Bartenders

General Information

Description

Mix and serve drinks to patrons, directly or through waitstaff.

Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure

Industry areas

  • Restaurants and Other Eating Places
  • Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages)
  • Civic and Social Organizations

Job Outlook

Employment of bartenders is projected to grow 2 percent from 2016 to 2026, slower than the average for all occupations. Population and income growth are expected to result in more demand for food, drinks, and entertainment. This increased demand is expected to be met with increased bartender employment in full-service restaurants, which is projected to increase 7 percent. Bartender employment in drinking places, on the other hand, is projected to decrease 8 percent over the next ten years, as customers increasingly obtain these services at full-service restaurants and some local bars close.

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Salary

Average Salary

Salary

$20,390

State-by-state Salary

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$45,120
$18,200
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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • High school 42%
  • Less than high school 36%
  • Some college 16%
  • Post-secondary certificate 2%
  • Bachelor's degree 1%
  • Master's degree 0%
  • Doctoral degree 0%
  • Associate's degree 0%
  • Post baccalaureate 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%
  • First professional degree 0%

Knowledge

  • Customer and Personal Service
  • English Language
  • Education and Training
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Mathematics

Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership
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