Typical Roles at a Nightclub

Nightclubs, depending on their size, may need a rather large staff as they tend to be noisy, chaotic atmospheres. Read on to learn about how to create a desirable and safe atmosphere for your customers. You will need bartenders, bouncers, a DJ, and a manager.

General Manager

This is the first role you’ll need to think about when building your team. In many cases, the business owner can act as his/her own general manager.

Typical Salary:

  • $35,000 per year

What Does This Role Entail?

  • Hiring and scheduling employees
  • Keeping track of inventory
  • Adhering to health and safety standards
  • Ensuring customer satisfaction  

Who to Look For:

  • Previous management experience
  • Able to manage customers’ complaints
  • Available for many shifts, as they are an integral part of everyday business


Some nightclubs hire DJs on a per night basis, but many have a main DJ with a permanent position. A good DJ is key to your club’s reputation.

Salary: $27,000 per year

What This Role Entails:

  • Mixing songs to encourage dancing
  • Light displays

Who to Look For:

  • Music education preferred but not necessary
  • Experience playing at parties


A bartender must make drinks while interacting with customers at the bar.

Salary: $8 per hour not including tips

What This Role Entails:

  • Making drinks
  • Socializing with customers at the bar

Who to Look For:

  • Bartending license necessary
  • Creative flair for making and garnishing drinks
  • Able to spot fake IDs


Bouncers are often stationed at the entrance to the bar to control entry, as well as inside the bar to keep intoxicated customers safe.

Salary: $13 per hour

What This Job Entails:

  • Checking IDs
  • Monitoring entry to the bar
  • Breaking up fights and ensuring customer safety

Who to Look For:

  • Strong to enough to remove out of control patrons if necessary
  • Knowledgeable about fake IDs


Janitors are responsible for cleaning the nightclub daily and making sure that it generally looks nice.

Salary: $23,500 per year

What This Role Entails:

  • Cleaning the nightclub and after every night
  • Mopping up spilled drinks or food during peak times

Who to Look For:

  • No experience necessary
  • Ability to lift heavy items

Nightclub Hiring Tips

Hiring employees can seem like a nerve-wracking process, but it doesn't have to be. We break the process down into four basic steps: (1) Planning; (2) Recruiting; (3) Interviewing; and (4) Completing the Hire. Here are some tips for each phase of the process

Plan to Staff Your Business

The amount of employees a nightclub will need depends largely on its size. It is crucial to think about the safety of your customers. You must have bouncers and other security members in case of any emergency or to assist customers that are too intoxicated. These employees can also monitor the amount of people in the nightclub at any given time and ensure that it does not get overcrowded.

It is also important to have quality bartenders who are able to work in noisy, fast-paced environments. They must be able and willing to deal with customers who may be quite drunk, and also need to know when it is necessary to cut a customer off and stop serving them alcohol.

Develop a Recruiting Strategy

Luckily, it is not too difficult to find people with bartending or security experience (or those who are willing to learn). Put up flyers around town, such as in local restaurants and shops. Because nightclubs are intense work environments frequented by younger customers, your employees are likely to be younger as well. Therefore, you should consider advertising around areas like university campuses. Make sure you also post your job openings online, especially if there is already buzz in the community about your new nightclub.

Interview with Confidence

If you take your time during the planning and recruiting phases of the process, you will likely end up with many qualified candidates.

Nonetheless, it is natural for a new business owner to be a bit anxious the first time hiring employees. Don’t forget that the interview is just a chance to get to know an applicant and to give them an opportunity to learn more about the role and the business. Also, it might help to remember that they are probably even more nervous than you are!

Throughout the interview process, it may help to keep in mind that most nightclub owners look for employees who are:

  • Energetic
  • Works well with others
  • Friendly
  • Organized
  • Good at remembering drink orders

Here are some sample interview questions that will help you learn more about the character of your interviewees:

  • How would be sure to ensure the safety of your customers?
  • How would you handle rowdy customers?
  • What do you think the philosophy of a nightclub should be?
  • Give an example of a time you worked well with others.

Be Familiar with Hiring Laws

After selecting a job candidate, there are certain steps you will need to follow to complete the hiring process. Check out our Hiring Compliance Checklist for a step-by-step guide to the legal aspects of hiring employees.

One of the most important steps is to classify your new hire as an employee or an independent contractor. Become familiar with IRS guidelines on this matter, as there are serious consequences for misclassifying an employee as an independent contractor.

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For more details, please refer to our guide on the topic, Contractors vs. Employees: What You Need to Know. We also provide templates for the essential hiring forms you will need.

Set Up Payroll

Once you have a growing team of employees, it's time to set up your payroll. Using a payroll service provider saves you time for running your business, and also helps ensure that you comply with important federal requirements such as employee tax withholding.

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