Is a Bingo Caller a real job?

When I was growing up, I used to love playing Bingo with family and friends. And my favorite part of the game was when I got to be the one who called balls. I loved it so much that I told my parents I wanted to be a Bingo Caller when I grew up.

They put a stop to that idea, encouraging me to go to law school (I didn’t) or med school (also, nope, didn’t). I became a writer, partially because I love to write, but more so because I was told, rather untruthfully, that a Bingo Caller isn’t a profession.

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It turns out a Bingo Caller is a real job. Yup, it’s not a volunteer position as some would have you believe (my parents, specifically). It’s an actual job that people take seriously, and one that pays actual money.

So is the Bingo Caller profession right for you? Today, we’re digging deep to fill you in.

You won’t get rich, but…

According to Salary.com, an online portal that calculates average salaries for a number of different professions, the average Bingo Caller can stand to make around $23,746. However, of those surveyed in the United States, 50% of those in the United States stand to make less than that amount.

Bingo salaries in the UK tend to be higher for a number of reasons. First and foremost is the cost of living. It costs way more to live in the United Kingdom than it does to live in most cities in the United States. But there’s more to the story here. Bingo is actually way more popular in the United Kingdom, so much so that there’s actually a National Bingo game that united the entire kingdom. Bingo Callers who work for the National Bingo game tend to make more money than those who work in community Bingo halls.

Where to find a Bingo Caller job

It’s actually way easier than you think. Head over to Indeed.com and search for Bingo Caller. You’ll see that there are a variety of Bingo Caller jobs available. They usually pay hourly, which is why that $23,000 figure is actually on the high end. You can filter down based on location, so rather than searching the entire country, you can zero in on a specific city. However, we recommend looking across the country if you’re in the mood for something different. You never know what kind of Bingo Caller job you might find, including one that might offer a relocation package.

Beyond the Bingo hall

If you think Bingo only takes place online and in community Bingo halls, think again. You can find Bingo at senior citizens’ homes and even on cruise ships. If you are confident, have a natural stage presence, are great at speaking, are a whiz with numbers, and are reliable, a Bingo Caller job might be for you. So look around at various places beyond the regular Bingo hall and you might find the perfect Bingo dream job.

You can’t always start at the top

A Bingo Caller is a highly sought after job, so don’t be surprised if you don’t get the job without much experience. But there are a number of other jobs that can lead to the Bingo Caller position. There are lots of Bingo Attendant jobs and Bingo Customer Service Jobs. They might also be listed as Bingo Runners. These jobs involve selling Bingo cards, running winners up to the caller to verify wins, handling money, and so on.

Perfect for retirees

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While the Bingo Caller job doesn’t pay an arm and a leg, it could be a great job for someone just approaching retirement. It’s common for people who retire to suddenly find themselves incredibly boring. While it seems like a dream to go from working 40 hours a week to suddenly have nothing to do, the lack of a schedule can actually take a toll on a person’s health.

For that reason, many retirees look for part time work. A customer service greeter at big box stores, for example, is a common job. But a Bingo Caller might actually be way more appealing. Most Bingo games take place in the evening, and they only happen a few days a week. It could be perfect for a recently retired person looking to occupy their time.

Practice your game first

If you want to be a Bingo Caller, you’ll need to know the ins and outs of Bingo first. If you’re not 100% familiar with the game, we recommend spending some time online playing it. At 123BingoOnline.com, you can play free Bingo and play games with low buy-in cards. All it takes is a free account to get started, which you can set up in a matter of minutes

Another great place to start is in Bingo Chat Rooms, particularly the ones you’ll find at 123BingoOnline.com. There, you’ll find all kinds of people who are super-passionate about Bingo. You can pick their brain, talk to them about the game, and maybe even meet someone who runs a Bingo hall and is looking for a Bingo Caller to welcome onto the team.