7. A Bartending Career
It’s not so uncommon for a bartender to earn 6 digits a year. While the median salary for a bartender is about $19,000 per year, those with experience that work in upmarket bars make much more. Sure, you must have a certain something. You should be good with people, entertaining in a way.
Gracious, kind and patient and of course know the drink menu like a rock star. In major cities around the US, there are hundreds of dollars in tips to be made every night. The tip and wage take home payroll can be anywhere from $45,000 to $73,000. It’s even possible to bring in $100,000 per year.
A bartender will bring in as much money as an architect without the financial burden of all that college education. Again, an architect might eventually have a cushy office with plenty of rolled blueprints lying around. While an architect learns to draw, a bartender can work their way up in the ranks. The nice thing about being a bartender is you tend to make some great connections through constant socializing.
While the work might be fast paced and stressful at times, you’re pretty much always having a blast. As you mature and gain more experience, you might feel more inclined to move towards a high-end establishment. The money gets bigger and you don’t have to party as much. Sure, there is prestige in becoming an architect but everyone loves a bartender.