Barista earnings by seniority

90th percentile

Top-level barista earnings begin at:

$10.43 per hour

$21,696 per year

75th percentile

Senior-level barista earnings begin at:

$9.47 per hour

$19,708 per year

50th percentile

Mid-level barista earnings begin at:

$8.52 per hour

$17,712 per year

25th percentile

Junior-level barista earnings begin at:

$7.65 per hour

$15,918 per year

10th percentile

Starting level barista earnings begin at:

$6.95 per hour

$14,460 per year

Approximate values based on highest and lowest earning segments.

Barista salary by state

State Name Average Salary
District of Columbia $28,910
Alaska $28,089
Hawaii $26,871
California $26,198
Oregon $26,020
New York $25,680
Washington $25,460
Massachusetts $25,080
Nevada $24,190
Rhode Island $24,030
Vermont $24,010
Connecticut $23,960
North Dakota $23,850
Colorado $23,330
Florida $23,264
Michigan $22,870
Minnesota $22,350
Illinois $22,324
Maine $22,150
Maryland $22,050
New Hampshire $21,930
Arizona $21,404
Iowa $21,303
Missouri $21,300
Virgin Islands, U.S. $21,280
Ohio $21,150
Kansas $21,033
Georgia $20,781
Idaho $20,712
Virginia $20,700
Pennsylvania $20,690
Nebraska $20,500
South Dakota $20,430
West Virginia $20,370
Utah $20,210
New Jersey $20,170
Montana $20,120
Delaware $19,990
Texas $19,718
Wyoming $19,640
Guam $19,580
North Carolina $19,570
New Mexico $19,370
Indiana $19,311
Tennessee $19,270
Arkansas $19,174
South Carolina $19,150
Alabama $19,093
Wisconsin $18,850
Oklahoma $18,760
Mississippi $18,720
Puerto Rico $18,120
Louisiana $18,110
Kentucky $17,712

How do barista salaries compare to similar careers?

Baristas earn 9% less than similar careers in Kentucky. On average, they make less than restaurant cooks.

Career Median Salary
Restaurant cook salary $20K
Amusement attendant salary $19K
Maitre d' salary $20K
Food preparation worker salary $19K
Food server salary $19K
Barista salary $18K

Source: CareerExplorer (Aggregated)