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How Much Should I Pay A Barista?

Discover how much you should be paying your staff

Finding yourself a highly trained barista will save you a lot of heartache in the long run. These guys will facilitate a smooth-running, busy shift, promote speed of service and maintain consistency and quality. The passion and dedication that is required of these highly trained little lifesavers goes beyond that of the basic minimum wage. A good barista is relatively hard to come by. Paying well is good for business. It’s a common misconception to think you are saving money by paying your team less.

What is the average wage of a barista?

This is how much baristas get paid in the UK

The average hourly wage for a barista is £7.07 per hour. Many shop owners/managers pay basic minimum wage, however, times are changing. Being a barista is fast becoming a career choice and a highly trained barista is now being seen as somewhat of a coffee sommelier, a master of their art.

Excluding London, where the price of living is exponentially higher, a good barista wage is around £10-14 per hour. For a head barista you would need to consider a salary- a good head barista wage is anywhere between £20-25k, again depending on geographical location.

The benefits of paying well

Why it is important to keep your staff happy

A good, skilled team member will add money to the bottom line through good customer service, the speed of service and product knowledge. Ultimately, if they are not paid well they will jump ship, leaving you to spend time and money on training their replacement. Generally, the main motivator for a barista is learning and money is not necessarily a motivator, but being underpaid is a de-motivator. It is human nature to feel motivated when you feel valued in the workplace and paying your team that little bit extra facilitates this.

It is good practice to put a training scheme in place to reward and recognise baristas at every skill level. Generally, the head barista will carry out the training and create the training program and the baristas would receive small pay increases as they meet each target – this makes for a motivated, productive workforce.