5.2/10 job score
risk level
by 2031
or $12.67 hourly
as of 2021

What is the risk of automation?

We calculate this occupation to have an automation risk score of 53% (Robots are watching)

More information on what this score is, and how it is calculated
Qualities required for this occupation:
Assisting and Caring for Others
Social Perceptiveness
Manual Dexterity
Finger Dexterity
very important
quite important
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What do you think the risk of automation is?

How likely do you think this occupation will be taken over by robots/AI within the next 20 years?

How quickly is this occupation growing?

The number of 'Bartenders' job openings is expected to rise 17.9% by 2031
'Bartenders' is expected to be a very fast growing occupation in comparison to other occupations.
* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the period between 2021 and 2031.
Updated projections are due Sep 2023.

What are the median wages for 'Bartenders' in the United States?

In 2021 the median annual wage for 'Bartenders' was $26,350, or $12.67 hourly
'Bartenders' are paid 42.4% lower than the national median wage, which stands at $45,760
* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics

How many people are employed as bartenders?

As of 2021 there were 485,330 people employed as Bartenders within the United States.
This represents around 0.34% of the employed workforce across the country.
Put another way, around 1 in 290 people are employed as Bartenders.

Job description

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

SOC Code: 35-3011.00


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Brisn (Highly likely) says
Bartenders are slow to make drinks when lines are long which leads to upset and lost customers. AI and automated bartending processes won’t be hard to develop to replace this job and serve customer to make them happier through a quicker service while also making bar owners cut down on costs and get more repeat customers.
Jun 13, 2021 at 06:22 AM
ec (Small chance) says
A robot can pour a drink but its going to be a while until they can listen to you talk about your problems
Apr 25, 2021 at 11:21 PM
Anonymous bartender (Small chance) says
Main reason why bartenders will NOT be replaced by robots: mixing and serving the cocktails are only a small portion of the job. The social interaction is the most important part about being a good bartender. Can the robot be a little more efficient or faster? Sure. The hourly labor costs of a bartender does not warrant a need by any owner to replace a human with a robot. The vast majority of most bartenders’ income is from tips. Owners of companies who would find it reasonable to replace humans with robots are humans in different industries where social interaction isn’t the biggest part of the job, who have a higher hourly rate.
Dec 25, 2020 at 07:27 AM
Tristan (Small chance) says
Many people have pointed out many reasons why this is unlikely: bartenders aren't expensive to begin with, bartenders provide social interaction that can't be raplaced by a robot, not enough big financial interest in the bar industry, etc.

There are other things that bartenders do that can't be automated, like being de facto security in bars with no bouncers. You wouldn't expect a robot to be able to identify a drunk and disorderly customer and eject them from the bar any time soon; even if the technology is there the legality of it seems lightyears away.
Apr 23, 2020 at 05:08 PM
Andria (Likely) says
It wouldn't be that hard to have all alcoholic beverages available for use from a robot. It's very easy to program the recipes into a robot as well so it will know exactly how to make it; even faster than humans as we would have to look up an unknown recipe, taking longer than a robot could look one up.
Feb 11, 2020 at 07:23 PM
Aidan says
There isn't really a NEED to automate a bartender. They aren't paid that much to begin with, so automating them wouldn't render them all that cost effective. I also doubt the efficiency of getting your drink to begin with would fluctuate all that much. With current technology and the limits of our ability to replicate human dexterity, it's unlikely that the speed and accuracy of a bartender could have any competition to begin with. Think about the customer service aspect as well, who wants to be served by a lifeless robot that just scans you as another customer to serve?
Sep 14, 2019 at 06:54 AM
Bell (Small chance) says
I could see big chains with money doing this, especially restaurants, or places that have less human contact behind the bar.

Smaller places, no. Not enough money.

Bartenders make up a lot of the charm (or frustration) of going out, and automating this literally would take the life out of a place and probably backfire.
Aug 16, 2019 at 08:06 PM
Lee Springer says
When robots mix drinks at the bars I'm going to be the saddest person at the bar since I tend to drink alone. Time to put my phone away and attempt conversation with the other humans.
May 29, 2019 at 06:41 PM
Jesse (Could go either way) says
Bartenders serve libations to Humans. Humans are social beings who drink when socializing. Chances are Humans will go drink to escape robots.
May 13, 2019 at 02:50 PM
Anon says
Some bartnders have prevented suicides, I feel you can't automate that human experience that a lot of people go to a bar for.
May 07, 2019 at 11:55 AM
Lance O'Conner says
I can't talk to a robot about Karen taking the kids
Apr 01, 2019 at 11:43 PM

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