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Bartending Employment Facts

If you have ever thought about working as a bartender full or part time, here is some basic information.

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Bartending jobs can be very profitable. According to a national job listing web site, the average bartender can earn up to $66,000 annually. Bartenders work for a salary and tips. The tips can often be substantial. One of the great things about bartending is that in a short time you can professionally trained and ready to work.

Bartending requires public contact. The best bartenders like to deal with people. A major portion of a bartender’s income comes from the tips from customers and good customer service skills are important.

Where Bartending Jobs Are

Every establishment serving alcoholic beverages needs a bartender. Bartending job opportunities exist in many different types of businesses including:

* Bars

* Casinos

* Caters

* Convention centers

* Country Clubs

* Cruise Ships

* Golf Clubs

* Hotels

* Meeting and special event venues

* Night Clubs

* Private clubs

* Private Parties

* Pubs

* Restaurants

* Resorts

Bartending Job Qualifications


In many states you have to be 21 years or older to purchase alcoholic beverages, many states allow bartenders to be 18 years old to bartender. In New York and New Jersey it’s 18.


There are many different work schedules for bartenders. Bartenders are needed anytime an establishment is open for business, Evening and weekend schedules are the most frequent but day schedules also exist. If you’re looking for a part time job, there are many weekend opportunities.

Physical Demands

Bartending can be hard work. Bartenders stand for extended periods of time, and sitting isn’t allowed during shifts. Bartending can involve lifting and stocking cases of beer, wine, and liquor.

Learn More on how you can start your new successful career in bartending

If you are looking to start a new career in Bartending, then attending a qualified bartenders school is a must.

Learn how to bartend at our American Bartending Schools with locations in New York, New Jersey and Palm Springs.

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  1. I’m not sure how accurate that average income number is. You can’t really take a national average because a bartender in Las Vegas will clearly be making much more than a bartender in a suburb of Cleveland. The job will also be a lot more hectic, but that is beside the point.

    Plus the majority of bartenders’ income comes in tips. Which means that a big chunk of their earnings can be in cash. And lets be honest…many people don’t really report their cash income (or at least not fully).

    I don’t believe that number to be very useful.

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