Average Cocktail Server Salary
$22,000 yearly
$7.86 hourly
Updated July 28, 2021
$17,000
10 %
$22,000
Median
$29,000
90 %
Cocktail servers in the United States make an average salary of $22,839 per year or $10.98 per hour. People on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $17,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $29,000. As most things go, location can be critical. New York, Massachusetts, Alaska, Vermont, and Oregon provide the highest cocktail server salaries.

Average Cocktail Server Salary By State

The darker areas on the map show where cocktail servers earn the highest salaries across all 50 states.

Average Salary

Cocktail Server average salary by State

StateascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdesc
Alabama
Alabama
$16,984
$16,984
$8.17
$8.17
Alaska
Alaska
$27,692
$27,692
$13.31
$13.31
Arizona
Arizona
$20,088
$20,088
$9.66
$9.66
Arkansas
Arkansas
$17,167
$17,167
$8.25
$8.25
California
California
$24,660
$24,660
$11.86
$11.86
Colorado
Colorado
$22,397
$22,397
$10.77
$10.77
Connecticut
Connecticut
$22,576
$22,576
$10.85
$10.85
Delaware
Delaware
$20,059
$20,059
$9.64
$9.64
District of Columbia
District of Columbia
$27,057
$27,057
$13.01
$13.01
Florida
Florida
$18,153
$18,153
$8.73
$8.73
Georgia
Georgia
$17,187
$17,187
$8.26
$8.26
Hawaii
Hawaii
$20,331
$20,331
$9.77
$9.77
Idaho
Idaho
$21,050
$21,050
$10.12
$10.12
Illinois
Illinois
$21,289
$21,289
$10.24
$10.24
Indiana
Indiana
$17,946
$17,946
$8.63
$8.63
Iowa
Iowa
$18,716
$18,716
$9.00
$9.00
Kansas
Kansas
$19,450
$19,450
$9.35
$9.35
Kentucky
Kentucky
$19,655
$19,655
$9.45
$9.45
Louisiana
Louisiana
$18,044
$18,044
$8.68
$8.68
Maine
Maine
$24,404
$24,404
$11.73
$11.73
Maryland
Maryland
$19,129
$19,129
$9.20
$9.20
Massachusetts
Massachusetts
$29,811
$29,811
$14.33
$14.33
Michigan
Michigan
$19,933
$19,933
$9.58
$9.58
Minnesota
Minnesota
$21,997
$21,997
$10.58
$10.58
Mississippi
Mississippi
$19,293
$19,293
$9.28
$9.28
Missouri
Missouri
$18,412
$18,412
$8.85
$8.85
Montana
Montana
$16,120
$16,120
$7.75
$7.75
Nebraska
Nebraska
$20,233
$20,233
$9.73
$9.73
Nevada
Nevada
$20,212
$20,212
$9.72
$9.72
New Hampshire
New Hampshire
$21,770
$21,770
$10.47
$10.47
New Jersey
New Jersey
$23,161
$23,161
$11.14
$11.14
New Mexico
New Mexico
$17,587
$17,587
$8.46
$8.46
New York
New York
$31,269
$31,269
$15.03
$15.03
North Carolina
North Carolina
$18,015
$18,015
$8.66
$8.66
North Dakota
North Dakota
$20,620
$20,620
$9.91
$9.91
Ohio
Ohio
$16,982
$16,982
$8.16
$8.16
Oklahoma
Oklahoma
$16,286
$16,286
$7.83
$7.83
Oregon
Oregon
$26,839
$26,839
$12.90
$12.90
Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania
$21,691
$21,691
$10.43
$10.43
Rhode Island
Rhode Island
$26,184
$26,184
$12.59
$12.59
South Carolina
South Carolina
$17,838
$17,838
$8.58
$8.58
South Dakota
South Dakota
$18,867
$18,867
$9.07
$9.07
Tennessee
Tennessee
$18,502
$18,502
$8.90
$8.90
Texas
Texas
$17,379
$17,379
$8.36
$8.36
Utah
Utah
$18,651
$18,651
$8.97
$8.97
Vermont
Vermont
$27,080
$27,080
$13.02
$13.02
Virginia
Virginia
$17,133
$17,133
$8.24
$8.24
Washington
Washington
$26,596
$26,596
$12.79
$12.79
West Virginia
West Virginia
$20,030
$20,030
$9.63
$9.63
Wisconsin
Wisconsin
$19,525
$19,525
$9.39
$9.39
Wyoming
Wyoming
$18,792
$18,792
$9.03
$9.03

