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Bartenders in Kentucky

Want to work in Kentucky as a Bartender? Read this first!

1.2% Jobs Projection
$18,500 Median Salary
830 Job Openings

You’re in luck! Jobs for Bartenders in Kentucky are projected to grow and these jobs tend to pay higher than average.

  • Projected employment for Bartenders in Kentucky is growing slower than average.

  • Bartenders in Kentucky earn lower salaries than the typical U.S. wage earner.

How Many Bartenders Work in Kentucky?

There were approximately 4,610 workers employed as Bartenders in this state in 2018.

There were 4,530 Bartenders employed in this state in 2017.

That’s growth of 80 jobs between 2017 and 2018.

Bartenders in KY Employment Trend

The typical state has 8,200 Bartenders working in it, which means Kentucky has fewer Bartenders than average.

Bartenders in KY vs. the Average State

Job Projections for Kentucky

Jobs for Bartenders in this state are growing at a rate of 1.2% which is slower than the nationwide estimated projection of 2.5%.

Job Projections for Bartenders: Nation vs. KY

Kentucky Annual Job Openings

The BLS estimates there will be 830 annual job openings, and 5,080 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 Kentucky?

In 2018 wages for Bartenders ranged from $16,250 to $24,610 with $18,500 being the median annual salary.

Broken down to an hourly rate, workers in this field made anywhere from $7.81 to $11.83. The median hourly rate was $8.89.

Workers in this field were paid a median of $8.77 an hour in 2017.

The hourly rate grew by $0.12.

The median salary in Kentucky is higher than the nationwide median salary.

Bartenders Earnings: KY vs. National Average

Top Kentucky Metros for Bartenders

The table below shows some of the metros in this state with the most Bartenders.

Metro Number Employed Annual Median Salary
Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN 4,320 $18,960
Louisville/Jefferson County, KY-IN 2,240 $18,630
Lexington-Fayette, KY 940 $18,260
Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH 440 $19,900
Evansville, IN-KY 420 $18,960
Clarksville, TN-KY 260 $32,560
Owensboro, KY 160 $19,430
Bowling Green, KY 70 $18,630

Top States for Bartenders Employment

The table below shows the states where most Bartenders work.

State Number Employed Annual Median Salary
California 66,320 $25,670
Florida 45,170 $19,540
New York 44,370 $29,350
Texas 42,410 $19,970
Pennsylvania 33,150 $20,270
Illinois 28,570 $19,540
Wisconsin 26,330 $21,020
Ohio 23,980 $19,280
Massachusetts 21,380 $25,660
Michigan 17,500 $19,940
New Jersey 17,360 $27,850
Minnesota 16,790 $21,820
Nevada 15,050 $24,600
Washington 13,630 $29,820
North Carolina 13,360 $19,980
Arizona 11,990 $22,700
Indiana 11,680 $19,600
Missouri 11,600 $20,100
Colorado 11,390 $21,230
Georgia 11,240 $18,670

Below are the states where Bartenders get paid the most:

State Annual Median Salary
Hawaii $54,470
District of Columbia $37,250
Vermont $36,010
Washington $29,820
New York $29,350
New Jersey $27,850
Alaska $26,000
California $25,670
Massachusetts $25,660
Rhode Island $24,630


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