Peet’s or Starbucks: Can you guess which coffee chain pays better?
Baristas are brewing better paychecks.
New data out today from Glassdoor reveals that the average barista makes $24,194 per year — a 5.7% increase from last year. “Over the past few months, baristas have had the second-fastest growing paychecks of all the job titles … That’s right, the folks who make your half-caff, grande, no whip mocha are in high demand and they are experiencing a rapid increase in base pay,” Glassdoor wrote in its report.
Baristas are in demand – and getting raises – because Americans are drinking, on average, at least $21 worth of coffee every week. As Moneyish previously reported, Americans drink an estimated $48 billion of coffee every year, and, around the world, coffee lovers are drinking 400 billion cups of the good stuff annually.
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Some coffee chains pay better than others. At Peet’s Coffee, the average pay for baristas is $21,895 per year, according to Glassdoor, and base pay starts at $11 per hour. That’s better than Starbucks, where average total compensation is $19,921 per year and base salary is $10, per hour, Glassdoor notes. (Of course, Starbucks offers its employees plenty of perks, like full tuition reimbursement at a four-year online bachelor’s degree program, stock options, and more.)
Your pay as a barista also depends on where you live. Baristas in San Francisco, California, are earning the most — a median base pay of $29,371 per year, which is a 6.1% increase over their earnings last year.
Here are the 5 highest-paying cities for baristas.
|Median base pay||
Year-over-year pay growth
|1. San Francisco, California||$29,371||+6.1%|
|2. Seattle, Washington||$28,503||+5.7%|
|3. New York City||$26,662||+5.6%|
|4. Boston, Massachusetts||$26,552||+6.1%|
|5. Los Angeles, California||$26,514||+5.8%|
As far as the other cities on the list, all were places where baristas can earn at least $20,000 per year. These include Chicago, IL; Atlanta, GA; Philadelphia, PA; Washington, D.C.; and Houston, TX, which was the lowest-ranked city on the list. There, baristas are bagging an average of $21,996 per year.
The average salaries of baristas in the ten top cities range from the low to high $20,000’s, but are reflected in those cities’ average living costs. For instance, in San Francisco, where baristas earn the most, the average rental cost for a 900 square foot apartment is an expensive $3,595; versus in Houston, where similar housing costs just $1,231 per month. These dramatic disparities could help explain why baristas are earning such variable incomes in different parts of the nation.
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