|Quick Facts: Bartenders|
$26,350 per year
$12.67 per hour
|No formal educational credential|
|Short-term on-the-job training|
|18% (Much faster than average)|
What Bartenders Do
Bartenders mix drinks and serve them directly to customers or through wait staff.
Bartenders work at restaurants, hotels, and other food service and drinking establishments. During busy hours, they are under pressure to serve customers quickly and efficiently. They often work late evenings, on weekends, and on holidays. Part-time work is common, and schedules may vary.
How to Become a Bartender
Bartenders typically do not need formal education credentials to enter the occupation. Most states require workers who serve alcoholic beverages to be at least 18 years old. They typically learn their skills on the job.
The median hourly wage for bartenders was $12.67 in May 2021.
Employment of bartenders is projected to grow 18 percent from 2021 to 2031, much faster than the average for all occupations.
About 105,300 openings for bartenders are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.
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More Information, Including Links to O*NET
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