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Here’s the Minimum Wage for Bartenders in All 50 States

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Understanding minimum wage for bartenders (or other tipped employees) is much different than understanding the minimum wage for, say, a grocery store cashier. How much money you make as a bartender largely depends on the state in which you live, and it all begins with the federal definition and rules regarding tipped employees. Here’s where it starts to get complicated: The federal government defines a tipped employee as someone who receives at least $30 a month in tips. The federal minimum wage is $2.13, and employers can count a portion of the tips an employee receives toward their wage, which is known as a tip credit. Beyond those rules, it’s largely up to the states to decide how much or how little a bartender or other tipped employee makes at the base level.

Note: In states with a tip credit option for employers, we listed the wage that employees will see as “effective rate.” If states have a minimum amount a bartender or bar must make before being counted as a tipped employee, it’s noted in parenthesis.

Here is the minimum wage for bartenders in all 50 states (according to the U.S. Department of Labor).

Alabama: $2.13

Alaska: $9.84

Arizona: $10.50 (effective rate)

Arkansas:
$8.50 (effective rate for employees that make at least $20 in tips monthly)

California:
$10.50 (for a bar of 25 employees or less)
$11.00 (26 employees or more)

Colorado:
$10.20 (effective rate for employees that make at least $30 in tips monthly)

Connecticut: $8.23 (effective rate)

Delaware:
$8.25 (effective rate for employees that make at least $30 in tips monthly)

Florida: $8.25 (effective rate)

Georgia: $2.13

Hawaii:
$10.10 (effective rate for employees that make at least $20 in tips monthly)

Idaho: $7.25

Illinois: $8.25 (effective rate for employees that make at least $20 in tips monthly)

Indiana: $7.25

Iowa: $7.25

Kansas: $7.25

Kentucky: $7.25

Louisiana: $2.13

Maine:
$10 (effective rate for employees that make at least $30 in tips monthly)

Maryland:
$9.25 (effective rate for employees that make at least $30 in tips monthly)

Massachusetts:
$11 (effective rate for employees that make at least $30 in tips monthly)

Michigan: $9.25 (effective rate)

Minnesota:
$7.87 (in bars with gross annual sales less than $500,000)
$9.65 (for bars with gross annual sales over $500,000)

Mississippi: $2.13

Missouri: $7.85 (effective rate)

Montana:
$4 (in bars with gross annual sales less than $110,000)
$8.30 (for bars with gross annual sales over $110,000)

Nebraska: $9.00 (effective rate)

Nevada:
$7.25 (with health insurance)
$8.25 (without health insurance)

New Hampshire: $7.25

New Jersey: $8.60 (effective rate)

New Mexico: $7.50 (effective rate)

New York: $10.40 (effective rate)

North Carolina: $7.25

North Dakota: $7.25

Ohio:
$7.25 (effective rate at bars with annual gross receipts under $305,000)
$8.30 (effective rate at bars with annual gross receipts over $305,000)

Oklahoma: $7.25

Oregon: $10.25

Pennsylvania: $7.25

Rhode Island: $10.10 (effective rate)

South Carolina: $2.13

South Dakota:
$8.85 (effective rate for employees that make at least $35 in tips monthly)

Tennessee: $2.13

Texas: $7.25

Utah: $7.25

Vermont:
$10.50 (effective rate for employees that make at least $120 in tips monthly)

Virginia: $7.25

Washington: $11.50

West Virginia: $8.75 (effective rate)

Wisconsin: $7.25

Wyoming: $5.15 (effective rate)

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