Highest Paying Cities For Cocktail Server

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CityascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdesc
Reno, NV
Reno, NV
$22,085
$22,085
$10.62
$10.62
Chicago, IL
Chicago, IL
$21,328
$21,328
$10.25
$10.25
Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
$20,108
$20,108
$9.67
$9.67
Dallas, TX
Dallas, TX
$17,256
$17,256
$8.30
$8.30

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Location

    Average JOB Salary by Field

    Waitress

    Avg. salary: $20,246

    Waitresses are responsible for ensuring that guests are given proper attention during their visit to the restaurant. They guide guests to their table, provide menu boards, answer any questions the guests may have, take the guests' order, and communicate the order to the kitchen. Once the order is ready, waitresses collect the food from the kitchen and serve it to the guests. They then give guests time to finish their meal. Upon the guests' request, waitresses bring them their bill and wait for them to finish paying up. Once the guests leave, waitresses are responsible for ensuring that the table is ready for the next guests.
    73,088 Waitress Jobs
    Server And Hostess

    Avg. salary: $23,580

    A server and hostess is an employee who plays the dual role of both a hostess and a server. As implied by this, a server and hostess is in-charge of welcoming guests as they enter the restaurant, ensuring that the guests' tables are ready before leading them to their assigned tables, handing over the menu, and waiting for the guests to finalize their order. Once the guests are ready to order, the server and hostess takes on the server role by bringing the guests' order to the kitchen, waiting for the food to be ready, and bringing the food to the guests' table.
    45,591 Server And Hostess Jobs
    Server/Barista

    Avg. salary: $22,887

    A server/barista is someone who makes and serves beverages and foods, such as coffee, tea, and sandwiches or baked goods. He or she should be able to explain menu items to customers to ensure customer satisfaction. Other responsibilities include knowing food and beverage quality controls and updating displays to attract customers. The core skills that a server/barista should possess include excellent listening and communication skills and the ability to cope up with a physically demanding work environment. A candidate with a high school diploma or equivalent could qualify for the position.
    50,852 Server/Barista Jobs
    Fine Dining Server

    Avg. salary: $26,421

    Fine dining servers the people who make your stay at a restaurant enjoyable. They deliver well-written orders for the kitchen to prepare and bring your food and beverage. Being a fine dining server is no easy task, as certain skill sets need to be met in order to become an effective dining server. An efficient server is detail-oriented, observant to the needs of the diners, and intuitive. An extensive knowledge of wines and other specific food categories may be required depending on the restaurant.
    65,369 Fine Dining Server Jobs
    Dining Room Server

    Avg. salary: $25,833

    A dining room server performs various tasks to give patrons a positive dining experience. Their job usually entails greeting customers and presenting the menu, taking their orders, answering inquiries, recommending products and other services, serving drinks and food, and handling concerns professionally and courteously. They are also responsible for coordinating with cashiers and kitchen staff, cleaning and preparing tables for new customers, and assisting staff as needed. In some establishments, a dining room server may also participate in preparing drinks or ingredients, monitoring supply inventories, and collecting payments.
    51,840 Dining Room Server Jobs
    Bartender Server

    Avg. salary: $21,451

    Bartender servers are employees who work in the restaurant's bar area. They are responsible for assembling customers' drink orders and serving these to customers. They should be sound drink mixers and must be familiar with cocktail combinations and other mixes. They should also know the ingredients of the restaurant's drinks and should be able to use alternatives should specific components be unavailable. Some bartender servers engage in flairtending, a way of mixing drinks that entertains the guests waiting for their drinks.
    49,715 Bartender Server Jobs

    Which Companies Pay Cocktail Servers The Most?

