|Quick Facts: Bartenders|
|2010 Median Pay||
$18,680 per year
$8.98 per hour
|Entry-Level Education||Less than high school|
|Work Experience in a Related Occupation||None|
|On-the-job Training||Short-term on-the-job training|
|Number of Jobs, 2010||503,200|
|Job Outlook, 2010-20||9% (Slower than average)|
|Employment Change, 2010-20||45,500|
Bartenders mix and serve drinks to customers directly or through wait staff.
Bartenders work at restaurants, bars, clubs, hotels, and other food service establishments. During busy hours, they are under pressure to serve customers quickly and efficiently. About half of all bartenders work full time, and they often must work late evenings, weekends, and holidays.
Many bartenders are promoted from other jobs at the food service establishments in which they work and receive short-term on-the-job training. Those who wish to work at more upscale establishments usually need previous work experience or vocational training. Most states require workers who serve alcoholic beverages to be at least 18 years old, but many employers prefer to hire people who are 25 or older.
The median hourly wage (including tips) of bartenders was $8.98 in May 2010.
Employment of bartenders is expected to grow 9 percent from 2010 to 2020, slower than the average for all occupations. High turnover among bartenders is expected to result in good job opportunities overall. Strong competition is expected for bartending jobs in popular restaurants and fine-dining establishments, where potential earnings from tips are greatest.
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