9.09 $11.17 $15.49
Annual Wage (2) $16,340 $17,450 $18,900 $23,230 $32,220


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Restaurants and Other Eating Places 235,170 2.63 $10.67 $22,190
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) 159,900 45.70 $9.74 $20,260
Civic and Social Organizations 43,060 11.19 $9.11 $18,950
Traveler Accommodation 37,520 2.15 $12.60 $26,200
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries 25,790 2.38 $10.36 $21,540

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) 159,900 45.70 $9.74 $20,260
Civic and Social Organizations 43,060 11.19 $9.11 $18,950
Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation, Water 440 3.21 $12.05 $25,050
Gambling Industries 3,690 2.89 $9.99 $20,780
Restaurants and Other Eating Places 235,170 2.63 $10.67 $22,190

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Rail Transportation 50 0.02 $13.10 $27,240
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 130 (7) $12.67 $26,360
Traveler Accommodation 37,520 2.15 $12.60 $26,200
Lessors of Real Estate 670 0.12 $12.32 $25,620
Employment Services 2,440 0.08 $12.12 $25,220


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.





States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 48,800 3.41 0.83 $11.15 $23,200
Florida 34,440 4.73 1.15 $10.40 $21,640
New York 34,300 4.01 0.97 $10.78 $22,430
Texas 31,860 3.01 0.73 $9.94 $20,670
Pennsylvania 30,670 5.48 1.33 $10.18 $21,170




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nevada 13,250 11.76 2.85 $12.42 $25,830
Montana 4,910 11.35 2.75 $8.96 $18,630
Wisconsin 24,340 9.11 2.20 $9.21 $19,150
North Dakota 3,430 8.50 2.06 $8.89 $18,490
South Dakota 3,080 7.73 1.87 $8.98 $18,670




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Hawaii 3,000 5.09 1.23 $15.96 $33,190
Vermont 1,650 5.60 1.36 $13.74 $28,570
Washington 13,810 5.00 1.21 $13.09 $27,220
Massachusetts 17,610 5.50 1.33 $12.74 $26,490
Nevada 13,250 11.76 2.85 $12.42 $25,830





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 18,950 3.67 0.89 $11.76 $24,470
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 17,990 4.94 1.20 $10.59 $22,030
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 12,230 3.16 0.77 $11.04 $22,970
Las Vegas-Paradise, NV 10,310 12.60 3.05 $13.40 $27,880
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 8,790 5.02 1.22 $9.73 $20,230
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 8,230 4.81 1.16 $14.11 $29,350
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 7,970 3.02 0.73 $10.07 $20,950
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 7,810 4.28 1.04 $11.75 $24,440
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 7,610 5.40 1.31 $13.77 $28,650
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 6,970 2.98 0.72 $12.40 $25,790