Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2003

35-3011 Bartenders

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

National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
State profile for this occupation
Metropolitan area 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)
470,020 1.2 % $8.14 $16,930 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $5.72 $6.31 $7.23 $9.00 $12.07
Annual Wage (2) $11,890 $13,120 $15,040 $18,720 $25,110

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Full-service restaurants 164,350 $8.35 $17,370 1 23
Drinking places, alcoholic beverages 149,620 $7.62 $15,840 2 36
Civic and social organizations 40,230 $7.39 $15,380 3 40
Traveler accommodation 38,640 $9.33 $19,410 4 10
Other amusement and recreation industries 29,910 $8.61 $17,900 5 19

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Travel arrangement and reservation services 130 $11.41 $23,740 28 1
Grantmaking and giving services 30 $10.75 $22,360 37 2
Lessors of real estate 640 $10.49 $21,810 17 3
Colleges and universities 40 $9.84 $20,470 36 4
Museums, historical sites, zoos, and parks 150 $9.77 $20,320 25 5

State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
Montana 4,320 $7.24 $15,050 1.093% 563
Nevada 9,930 $9.58 $19,930 0.932% 579
Wisconsin 21,950 $8.46 $17,600 0.816% 689
Wyoming 1,910 $7.32 $15,230 0.793% 471
North Dakota 2,380 $6.98 $14,520 0.758% 517

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
Hawaii 3,140 $12.21 $25,390 0.568% 407
Alaska 2,050 $10.11 $21,040 0.701% 457
Massachusetts 17,370 $9.79 $20,370 0.547% 663
Nevada 9,930 $9.58 $19,930 0.932% 579
District of Columbia 1,600 $9.24 $19,230 0.269% 421

Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Kenosha, WI PMSA 610 $7.14 $14,840 1.178%
Great Falls, MT MSA 370 $6.90 $14,350 1.168%
Barnstable-Yarmouth, MA MSA 760 $9.30 $19,350 1.153%
Atlantic-Cape May, NJ PMSA 1,920 $10.62 $22,090 1.048%
Johnstown, PA MSA 860 $6.61 $13,740 1.046%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Honolulu, HI MSA 1,900 $11.22 $23,350 0.473%
San Francisco, CA PMSA 4,090 $11.10 $23,090 0.419%
New York, NY PMSA 8,880 $10.75 $22,370 0.223%
Salinas, CA MSA 520 $10.70 $22,250 0.335%
Anchorage, AK MSA 640 $10.69 $22,230 0.465%

About May 2003 National, State, and Metropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia. The top five employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable Excel files(XLS).

Percentile wage estimates show the percentage of workers in an occupation that earn less than a given wage and the percentage that earn more. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate—50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

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Last Modified Date: May 7, 2004

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