Some Tips on Tipping

A handy guide to tipping

Tipping etiquette varies by who you ask. Ask 10 of your friends who they tip, why, and how much, and you’ll likely get at least 8 different answers. If you’re sick of trying to figure out tipping, feel free to use this guide below as your one-stop shop.

Who To Tip

As US News reports, the main rule of thumb for who to tip comes down to their form of payment. If the person is on a salary or is paid well, you don’t have to tip. If they rely on tips and/or aren’t paid well without them, you tip. Here’s some people you should tip, and how much:

  • Restaurant servers (20 percent of the bill)
  • Bartenders ($1 or $2 per drink, or 20 percent of the bill if you run a tab)
  • Baristas ($1 per drink)
  • Food delivery service (20 percent of the bill)
  • Movers (Either $5 to $8 per hour or $50 per mover)
  • Hotel valet, concierge, housekeeping ($1 to $5, $5 to $10, $5 per day, respectively)
  • Hairdresser/Barber (20 percent of the bill)
  • Who Not to Tip

  • Lawyers, financial advisors, accountants
  • Health professionals, like doctors
  • Mechanics
  • Plumbers
  • Teachers (aside from pooled donations or gifts from every parent)
  • Keep in mind culture when considering a tip. If you’re traveling overseas, you might not be expected to tip. And remember, if someone is dependant on tips, give them a break. If the service is truly terrible, leave less than 20 percent. But you should really think twice before not tipping. No one is perfect, and everyone can have a bad day. Including you.

    Chris O'Shea

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