What is the average salary for a club bouncer?


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As of 2014, the average salary for a club bouncer is $24,020 per year or $11.55 per hour, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In the security guard industry, the bottom 10 percent of workers earn $17,400, and the top 10 percent earn more than $42,560 per year.

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Employment in this industry is projected to increase 12 percent from 2012 to 2022. This is about the same rate as all other industries.

Bouncers are needed at night clubs and bars because of the alcohol-drinking clientele and the possibility of things getting too rowdy during business hours. Also known as doormen, these guards are responsible for collecting cover charges and generally maintaining order among customers. They may refuse entry to intoxicated or underaged patrons. They may also refuse people who show aggressive behavior or a desire to violate establishment rules.

Interestingly, some very famous celebrities were bouncers before they made it big in Hollywood. The late James Gandolfini worked as a bouncer while completing his studies at Rutgers University. Superstar Vin Diesel came up with his pseudonym to protect his identity while working as a bouncer. Other former bouncers include Michael Clarke Duncan, Vincent D'Onofrio, Dolph Lundgren and the wrestler Dave Batista. Even more interesting, Pope Francis took a job as a bouncer at a bar in Buenos Aires before starting his studies.

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