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Bartenders in Virginia

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5.6% Jobs Projection
$22,980 Median Salary
1,840 Job Openings

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

  • Projected employment for Bartenders in Virginia is growing faster than average.

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

How Many Bartenders Work in Virginia?

10,400 people worked as Bartenders in 2018 in this state.

There were 9,970 Bartenders employed in this state in 2017.

That’s growth of 430 jobs between 2017 and 2018.


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


Job Projections for Virginia

Jobs for Bartenders in this state are growing at a rate of 5.6% which is faster than the nationwide estimated projection of 2.5%.


Virginia Annual Job Openings

The BLS estimates there will be 1,840 annual job openings, and 11,200 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 Virginia?

In 2018 wages for Bartenders ranged from $16,790 to $41,440 with $22,980 being the median annual salary.

Broken down to an hourly rate, workers in this field made anywhere from $8.07 to $19.92. The median hourly rate was $11.05.

Workers in this field were paid a median of $11.11 an hour in 2017.

The hourly rate declined by $0.06.

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


Top Virginia Metros for Bartenders

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

Metro Number Employed Annual Median Salary
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 11,660 $26,560
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 2,540 $22,020
Richmond, VA 1,680 $30,060
Charlottesville, VA 540 $23,940
Roanoke, VA 310 $19,370
Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA 270 $22,800
Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol, TN-VA 220 $19,430
Winchester, VA-WV 200 $28,460
Harrisonburg, VA 180 $33,690

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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