Bartenders
SOC: 35-3011.00

Description:

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


National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.


Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
580,900 employed

Projected (2024):
640,900 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.


Alternate Titles:

  • Bar Attendant
  • Bar Captain
  • Bar Manager
  • Bar Tender
  • Barkeep
  • Barkeeper
  • Barmaid
  • Barman
  • Bartender
  • Bartender Extra
  • Bartender Server
  • Drink Mixer
  • Mixologist
  • Server
  • Taproom Attendant
  • Waitress


  • Job Zone Two: Some Preparation Needed

    Experience:

    Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.

    Education:

    These occupations usually require a high school diploma.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.


    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Technology Design
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Troubleshooting
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Food Production
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • Fine Arts
  • History and Archeology
  • Philosophy and Theology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Communications and Media


  • Tasks:

  • Collect money for drinks served.
  • Check identification of customers to verify age requirements for purchase of alcohol.
  • Balance cash receipts.
  • Attempt to limit problems and liability related to customers' excessive drinking by taking steps such as persuading customers to stop drinking, or ordering taxis or other transportation for intoxicated patrons.
  • Clean glasses, utensils, and bar equipment.
  • Take beverage orders from serving staff or directly from patrons.
  • Serve wine, and bottled or draft beer.
  • Clean bars, work areas, and tables.
  • Mix ingredients, such as liquor, soda, water, sugar, and bitters, to prepare cocktails and other drinks.
  • Serve snacks or food items to customers seated at the bar.
  • Order or requisition liquors and supplies.
  • Ask customers who become loud and obnoxious to leave, or physically remove them.
  • Slice and pit fruit for garnishing drinks.
  • Arrange bottles and glasses to make attractive displays.
  • Plan, organize, and control the operations of a cocktail lounge or bar.
  • Supervise the work of bar staff and other bartenders.
  • Plan bar menus.
  • Prepare appetizers such as pickles, cheese, and cold meats.
  • Create drink recipes.
  • Stock bar with beer, wine, liquor, and related supplies such as ice, glassware, napkins, or straws.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • 2-prong strainers
  • 3-piece cocktail shakers
  • 4-piece cocktail shakers
  • 4-prong strainers
  • Bar spoons
  • Barcode scanners
  • Beverage machines
  • Blenders
  • Breathalyzers
  • Cash registers
  • Cocktail shakers
  • Cocktail strainers
  • Credit card processing machines
  • Desktop computers
  • Draught foam control devices
  • Drink mixers
  • Electronic beer line maintenance equipment
  • Frozen drink machines
  • Fruit knives
  • Glass rimmers
  • Glass washers
  • Hawthorn strainers
  • Ice chippers
  • Ice crushers
  • Ice flakers
  • Jiggers
  • Julep strainers
  • Keg-tapping equipment
  • Lime slicers
  • Lime squeezers
  • Linear imaging scanners
  • Long range charged coupled device CCD barcode scanners
  • Martini misters
  • Mixing glasses
  • Mojito machines
  • Muddlers/mixing sticks
  • Notebook computers
  • Olive stuffers
  • Point of sale POS printers
  • Point of sale POS terminals
  • Point of service scanners
  • Point of service workstations
  • Pour spouts
  • Professional juicers
  • Refrigerated liquid recirculation systems
  • Soda dispensers
  • Spirit measures
  • Touch screen monitors
  • Upright glass washers
  • Zesters
  • AZZ CardFile software
  • Compris software
  • Focus point of sale POS software
  • ICVERIFY software
  • Intuit QuickBooks Point of Sale
  • MICROS Systems HSI Profits Series
  • NCR Advanced Checkout Solution
  • NCR NeighborhoodPOS
  • Point of sale POS software
  • The General Store software
  • Web browser software


  • food preparation and serving related


    industry stats

    SOC: 35-0000

    Total Employed: 12,577,080

    Average Annual Salary: $22,850