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Whether you’re just starting out your career, or looking to make a move, it can be important to know what part of the country offers the best chance for your long term career prospects. And for a very common profession like Bartenders, the regional differences can have a big impact on your salary and career options.
To help you make the best decision possible, we at Zippia wanted to look at the cities that offer bartenders the most for their career. These are the cities across the US where bartenders get paid well, relative to the cost of living, and jobs are plentiful.
So we did what we do best and dove into the numbers from the BLS to figure out which cities have the best opportunities for bartenders.The result is this list of the best cities bartenders:
So there you have it — Fairbanks is the best city when it comes to being a bartender.
And where should you consider avoiding if you’re a bartender? That would be Dover.
Read on to see how we completed our research on the best cities for bartenders and for more on the top ten cities.
Here at Zippia, we talk to a lot of people of all different backgrounds looking for jobs. Our research has concluded that there are two common things people want in a job:
So in order to find out the best cities for bartenders in America we needed to figure out where the jobs are and how well bartenders get paid. This led to the following criteria taken from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’s Occupational Employment Statistics for 2015:
To make all the salary numbers more apples to apples across cities, we compared the salary data relative to the state’s cost of living.
This left us with enough data for 403 metro areas across the country. We then took the primary area of the metro and labeled that the ‘city’ for this analysis. So, for example, “Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division” became simply Boston.
In order to develop an overall ranking, we ranked each city for each criteria from 1 to 403 where 1 was the best.
We then averaged all the rankings for a city into a Job Score with the city having the lowest overall Job Score earning the distinction of being the best city for bartenders in America.
So without further ado, let’s get into just what made each city so great for bartenders.
Total Jobs: 330
Average Annual Salary: $28,650
Average Entry Level Salary: $20,790
Location Quotient: 2.03
Total Jobs: 270
Average Annual Salary: $30,970
Average Entry Level Salary: $19,830
Location Quotient: 1.37
Total Jobs: 130
Average Annual Salary: $32,470
Average Entry Level Salary: $25,010
Location Quotient: 1.26
Total Jobs: 530
Average Annual Salary: $21,710
Average Entry Level Salary: $18,230
Location Quotient: 1.91
Total Jobs: 430
Average Annual Salary: $35,330
Average Entry Level Salary: $19,860
Location Quotient: 1.24
Total Jobs: 590
Average Annual Salary: $27,370
Average Entry Level Salary: $19,950
Location Quotient: 1.36
Total Jobs: 220
Average Annual Salary: $28,260
Average Entry Level Salary: $19,520
Location Quotient: 1.45
Total Jobs: 6,550
Average Annual Salary: $34,100
Average Entry Level Salary: $20,510
Location Quotient: 1.5
Total Jobs: 400
Average Annual Salary: $25,730
Average Entry Level Salary: $17,950
Location Quotient: 1.27
Total Jobs: 320
Average Annual Salary: $31,850
Average Entry Level Salary: $17,540
Location Quotient: 1.28
If you’re looking to start out your career as a bartender these are the cities that should be at the top of your list. You’ll find high pay, available jobs, and chances for career advancement.
If you’re curious, here are the worst cities to be a bartender in America:
|2||Mount Vernon, WA||$30,970|
|3||Walla Walla, WA||$32,470|
|4||Rapid City, SD||$21,710|
|8||San Francisco, CA||$34,100|
|10||Santa Fe, NM||$31,850|
|14||Myrtle Beach, SC||$23,360|
|20||Great Falls, MT||$20,740|
|22||Sioux Falls, SD||$20,790|
|29||Grants Pass, OR||$21,770|
|32||Michigan City, IN||$21,920|
|37||The Villages, FL||$25,530|
|42||San Angelo, TX||$30,040|
|44||Atlantic City, NJ||$28,930|
|47||Hilton Head Island, SC||$19,930|
|48||Grand Forks, ND||$19,840|
|49||St. Louis, MO||$21,680|
|51||San Luis Obispo, CA||$32,180|
|53||South Bend, IN||$21,190|
|56||North Port, FL||$27,490|
|57||Santa Rosa, CA||$30,620|
|62||Las Vegas, NV||$28,070|
|63||Port St. Lucie, FL||$26,430|
|65||Santa Maria, CA||$30,700|
|66||Fort Lauderdale, FL||$29,020|
|67||Ann Arbor, MI||$30,200|
|69||Panama City, FL||$25,610|
|72||San Antonio, TX||$23,700|
|74||Palm Bay, FL||$25,680|
|75||San Diego, CA||$30,790|
|76||San Rafael, CA||$28,370|
|83||Louisville/Jefferson County, KY||$20,440|
|89||Ocean City, NJ||$24,780|
|91||Grand Rapids, MI||$21,210|
|93||Punta Gorda, FL||$24,070|
|97||Cape Coral, FL||$23,910|
|99||Fort Wayne, IN||$20,820|
|100||Battle Creek, MI||$23,800|
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