The liquor industry boasts a number of dream jobs—brewer and winemaker rank in the top 10 among polled workers. And while many of these positions are great when it comes to perks, you can’t exchange free booze for rent (unless you have a very thirsty landlord). Luckily, there are a few high paying jobs in the alcohol biz. Here, the top boozy jobs that will get you top dollar.
Experienced Bartender/Mixologist: $1,000 (in a Single Night)
Bartenders may not net huge salaries over the course of a year, but the occasional big night is hard to beat when it comes to tips. On a good Friday or Saturday night, bartenders can collect $450 to $500 (on top of their regular salary), and on major holidays like Christmas or New Year’s Eve, the good cheer can inspire tips amassing to $1,000—not bad for a few hours’ work. Meanwhile, freelance cocktailians can net up to $500 per recipe designing drinks as consultants.
Gintern: $25,000 (plus Knowledge)
Everyone’s gotta start somewhere. If you’re an enterprising, young spirits enthusiast (i.e. an internship is all you’ll get at your age, anyway), a “ginternship” is for you. British Gin & Tonic delivery service ILoveGin recently offered the position to the winner of a highly competitive application process, allowing one lucky youngster the chance to travel around Europe for six months sipping G&Ts. Aside from the very reasonable salary (considering the fact that it’s a six-month internship), the gintern also receives precious knowledge and even more precious free booze.