The state of wages for coffee professionals, baristas in particular, has perhaps never been in flux more than it is right now. The fight for better pay via collective bargaining hasn’t just taken place at Starbucks but has been sweeping across cafes nationwide. That’s why Go Fund Bean has created the 2023 Barista Wage Survey, and they are asking all US-based baristas to fill it out.
This is the second year GFB has created a wage survey. The results of the 2022 survey, released in January of this year, found that hourly workers in the coffee industry across the board were struggling financially. That survey sought to measure the impact COVID-19 had on baristas, but this year, GFB is wanting to see how a recession as well as the aforementioned union efforts have affected things.
Per the press release, this year’s survey will follow suit with last year’s, collecting data for hourly and salary workers and “[attempting] to measure pay disparities related to race, gender, and sexuality.” Questions will also encompass how workers feel about their jobs: pay level, workload, benefits, etc. Participation can be done so anonymously. With the survey, GFB hopes to measure year-over-year changes and create a database collating wages against cost of living.
The findings will be made public in January, after all identifying information has been scrubbed. Then, analysis against 2022’s findings will begin later in Spring.
The survey will be open for submission until December 31st and is open to US coffee workers only. For more information or to fill out the survey, visit Go Fund Bean’s official website.