A bouncer is a security professional who works for an entertainment establishment to ensure the safety of patrons and protection against theft, vandalism and other potential crimes. These professionals typically work in nightclubs, bars, restaurants, hotels and other entertainment venues. The wages of a bouncer vary based on a number of factors.
Broad Occupational Title
The Bureau of Labor Statistics classifies bouncers under the broad occupational title of “protection service workers, all other.” Annual median wages were $29,420 in May 2009. The 25th percentile earned $21,980 per year and the 75th percentile earned $39,990 per year. The lowest 10 percent earned $18,670 per year and the highest 10 percent earned $53,690 per year.
Some bouncers work part-time or receive hourly wages. The Bureau estimated median hourly wages of $14.14 in May 2009. The 25th percentile earned $10.57 per hour and the 75th percentile earned $19.23 per hour. The lowest 10 percent earned $8.49 per hour and the highest 10 percent earned $25.81 per hour.
In May 2011, CBSalary.com estimated average salaries for bouncers. In the U.S., the average salary is $34,944 per year. The 25th percentile earns $27,056 per year and the 75th percentile earns $45,098 per year.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics in May 2009, the highest concentration of protection service workers were in the San Luis Obispo, California area, where annual mean wages were $33,150 or $15.94 per hour. The highest wages were in the New Haven, Connecticut area, where annual mean wages were $54,150 or $26.04 per hour.