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:
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 youre interested, you can read more about the job scene here:
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 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 2016:
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 $32,280 and the average salary in Illinois is $24,160, 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.
Total Jobs: 42,510
Average Annual Salary: $29,330
Average Entry Level Salary: $17,730
Average Experienced Salary: $46,530
Location Quotient: 1.2
Total Jobs: 13,520
Average Annual Salary: $31,100
Average Entry Level Salary: $20,830
Average Experienced Salary: $48,970
Location Quotient: 1.03
Total Jobs: 26,410
Average Annual Salary: $24,160
Average Entry Level Salary: $18,040
Average Experienced Salary: $39,860
Location Quotient: 1.04
Total Jobs: 40,160
Average Annual Salary: $26,800
Average Entry Level Salary: $16,370
Average Experienced Salary: $47,900
Location Quotient: 0.8
Total Jobs: 2,180
Average Annual Salary: $21,910
Average Entry Level Salary: $16,300
Average Experienced Salary: $34,750
Location Quotient: 1.84
Total Jobs: 1,880
Average Annual Salary: $30,940
Average Entry Level Salary: $19,980
Average Experienced Salary: $54,810
Location Quotient: 1.43
Total Jobs: 11,150
Average Annual Salary: $25,240
Average Entry Level Salary: $17,560
Average Experienced Salary: $43,800
Location Quotient: 0.98
Total Jobs: 14,870
Average Annual Salary: $27,920
Average Entry Level Salary: $16,800
Average Experienced Salary: $39,100
Location Quotient: 2.72
Total Jobs: 17,640
Average Annual Salary: $22,290
Average Entry Level Salary: $17,990
Average Experienced Salary: $32,260
Location Quotient: 0.97
Total Jobs: 5,610
Average Annual Salary: $21,440
Average Entry Level Salary: $18,860
Average Experienced Salary: $27,150
Location Quotient: 1.35
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:
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