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Working as an Assistant Bar Manager

There is more than meets the eye when it comes to being an assistant bar manager. For example, did you know that they make an average of $17.9 an hour? That's $37,225 a year!

What Does an Assistant Bar Manager Do

There are certain skills that many assistant bar managers have in order to accomplish their responsibilities. By taking a look through resumes, we were able to narrow down the most common skills for a person in this position. We discovered that a lot of resumes listed physical strength, communication skills and customer-service skills.

When it comes to the most important skills required to be an assistant bar manager, we found that a lot of resumes listed 10.6% of assistant bar managers included customer service, while 7.5% of resumes included guest service, and 7.4% of resumes included high volume. Hard skills like these are helpful to have when it comes to performing essential job responsibilities.

How To Become an Assistant Bar Manager

If you're interested in becoming an assistant bar manager, one of the first things to consider is how much education you need. We've determined that 43.3% of assistant bar managers have a bachelor's degree. In terms of higher education levels, we found that 5.0% of assistant bar managers have master's degrees. Even though some assistant bar managers have a college degree, it's possible to become one with only a high school degree or GED.

Choosing the right major is always an important step when researching how to become an assistant bar manager. When we researched the most common majors for an assistant bar manager, we found that they most commonly earn bachelor's degree degrees or high school diploma degrees. Other degrees that we often see on assistant bar manager resumes include associate degree degrees or master's degree degrees.

You may find that experience in other jobs will help you become an assistant bar manager. In fact, many assistant bar manager jobs require experience in a role such as bartender. Meanwhile, many assistant bar managers also have previous career experience in roles such as server or assistant manager.

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Average Salary$37,225
Job Growth Rate11%

Assistant Bar Manager Career Paths

Top Careers Before Assistant Bar Manager

Bartender
18.4 %
Server
10.5 %

Top Careers After Assistant Bar Manager

Bartender
16.8 %

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Average Salary for an Assistant Bar Manager

Assistant Bar Managers in America make an average salary of $37,225 per year or $18 per hour. The top 10 percent makes over $49,000 per year, while the bottom 10 percent under $27,000 per year.
Average Salary
$37,225

Best Paying Cities

City
Average Salary
Baltimore, MD
Salary Range32k - 57k$43k$43,051
Renton, WA
Salary Range33k - 51k$41k$41,317
Diamond Bar, CA
Salary Range30k - 55k$41k$41,284
Arlington, VA
Salary Range30k - 54k$41k$40,896
Miami Beach, FL
Salary Range29k - 51k$39k$39,174
Washington, DC
Salary Range28k - 51k$39k$38,624
$24k
$57k

Recently Added Salaries

Job TitleCompanyCompanyStart DateSalary
Restaurant Assistant Manager-Full Service and Bar +
Restaurant Assistant Manager-Full Service and Bar +
Gecko Hospitality
Gecko Hospitality
07/20/2020
07/20/2020
$63,00007/20/2020
$63,000
Restaurant Assistant Manager-Full Service + Bar +
Restaurant Assistant Manager-Full Service + Bar +
Gecko Hospitality
Gecko Hospitality
06/24/2020
06/24/2020
$63,00006/24/2020
$63,000
Assistant Bar Manager
Assistant Bar Manager
The Umstead Hotel and Spa
The Umstead Hotel and Spa
10/31/2019
10/31/2019
$45,00010/31/2019
$45,000
Assistant Bar Manager
Assistant Bar Manager
Munster Pub Investors LLC DBA Samuel Becketts
Munster Pub Investors LLC DBA Samuel Becketts
06/04/2019
06/04/2019
$37,96006/04/2019
$37,960
Assistant Bar Manager
Assistant Bar Manager
Thevasogroup, Inc.
Thevasogroup, Inc.
05/29/2019
05/29/2019
$37,96005/29/2019
$37,960
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Assistant Bar Manager Demographics

Gender

male

49.4 %

female

47.7 %

unknown

2.9 %

Ethnicity

White

65.7 %

Hispanic or Latino

14.2 %

Black or African American

10.0 %

Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

40.7 %

French

16.9 %

German

10.2 %
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Assistant Bar Manager Education

Majors

Business
25.5 %

Degrees

Bachelors

43.3 %

High School Diploma

21.1 %

Associate

20.1 %
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Top Skills For an Assistant Bar Manager

The skills section on your resume can be almost as important as the experience section, so you want it to be an accurate portrayal of what you can do. Luckily, we've found all of the skills you'll need so even if you don't have these skills yet, you know what you need to work on. Out of all the resumes we looked through, 10.6% of assistant bar managers listed customer service on their resume, but soft skills such as physical strength and communication skills are important as well.

Best States For an Assistant Bar Manager

Some places are better than others when it comes to starting a career as an assistant bar manager. The best states for people in this position are New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Maryland. Assistant bar managers make the most in New York with an average salary of $52,003. Whereas in New Jersey and Connecticut, they would average $48,107 and $44,590, respectively. While assistant bar managers would only make an average of $42,700 in Maryland, you would still make more there than in the rest of the country. We determined these as the best states based on job availability and pay. By finding the median salary, cost of living, and using the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Location Quotient, we narrowed down our list of states to these four.

1. Alabama

Total Assistant Bar Manager Jobs:
312
Highest 10% Earn:
$57,000
Location Quotient:
1.4
Location Quotient is a measure used by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) to determine how concentrated a certain industry is in a single state compared to the nation as a whole. You can read more about how BLS calculates location quotients here

2. Texas

Total Assistant Bar Manager Jobs:
1,760
Highest 10% Earn:
$62,000
Location Quotient:
1.19
Location Quotient is a measure used by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) to determine how concentrated a certain industry is in a single state compared to the nation as a whole. You can read more about how BLS calculates location quotients here

3. New York

Total Assistant Bar Manager Jobs:
683
Highest 10% Earn:
$88,000
Location Quotient:
0.7
Location Quotient is a measure used by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) to determine how concentrated a certain industry is in a single state compared to the nation as a whole. You can read more about how BLS calculates location quotients here
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Top Assistant Bar Manager Employers

1. Buffalo Wild Wings
4.2
Avg. Salary: 
$51,212
Assistant Bar Managers Hired: 
12+
2. TGI Friday's
4.4
Avg. Salary: 
$57,694
Assistant Bar Managers Hired: 
11+
3. Red Robin
3.9
Avg. Salary: 
$53,311
Assistant Bar Managers Hired: 
11+
4. American Legion
4.2
Avg. Salary: 
$35,599
Assistant Bar Managers Hired: 
9+
5. Club Med
3.9
Avg. Salary: 
$34,299
Assistant Bar Managers Hired: 
6+
6. Norwegian Cruise Line
4.3
Avg. Salary: 
$36,378
Assistant Bar Managers Hired: 
5+
Updated October 2, 2020