Nightclub Doorman

The official term for this job role is Door Supervisor. Typically, they provide security, check legal age, refuse entry to intoxicated persons and deal with non-compliant behaviour. Become a Nightclub Doorman and earn up to £25 / hr.

Wage rate hourly


Typical hours

20 to 48 hours a week usually includes weekends


SIA Door Supervisor licence

Total cost

Between £340 and £500 including your licence fee

How to become a Nightclub Doorman

You must have a valid SIA (Security Industry Authority) licence before you can work in the security industry as a Nightclub Doorman. The relevant licence for this career is the SIA Door Supervisor Licence which you can apply for after successfully completing and passing the SIA Door Supervisor course.



Become a Nightclub Doorman

Start a successful career as a Nightclub Doorman by following these steps:

Book your Door Supervisor course

This is the first step to become a Nightclub Doorman.

Pass the course

The course consists of three multiple choice exams and a physical assessment.

Apply for your SIA Door Supervisor licence

You can apply for your licence through the postoffice after passing the course

Apply for jobs in your area

Once you have your licence, you can start applying for Nightclub Doorman jobs in your area






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Typical job description and responsibilities

Nightclub doorman may have a varying degree of responsibilities depending on the employer they work for. The most common duties of a Nightclub doorman include the following:

  • Controlling the crowd
  • Ensuring safety and security
  • Provide customer service and assistance
  • Monitor Guest Lists and Dress Codes
  • Prevent crime and disorderly conduct
  • Deal with emergencies and provide First Aid (if qualified to do so)
  • Conflict management between customers and staff
  • Eject non-compliant persons from the premises

Nightclub doormen usually have a very dynamic job description and you should expect to fill gaps wherever necessary.


How much does a Nightclub Doorman actually earn

With any career, how much you earn depends on your level of experience and skills accumulated. Nightclub Doormen wage rates usually fall in one of three experience levels:


New entrants to the security industry working as Nightclub Doormen can expect to earn between £10 and £15 per hour. High end and members only club tend to pay more.

Mid-level experienced professional

As an experienced mid-level professional, a Nightclub Doorman can earn anywhere between £15 to £25 per hour. Larger clubs and premises tend to pay more.

Head doormen

At this level, you can expect to earn £25+ per hour.


Behind the Licence

Beau has had his Door Supervisor Licence for 3 years and takes pride in having to deal with individuals that may be seen as a problem. Beau has successfully managed to become a Head Door Supervisor at his current company, and explains the differences between the more junior and senior roles.

Which personality traits suit this career the most

  • Assertive
  • Calm
  • Friendly
  • Attentive
  • Punctual
  • Trustworthy

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