The Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) has published the 2014 Barista and Roaster Compensation Report, which shows that while some coffee professionals are paid only slightly over minimum wage, certification plays a key role in advancing their compensation. The objective of this report, conducted in conjunction with Marketing General, Inc. (MGI), is to recognize salary and compensation ranges of baristas and roasters currently working in the coffee industry, identifying differences in compensation based on certification status with collected data including type of company, tenure in the coffee industry, supervisory responsibilities, certification/credentials, compensation, non-cash benefits, and demographic information.
“Our goal was to ensure that this report is useful to baristas and roasters–the professionals we were focused on–but also to those who employ them,” said Mansi Chokshi, SCAA Membership Director. “Compensation is a sure signal of the value an individual brings to a business, and we know that employee turnover is one of the many challenges employers face.”
Among the survey’s key findings:
- There exists a strong correlation between baristas and roasters who have certificate status and a higher salary/more benefits than those without.
- There is a $203,280 typical lifetime earnings difference for certified baristas, earning 19% more on average than their non-certified counterparts.
- There is a $99,880 typical lifetime earnings difference for certified roasters, earning 6% more on average than their non-certified counterparts.
The report is available to purchase at scaa.org and is complimentary to SCAA members.