Bartenders in California
Is California a good place for you to work as a Bartender?
You’re in luck! Jobs for Bartenders in California are projected to grow and these jobs tend to pay higher than average.
Projected employment for Bartenders in California is growing faster than average.
Bartenders in California earn lower salaries than the typical U.S. wage earner.
How Many Bartenders Work in California?
66,320 people worked as Bartenders in 2018 in this state.
There were 61,900 Bartenders employed in this state in 2017.
That’s growth of 4,420 jobs between 2017 and 2018.
The typical state has 8,200 Bartenders working in it, which means California has more Bartenders than average.
Job Projections for California
Jobs for Bartenders in this state are growing at a rate of 12.5% which is faster than the nationwide estimated projection of 2.5%.
California Annual Job Openings
The BLS estimates there will be 10,810 annual job openings, and 65,500 total jobs in 2026 for Bartenders in this state.
Nationwide, the prediction is 102,300 annual jobs and 626,300 total jobs in 2026.
What do Bartenders Make in California?
In 2018 wages for Bartenders ranged from $22,560 to $46,060 with $25,670 being the median annual salary.
Broken down to an hourly rate, workers in this field made anywhere from $10.85 to $22.15. The median hourly rate was $12.34.
Workers in this field were paid a median of $13.29 an hour in 2017.
The hourly rate declined by $0.95.
The median salary in California is higher than the nationwide median salary.
Top California Metros for Bartenders
The table below shows some of the metros in this state with the most Bartenders.
|Metro||Number Employed||Annual Median Salary|
|Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA||22,680||$24,730|
|San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA||10,130||$30,090|
|San Diego-Carlsbad, CA||7,620||$25,020|
|Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA||5,130||$24,270|
|San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA||4,080||$29,500|
|Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA||1,390||$25,040|
|Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA||1,080||$24,610|
|San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA||800||$24,640|
|Santa Rosa, CA||790||$25,480|
|Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA||570||$26,690|
|El Centro, CA||140||$24,470|
|Yuba City, CA||110||$25,200|
Top States for Bartenders Employment
The table below shows the states where most Bartenders work.
|State||Number Employed||Annual Median Salary|
Below are the states where Bartenders get paid the most:
|State||Annual Median Salary|
|District of Columbia||$37,250|
What Major Will Prepare You For a Bartender Career?
- Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)
- College Factual
- National Center for Education Statistics
- O*NET Online
- Image Credit: By U.S. Army Europe Images under License
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