These Are The 10 Best States For Bartenders

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. Florida
  2. Washington
  3. Illinois
  4. Texas
  5. Wyoming
  6. Vermont
  7. Arizona
  8. Nevada
  9. Michigan
  10. Nebraska

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:

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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 2016:

  • 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 $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.

1. Florida

Best States For Bartenders

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 42,510
Average Annual Salary: $29,330
Average Entry Level Salary: $17,730
Average Experienced Salary: $46,530
Location Quotient: 1.2

2. Washington

Best States For Bartenders

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 13,520
Average Annual Salary: $31,100
Average Entry Level Salary: $20,830
Average Experienced Salary: $48,970
Location Quotient: 1.03

3. Illinois

Best States For Bartenders

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 26,410
Average Annual Salary: $24,160
Average Entry Level Salary: $18,040
Average Experienced Salary: $39,860
Location Quotient: 1.04

4. Texas

Best States For Bartenders

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 40,160
Average Annual Salary: $26,800
Average Entry Level Salary: $16,370
Average Experienced Salary: $47,900
Location Quotient: 0.8

5. Wyoming

Best States For Bartenders

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 2,180
Average Annual Salary: $21,910
Average Entry Level Salary: $16,300
Average Experienced Salary: $34,750
Location Quotient: 1.84

6. Vermont

Best States For Bartenders

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 1,880
Average Annual Salary: $30,940
Average Entry Level Salary: $19,980
Average Experienced Salary: $54,810
Location Quotient: 1.43

7. Arizona

Best States For Bartenders

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 11,150
Average Annual Salary: $25,240
Average Entry Level Salary: $17,560
Average Experienced Salary: $43,800
Location Quotient: 0.98

8. Nevada

Best States For Bartenders

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 14,870
Average Annual Salary: $27,920
Average Entry Level Salary: $16,800
Average Experienced Salary: $39,100
Location Quotient: 2.72

9. Michigan

Best States For Bartenders

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 17,640
Average Annual Salary: $22,290
Average Entry Level Salary: $17,990
Average Experienced Salary: $32,260
Location Quotient: 0.97

10. Nebraska

Best States For Bartenders

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 5,610
Average Annual Salary: $21,440
Average Entry Level Salary: $18,860
Average Experienced Salary: $27,150
Location Quotient: 1.35

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. Connecticut
  3. New Hampshire

For more reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best States For bartenders

Rank State Average Salary Entry Level Salary # Of People
1 Florida $29,330 $17,730 42,510
2 Washington $31,100 $20,830 13,520
3 Illinois $24,160 $18,040 26,410
4 Texas $26,800 $16,370 40,160
5 Wyoming $21,910 $16,300 2,180
6 Vermont $30,940 $19,980 1,880
7 Arizona $25,240 $17,560 11,150
8 Nevada $27,920 $16,800 14,870
9 Michigan $22,290 $17,990 17,640
10 Nebraska $21,440 $18,860 5,610
11 Utah $27,220 $16,760 2,290
12 Oklahoma $22,430 $16,200 5,420
13 Colorado $25,400 $17,920 12,560
14 Indiana $22,200 $16,330 12,270
15 Virginia $29,790 $16,910 10,590
16 North Carolina $24,160 $16,320 11,890
17 Alaska $31,560 $21,170 1,740
18 Ohio $21,520 $17,580 22,950
19 Missouri $21,320 $16,770 9,910
20 New Mexico $23,600 $16,650 2,730
21 Hawaii $41,160 $19,550 3,200
22 Minnesota $21,900 $19,120 17,270
23 Tennessee $21,160 $16,240 7,500
24 Idaho $21,390 $16,170 2,890
25 Arkansas $20,800 $17,070 2,160
26 Iowa $19,980 $16,150 8,070
27 Alabama $21,760 $16,190 3,700
28 Maine $24,410 $16,880 3,180
29 Delaware $23,040 $17,670 2,110
30 Wisconsin $20,590 $16,320 28,120
31 South Dakota $21,860 $18,550 3,160
32 Oregon $25,290 $19,830 9,040
33 California $32,280 $20,820 57,340
34 Massachusetts $29,620 $20,810 17,680
35 Montana $20,600 $17,610 5,340
36 Mississippi $19,570 $16,100 2,430
37 New Jersey $28,710 $19,140 14,740
38 Kentucky $20,480 $16,140 4,070
39 New York $28,740 $18,990 43,670
40 Pennsylvania $21,620 $16,400 32,390
41 West Virginia $19,970 $18,390 2,560
42 North Dakota $20,430 $16,280 3,690
43 Rhode Island $23,830 $19,980 3,690
44 Georgia $20,500 $16,110 10,410
45 Kansas $19,830 $16,140 4,240
46 South Carolina $21,460 $16,220 7,560
47 Louisiana $19,640 $16,170 9,190
48 New Hampshire $22,300 $16,250 3,520
49 Connecticut $23,930 $19,970 7,740
50 Maryland $24,860 $17,640 10,080
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