    To earn a high income as a cocktail server, working for Cache Creek Casino Resort or Landry's might be your best bet, as they are the highest paying companies in this field. In addition, companies like BENCHMARK and Fairmont Regional Medical Center report highly competitive wages for cocktail servers.
    Company

    Recently Added Cocktail Server Salaries

    Location
    CompanyascdescJobascdescLocationascdescDate AddedascdescSalaryascdesc
    Tc/Cabaret Cocktail Server
    Tc/Cabaret Cocktail Server
    Ione, WA
    Ione, WA
    06/29/2021
    06/29/2021
    $33,392
    $33,392
    06/29/2021
    Cocktail Server, Big Meadows Lodge
    Cocktail Server, Big Meadows Lodge
    Luray, VA
    Luray, VA
    06/28/2021
    06/28/2021
    $19,827
    $19,827
    06/28/2021
    Bathtub Gin & Co.
    Bathtub Gin & Co.
    Cocktail Server
    Cocktail Server
    Cocktail Server
    Seattle, WA
    Seattle, WA
    06/26/2021
    06/26/2021
    $31,305
    $31,305
    06/26/2021
    Restaurant Servers/Cocktail Servers
    Restaurant Servers/Cocktail Servers
    Highlands, NJ
    Highlands, NJ
    06/26/2021
    06/26/2021
    $14,609
    $14,609
    06/26/2021
    Aquatics Center Cocktail Server
    Aquatics Center Cocktail Server
    Colorado Springs, CO
    Colorado Springs, CO
    06/23/2021
    06/23/2021
    $25,712
    $25,712
    06/23/2021
    Cocktail Server, Wright's Bar-Arizona Biltmore
    Cocktail Server, Wright's Bar-Arizona Biltmore
    Phoenix, AZ
    Phoenix, AZ
    06/14/2021
    06/14/2021
    $18,783
    $18,783
    06/14/2021
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    Cocktail Server
    Cocktail Server
    Cocktail Server
    Saint Louis, MO
    Saint Louis, MO
    06/14/2021
    06/14/2021
    $12,835
    $12,835
    06/14/2021
    Cocktail Server
    Cocktail Server
    Grand Canyon Village, AZ
    Grand Canyon Village, AZ
    06/08/2021
    06/08/2021
    $19,305
    $19,305
    06/08/2021
    Hotel St. Francis
    Hotel St. Francis
    Cocktail Server
    Cocktail Server
    Cocktail Server
    Santa Fe, NM
    Santa Fe, NM
    05/30/2021
    05/30/2021
    $25,712
    $25,712
    05/30/2021
    Cocktail Server, Big Meadows Lodge
    Cocktail Server, Big Meadows Lodge
    Luray, VA
    Luray, VA
    05/30/2021
    05/30/2021
    $19,827
    $19,827
    05/30/2021

    Average Cocktail Server Salary by Demographic

    Cocktail Server Gender Pay Gap

    male-income
    Male Income
    $23,585
    female-income
    Female Income
    $22,579
    Median Cocktail Server Income by Race
    Unknown cocktail servers have the highest average salary compared to other ethnicities. Black or african american cocktail servers have the lowest average salary at $22,360.
    $25,000
    $24,000
    $23,000
    $22,000
    White
    Black or African American
    Asian
    Unknown
    Hispanic or Latino
    Ethnicityascdesc
    Salaryascdesc
    White$23,120
    Black or African American$22,360
    Asian$23,145
    Unknown$23,456
    Hispanic or Latino$23,326
    Average Cocktail Server Salary by Education Level
    Cocktail servers with a Masters degree earn more than those without, at $24,988 annually. With a Bachelors degree, cocktail servers earn a median annual income of $24,834 compared to $23,734 for cocktail servers with an Associate degree.
    $26,000
    $25,000
    $24,000
    $23,000
    $22,000
    High School Diploma or Less
    Some College/ Associate Degree
    Bachelor's Degree
    Master's Degree
    Educationascdesc
    Salaryascdesc
    High School Diploma or Less$22,579
    Some College/ Associate Degree$23,734
    Bachelor's Degree$24,834
    Master's Degree$24,988