The 10 Best States For Bartenders In 2019

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
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Bartenders are one of the most common jobs in America. Additionally, a significant number of people work as bartenders in every state in the union — it’s not like they are all just concentrated in California or the South.

Since bartenders are such a prominent occupation, we at Zippia wanted to look at where bartenders have it the best: where there are plenty of jobs to go around and people get paid what they deserve during every phase of their career.

To that end, we dove into the numbers from the BLS to figure out which states have the best opportunities for bartenders.

After all the numbers had been crunched, we were left with this list of the best of best for America’s bartenders:

  1. Arizona
  2. Washington
  3. Vermont
  4. Missouri
  5. Michigan
  6. Colorado
  7. Florida
  8. Maine
  9. Texas
  10. Illinois

So there you have it — Bartenders is the best of the best when it comes to being a bartender.

How did Bartenders end up here and does it really deserve this ranking? Read on to see how we completed our research on the best states for bartenders and for more on the top ten states.

If you’re interested, you can read more about the job scene here:

How we determined the best states to be a bartender

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:

  • Availability of jobs
  • Higher Pay

So in order to find out the best states 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 2018:

  • Location quotient. A measure of how common a job is a given state.
  • Average annual salary.
  • Average annual salary for entry level work.
  • Average annual salary for experienced professionals.

To make all the salary numbers more apples to apples across states, we compared the salary data relative to the state’s cost of living.

Applying this standardization allows us to account for that fact that it costs more to live in certain in states. For example, the average salary for bartenders in California is $30,850 and the average salary in Illinois is $24,280, but the Illinois salary actually goes further in paying for life’s essentials.

In order to develop and overall ranking, we ranked each state for each criteria from 1 to 50 where 1 was the best.

We then averaged all the rankings for a state into a Job Score with the state having the lowest overall Job Score earning the distinction of being the best state for bartenders in America.

So without further ado, let’s get into just what made each state so great for bartenders.

1. Arizona

Best States For Bartenders

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 11,990
Average Annual Salary: $31,320
Average Entry Level Salary: $21,850
Average Experienced Salary: $55,740
Location Quotient: 0.98

2. Washington

Best States For Bartenders

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 13,630
Average Annual Salary: $35,390
Average Entry Level Salary: $24,410
Average Experienced Salary: $53,940
Location Quotient: 0.96

3. Vermont

Best States For Bartenders

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 2,070
Average Annual Salary: $36,720
Average Entry Level Salary: $21,860
Average Experienced Salary: $54,770
Location Quotient: 1.56

4. Missouri

Best States For Bartenders

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 11,600
Average Annual Salary: $26,480
Average Entry Level Salary: $17,410
Average Experienced Salary: $44,450
Location Quotient: 0.95

5. Michigan

Best States For Bartenders

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 17,500
Average Annual Salary: $24,070
Average Entry Level Salary: $19,260
Average Experienced Salary: $38,000
Location Quotient: 0.93

6. Colorado

Best States For Bartenders

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 11,390
Average Annual Salary: $27,520
Average Entry Level Salary: $21,220
Average Experienced Salary: $43,420
Location Quotient: 1.0

7. Florida

Best States For Bartenders

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 45,170
Average Annual Salary: $26,040
Average Entry Level Salary: $17,860
Average Experienced Salary: $43,640
Location Quotient: 1.2

8. Maine

Best States For Bartenders

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 2,790
Average Annual Salary: $29,320
Average Entry Level Salary: $20,810
Average Experienced Salary: $47,440
Location Quotient: 1.06

9. Texas

Best States For Bartenders

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 42,410
Average Annual Salary: $27,240
Average Entry Level Salary: $16,540
Average Experienced Salary: $48,100
Location Quotient: 0.8

10. Illinois

Best States For Bartenders

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 28,570
Average Annual Salary: $24,280
Average Entry Level Salary: $18,100
Average Experienced Salary: $38,920
Location Quotient: 1.09

There You Have It – The Best States To Be A Bartender

If you’re looking to start out your career as a bartender these are the states 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 states to be a bartender in America:

  1. Maryland
  2. New Mexico
  3. Louisiana

For more reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best States For bartenders

Rank State Average Salary Entry Level Salary # Of People
1 Arizona $31,320 $21,850 11,990
2 Washington $35,390 $24,410 13,630
3 Vermont $36,720 $21,860 2,070
4 Missouri $26,480 $17,410 11,600
5 Michigan $24,070 $19,260 17,500
6 Colorado $27,520 $21,220 11,390
7 Florida $26,040 $17,860 45,170
8 Maine $29,320 $20,810 2,790
9 Texas $27,240 $16,540 42,410
10 Illinois $24,280 $18,100 28,570
11 Hawaii $55,060 $24,050 3,450
12 Delaware $25,310 $18,490 2,290
13 Nevada $27,590 $16,850 15,050
14 Wyoming $22,060 $16,480 2,290
15 Idaho $22,920 $16,510 2,860
16 Utah $26,380 $16,710 2,560
17 Nebraska $22,140 $19,240 4,730
18 New York $34,800 $21,650 44,370
19 Indiana $21,970 $16,490 11,680
20 North Carolina $25,510 $16,570 13,360
21 Oklahoma $21,630 $16,260 5,740
22 Minnesota $23,560 $20,570 16,790
23 Ohio $21,880 $17,930 23,980
24 Wisconsin $22,740 $16,750 26,330
25 Iowa $21,220 $16,490 8,370
26 Oregon $26,660 $21,280 9,580
27 Massachusetts $31,170 $23,720 21,380
28 South Dakota $22,300 $18,860 3,360
29 Arkansas $21,140 $18,320 2,030
30 Rhode Island $27,100 $21,340 4,040
31 New Jersey $29,600 $19,420 17,360
32 Virginia $26,420 $16,790 10,400
33 Tennessee $21,180 $16,190 7,090
34 Pennsylvania $23,380 $16,540 33,150
35 Alabama $21,840 $16,420 4,440
36 Montana $21,570 $18,060 4,580
37 Mississippi $20,100 $16,230 2,480
38 West Virginia $21,740 $18,870 2,350
39 Georgia $21,590 $16,370 11,240
40 Alaska $28,180 $21,740 2,030
41 North Dakota $20,880 $16,600 4,110
42 Connecticut $26,970 $21,780 8,560
43 California $30,850 $22,560 66,320
44 New Hampshire $23,540 $16,490 4,110
45 South Carolina $22,010 $16,390 6,400
46 Kentucky $19,530 $16,250 4,610
47 Kansas $19,160 $16,080 4,850
48 Louisiana $19,350 $16,300 8,200
49 New Mexico $20,610 $16,730 2,480
50 Maryland $23,500 $19,260 10,210
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