Barista Wage Calculator
The sensitive topic of wages, salaries, experience and value to a coffee shop, café or roastery is ongoing on social media and wherever baristas and coffee professionals gather. Business owners, employers and staff need to have some kind of tool to establish, not only what an employee in their coffee business should earn based on their qualifications and experience, but also what is a liveable wage based on the employees actual circumstances.
This is the first survey in building the BWC tool with Open Data Durban and the support of Ciro Coffee Academy, Open Cities Lab, SCASA and Coffee Magazine. The information gathered in this questionnaire is confidential and anonymous. Please be as honest as possible. Barista is defined here as an individual that makes coffees in their establishment.
Which province do you work in?
Do you have permanent employment?
I only work casual shifts
What is your Job Description?
What are your duties and responsibilities? You may choose more than one:
Making espresso based beverages
Setting up your grinder each shift
Making coffee other ways ie Filter, Pour Over, Aeropress, Chemex
Making other beverages on the menu - smoothies, cocktails, milkshakes, tea
Training other staff members to make coffee
Handling money/cashier responsibilities
Supervisor or team leader (for example you organise staff shifts)
Placing orders for new stock from suppliers
Sculling/clearing dishes/washing dishes
Doing events outside the cafe/responsible for cafe set up
First Aid Officer
Cleaning the shop
Do you have any qualifications? You may tick more than one
In-store training from cafe
Certified by coffee shop or roaster
Competed at a Speciality Coffee Association of SA coffee competition
Visited a working coffee farm for education purposes
SETA Bar Attendant Certificate (Skills Programme)
Formal Training: UNISA Barista Skills Course
Formal Training: SCA Barista Skills Foundation
Formal Training: SCA Barista Skills Intermediate
Formal Training: SCA Barista Skills Professional
Any other SCA qualifications - Brewing, Roasting, Green Bean
Hospitality/Hotel School Diploma
Any other diploma/degree (in other fields/industries)
Do you have an employment contract?
How are your wages paid?
Salary into Bank Account
Cash per shift
How many hours do you work per week?
40hrs is a normal working week.
16hrs (2 days)
24hrs (3 days)
32hrs (4 days)
40hrs (5 days)
Do you work overtime?
Yes, every month
How much do you earn per month?
Amount in Rands as per your contract. We are looking for the Net amount that appears in your bank account.
R3500 - R4000
R4500 - R5000
R5000 - R5500
R5500 - R6500
R6500 - R8000
R8000 - R10000
R10000 - R12000
More than R12000
How much do you earn from overtime in an average month?
On average, how much do you earn in tips per day?
Less than R50
R175 and above
Do you receive any other benefits from your employer?
A benefit is something that is not part of your salary but helps or improves your life.
Medical Aid for yourself only
Medical Aid with dependants included
Cell Phone Allowance
Does your salary increase every year?
Some years but not always
Do you ever receive a bonus? If Yes, how much compared to a months pay?
An example could be a Christmas bonus or a performance bonus.
How long have you been a barista?
Less than a year
More than 5 years
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