How Much Do Baristas Make in 2021 (including Starting Salary)

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2021 Annual Salary, Salary Range, and Highest Paying States and Industries


Baristas prepare or serve specialty coffee or other beverages. Serve food such as baked goods or sandwiches to patrons.

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Table of contents
  1. Average salary
  2. Starting salary
  3. Salary rank
  4. Salary range
  5. Highest paying states
  6. Highest paying industries

Average salary

Annual salary
$28910 per year
Hourly wage
$14 per hour

Starting salary

Entry-level annual salary
$17,940 to $19,620 per year
Entry-level hourly wage
$9 to $9 per hour

Entry-level Baristas with little to no experience can expect to make anywhere between $17,940 to $19,620 per year or $9 to $9 per hour. Similar to any other job, their salary will increase as they gain experience.

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Salary rank

Salary rank

We wanted to make it easy for our readers to compare the salary of Baristas to all the other careers out there. So we created Salary Rank. We compared the salary of all careers then we gave them a rank of A, B, C, or D depending on where their average salary sit in comparison to other careers.

Salary range

Level Hourly Annual
Highest (Top 10%) $23 $47,690
Senior (Top 25%) $15 $32,130
Middle (Mid 50%) $12 $24,960
Junior (Bottom 25%) $9 $19,620
No experience (Bottom 10%) $9 $17,940

Highest paying states

State Hourly Annual
HI $29 $60,380
DC $26 $54,320
AZ $20 $41,810
WA $20 $40,910
NY $19 $40,460
VT $19 $38,650
CO $17 $35,010
CT $17 $34,340
CA $16 $33,890
MA $16 $33,810

Another simple way to increase your salary as a Barista is to move to a higher paying state. However moving to a higher paying state like HI doesn’t guarantee that you will make more because the expenses at HI might be much higher than where you are currently living at right now.

According to BLS, the highest paid Baristas are in the states of HI, DC, AZ, WA and NY.

Highest paying industries

Salary by industry Annual Hourly
Other Personal Services $32520 $15.64
Traveler Accommodation $32090 $15.43
Grantmaking and Giving Services $32080 $15.42
Employment Services $31710 $15.25
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods $31260 $15.03
Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Facilities for the Elderly $31190 $14.99
State Government $31170 $14.99
Technical and Trade Schools $31060 $14.93
Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation, Water $30940 $14.87
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools $30580 $14.70
Restaurants and Other Eating Places $30400 $14.62
Other Schools and Instruction $30080 $14.46
Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events $29860 $14.36
Special Food Services $29380 $14.13
Performing Arts Companies $29340 $14.10
Spectator Sports $29110 $13.99
Food and Beverage Stores $29030 $13.95
Beverage Manufacturing $28970 $13.93
RV (Recreational Vehicle) Parks and Recreational Camps $28690 $13.80
Motion Picture and Video Industries $28270 $13.59
Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations $28220 $13.57
Sporting Goods, Hobby, and Musical Instrument Stores $27750 $13.34
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries $27460 $13.20
Other Support Services $27380 $13.16
Gambling Industries $27300 $13.12
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) $26970 $12.97
Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services $26960 $12.96
Amusement Parks and Arcades $26730 $12.85
Junior Colleges $26600 $12.79
Real Estate $26110 $12.55

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