Most bartenders learn on the job, but formal training is also available in bartending and technical schools and through online courses. Restaurants are the number one industry for bartending positions, followed by bars. The average bartender pay in Las Vegas was more than $13.00 per hour in 2013, higher than the national average, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Hourly Bartender Rates
As of 2012, nearly half of bartenders were part-time workers, according to the BLS. They averaged $13.31 hourly in 2013 in Las Vegas, compared to a nationwide average hourly wage of $10.46 for this profession. BLS statistics for the Las Vegas metropolitan area also include Paradise, Nevada. Nationwide, salaries ranged between $7.89 and $15.76 per hour in 2013.
Average Annual Pay
Full-time bartenders in the Las Vegas metro area averaged $27,680 per year in 2013, while the national average was $21,770 per year, according to the BLS. Las Vegas was in fourth place among metropolitan areas for the number of jobs for bartenders, reporting 10,680 positions, including full- and part-time. The greater New York City area had 20,420 bartending jobs, the most of any city, followed by Chicago and Los Angeles.
Top-Paying Bartender Jobs
The highest-paying industry nationwide for bartenders in 2013 was traveler accommodations, which paid an average annual wage of $27,030, according to the BLS. The top-paying state, Hawaii, reported full-time bartender pay averaging $33,710 annually. The highest-paying metro area was the combined Burlington and South Burlington region of Vermont, where full-time bartender pay averaged $32,040 per year.
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