Some Tips on Tipping

Some Tips on 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.

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