How old do you have to be to bartend in California?

California – 21

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The bartending age in California is 21 years old.

Responsible Beverage Service (RBS) Training

Beginning July 1, 2022, any alcohol server and their manager must have a valid RBS certification from an ABC accredited RBS training provider and pass an online ABC administered RBS exam within 60 calendar days from the first date of employment.

This link will take you to the State website for training.

https://abcbiz.abc.ca.gov/

Is RBS training mandatory and do I need a certificate to serve alcohol in California?

RBS training under the requirements of CA Assembly Bill 1221 will become mandatory on July 1, 2022. The implementations date was modified by Assembly Bill 82. This new state mandate will require on-premises alcoholic beverage servers and their managers to successfully complete an ABC approved RBS training program and exam no later than August 31, 2022.

Currently, RBS training is only required if your local government mandates it. If you are required to take an RBS class for employment, please access the RBS Portal to search for a Department Authorized training provider and approved program.

 

Bartenders
2021 Wages

Geography Median Hourly Median Annually
California $14.67 $30,507
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine Area $14.98 $31,146
Butte County $14.67 $30,507
East Bay Area $15.83 $32,927
Eastern Sierra Region $14.63 $30,424
Fresno County $13.49 $28,052
Imperial County $13.49 $28,052
Inland Empire Area $14.06 $29,243
Kern County $14.62 $30,393
Kings County $13.77 $28,632
Los Angeles County $14.88 $30,948
Madera County $14.28 $29,720
Merced County $14.43 $30,010
Monterey County $15.04 $31,284
Mother Lode Region $13.49 $28,052
Napa County $15.12 $31,450
North Coast Region $15.94 $33,159
Sacramento Metro Area $13.95 $29,026
San Benito and Santa Clara Counties $15.62 $32,496
San Diego County $14.51 $30,196
San Francisco Bay Area $18.35 $38,157
San Joaquin County $15.26 $31,729
San Luis Obispo County $13.99 $29,098
San Rafael Area $16.17 $33,639
Santa Cruz County $16.17 $33,635
Santa Maria-Santa Barbara Area $14.44 $30,041
Shasta County $13.67 $28,435
Solano County $13.81 $28,725
Sonoma County $19.76 $41,114
Stanislaus County $14.09 $29,295
Sutter and Yuba Counties $13.49 $28,052
Tulare County $13.49 $28,052
Ventura County $15.21 $31,626