How Much Money Does a Night Club Manager Make?

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A night club manager's salary varies according to his education, experience and the geographic location in which he works. This salary is either paid as an hourly wage or as a fixed salary. His job responsibilities involve the efficient administration of the nightclub and its employees, which requires highly proficient multitasking and organizational skills.

Base Salary

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Most bar businesses pay employees an hourly wage instead of a salary. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that as of 2008, median wages for managers are approximately $13.50 per hour. Night club managers with a proven track record of bringing in reliable profits often make much more than this.

Higher Salary

A night club manager supervises all aspects of club operations. He is required to be the leader of other employees, keep all records, and oversee sales and profits. He is also responsible for mediating any disputes or complaints made by a customer. As such, this individual needs years of experience in all facets of the restaurant-bar industry. An individual with this type of experience may earn as much as $120,000 a year according to Diploma Guide.


Managers in higher-paid positions often have a bachelor’s degree in culinary arts, hospitality or business, but competitiveness in the industry relies heavily on experience. According to Diploma Guide, candidates must also be proficient at using various different restaurant-bar point-of-sale (POS) software programs that help manage the sales of the nightclub.

Average Salary

Although some nightclub owners can make as much as $120,000, the average salary is $46,280 according to Diploma Guide. Salary figures vary greatly depending on the nightclub, location and the individual’s experience. In exchange for this salary, an individual may be required to work 12 to 14 hour days and spend a great deal of time on his feet.