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    How much on average would you pay a Barista?

    How much on average would you pay a Barista per hour? I mean someone that you would have to train?

    Thanks!

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    depende

    depends on the city you are living in and whether or not you want a long term employee or are just tinterested in filling a spot. In Austin taxes and rent are very high and most baristas start at around 7$/hour. Its important to give full time employees a "living wage"...a starving barista will fill his belly with overpriced/low profit pasteries. Also pay attention to how much they make in tips. If their tips are low because they suck fire them...if low because you have tight walleted customers throw them a bone.
    Payroll is always daunting when you are looking at a page of numbers but a good barista can make or break your shop.
    I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me.

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    Thank you!

    I was thinking of starting them at $12.00/hr., but maybe less is more...

    Thanks!

    --david

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    $12??!! Holy cow I am getting out of the roasting biz and becoming a barista...just kidding...I think 12 is a bit high...we paid our baristas at the casino around 7 or 8 an hour.
    "Wine is for aging, not coffee."
    Ken Hutchinson, Starsky and Hutch

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    You think too high?

    I was thinking that $7-8 was a bit low, for someone that your business depends on, while you're away. I think a good Barista can make your business better, but to your point, if they get good tips from customers, you shouldn't have to pay them that much. On the other hand, if you get customers that don't tip so well, then maybe extra "comp" doesn't hurt.

    Thanks for the advice!

    --david

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    Personally I wouldn't leave my shop to a barista....you need to get a supervisor who over sees the baristas. Find people that are friendly and out going...train them how you want them to be trained...don't fall into the trap of hiring someone with experience and have it done the way they feel is right(because that is how insert random coffee house name does it) Just my opinion
    "Wine is for aging, not coffee."
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    si si

    I agree with topher's last post however many shops can not afford both employees that are simply baristas. How many employees are yopu looking at having?
    I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me.

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    every employee should be a barista, every employee you have should be able to be left on their own, every employee should have a personality, every employee should be taught and able to problem solve., every employee should know how to order supplies, check in an order, plunge a tiolet, hang up on sales calls, take a message for you correctly and be trusted.

    We to often feel that no one can do it right except us, not true teach and give your staff the opportunity to prove themselves to you, you will be surprized.

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    exactly

    Muddycup has hit it on the nose
    I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me.

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    Here, here MC, I couldn't have put it better myself. I would take it a few steps further. Since it is your business, you are ultimately responsible for everything that happens there. So if your employees are not trained properly, you will not get the best results. And that is a direct reflection on you as the owner. Never leave the ultimate decision making to an untrained employee, you will pay twice as much making corrections. As for starting wages, minimum wage is normally good, and tips. Put make sure that you explain their pay during the interview process. That way your wage structure is going to be up front so there won't be any misunderstanding from the start. If the employee stays on beyond your probation period then offer other incentives as long as the employee is improving. Don't offer raises just to be Mr. Nice Guy, offer only if they earn it. If things go right you can go from there...
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