How Much to Tip in Every Situation – From Your Hairdresser to Pizza Delivery to a Massage Therapist

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How much to tip?

Tipping seems like an easy concept – only it isn’t! Whether it’s who to tip, how much to tip, or if you’re even supposed to tip at all, I’ve had my fair share of moments where I ask myself “was that enough?” or “was that even necessary?” As a guide, I try to err on the side of more than less, mainly because I like to leave a good impression.

That said, at the end of the day, you do you. Everyone’s lifestyles are different! Decide on the amount that works for you and always be an appreciative guest. To help gauge an appropriate tip amount, I scoured the information on for suggestions of everyday instances for tipping.

While I follow the suggested tipping situations and amounts, please keep in mind these are simply suggestions on how much to tip– a certain amount may work for one person’s lifestyle but may not be the same for another.

Though tips can vary between customers, everyone should treat each experience and the people involved with respect and courtesy. Expressing gratitude and leaving with a big smile gives confirmation of a job well done.

Here’s our extensive guide on how much to tip

how much to tip a bartender mixing alcoholic drinks

How much should I tip bartenders?

  • $1-2 per drink or 15-20% of the bill

This varies depending on the atmosphere of the establishment. If your bartender is extremely knowledgeable about the drinks they serve, they’re friendly and conversational, or they buy you a round, I’d consider tipping a little extra.

How much should I tip coat check?

  • $1 or $2

This applies only if it’s a courtesy coat check. If there’s a fee then no tip is required.

how much to tip piano player in a lounge

How much should I tip musicians (at a lounge)?

  • $1-$5

Typically, patrons tip on their way out when a tip receptacle is present. Consider adding an extra dollar if they played a song you requested.

How much should I tip musicians (at a table)?

  • $1-$5

A good rule of thumb would be $1 per person in the musical group, maxing out at $5. Again, if you have a song request granted, consider throwing in an extra dollar.

top deck of a cruise ship

How much should I tip on a cruise?

  • $10-$13 per person a day

This amount is split between bussers, the cabin steward, Maitre d’, and waitstaff. Most cruises post suggested tips for services on their websites or in your cabin.

How much should I tip restroom attendants?

  • $0.50-$1

If it’s a nicer establishment, they’re keeping the counter clean and restocked, and they hand you a towel, tipping is definitely a nice gesture.

how much to tip at a casino

How much should I tip casino dealers?

  • Varies between casinos

Wages for casino dealers can widely vary between casinos, so tipping can be standard based on the location. You can tip by either placing a bet for the dealer, tossing a chip to the dealer, or tipping with bills when you cash out.

Tipping can also get the attention of dealers and pit bosses, which may make them more likely to provide drinks and comps during your time there.

How much should I tip casino servers?

  • $1 per drink

Even if you’re playing somewhere that offers free drinks while you’re actively participating in table games or slots, tip your server for each trip they make to the bar on your behalf.

starbucks barista putting cup in travel carrier in drive thru

How much should I tip baristas?

  • $0.50-$1

Most tips consist of the change from the order, though this applies more to handcrafted drinks or when heated food is involved. Most baristas agree that a tip on a quick coffee isn’t necessary.

people holding multiple pei wei entrees

How much should I tip for takeout?

  • $2-$3 or 10% of the bill

Food for thought (pun intended): Some places keep your phone number on file with your name, so they’re likely to remember you on your next order. It’s best to leave a good impression.

How much should I tip tattoo artists?

  • 15-20%

You definitely want to find a tattoo artist who is reputable for doing a good job. And just like any job well done, he/she deserves a nice tip.

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How much should I tip movers?

  • 5-10% of the cost or $10 to $20 per person

Moving furniture is a lot of manual labor. If the moving company helps bring in and set up your furniture, they definitely deserve a tip. The amount will depend on the level of difficulty, the number of items they’re moving, and the effort of the crew, so use your own discretion.

How much should I tip massage therapists?

  • 15-20% of service

At most day spas, it’s appropriate to tip 15-20% of the bill. However, if you’re getting a massage at a bargain price or are using a coupon code, the gratuity should be based on the actual retail value of the service and not the reduced rate.

If you’re staying at a resort spa, note that many spas add a service fee of 18-20% onto the massage or facial. If you think you received exceptional service, you can give the therapist additional money in the treatment room.

getting nails painted

How much should I tip manicurists/pedicurists?

  • 15-20% of service

When it comes to manis and pedis, tip them like you would tip your hairstylist. With a 15% to 20% tip, you can’t go wrong! If you are having an extra service done, adjust your tip accordingly.

How much should I tip car washers?

  • $2-$5 for a standard car wash
  • 10-20% for detailing

For a standard car wash, a $2 to $5 tip is appropriate. Many times, car wash businesses have a general tip jar that gets split up among all the car washing employees. However, if you are having your car detailed, a 10-20% tip of the total price is more appropriate.

how much to tip dog washer, dog being washed

How much should I tip dog groomers?

  • 15-20% of the service total

Dog groomers deal with all sorts of things on a daily basis that require a lot of tough physical labor and a whole bunch of patience. Your dog groomer lifts, pulls, clips, grinds, squeezes anal glands, bathes the dog, gets covered with water and soap, dodges bites and scratches, and deals with other common dog behavioral issues and things throughout the course of a day.

Showing your appreciation by tipping a dog groomer 15-20% of the bill is the least we can do.

How much should I tip for furniture delivery?

  • $5-$20 per person

The amount will depend on the size and complexity of the delivery. If the delivery person is delivering and putting the furniture together in your house, you may want to opt for the more generous tip.

How much should I tip house cleaners or maid service?

  • 15-20% of service

If you have a house cleaner who does a great job, it is always nice to show your appreciation by giving them a nice tip. However, the amount can vary on the amount of space they are cleaning, if they’re tackling a really dirty project (like a filthy kids’ bathroom), and how well the job is done.

How much should I tip for room service?

  • 15-20% if gratuity has not been included in the bill

According to a gratuity guide from the American Hotel & Lodging Association, room service staff should be tipped 15-20% of your total meal bill. However, some hotels may already include the gratuity on the bill, so be sure to check the fine print on the menu carefully. If this is the case, there’s no need to tip the staff directly.

golf clubs on course

How much should I tip golf course caddies?

  • Varies between courses

For tipping a caddie, your best bet is to ask the caddie master or head pro what is customary. If you’re having your clubs cleaned, tip anywhere between $3-5, plus a little extra if they bring them out to your car – though some clubs may have a no-tipping policy. Tips for shoe service, like changing spikes, cleaning, and polishing, is anywhere from $5-$10.

How much should I tip a maître d’?

  • $10-$20

This is the host of a nice restaurant. Times when you would consider tipping them: when they give you the best table, when they offer you a table without a reservation on a busy night, or if you just want to impress your date. 😉

how much to tip takeout delivery

How much should I tip a delivery person?

  • 10-20%

The factors here include timeliness and the condition of boxes/bags of the order. Remember that they do not make your food, so if there is a problem with the contents that don’t involve transport, that’s something to speak with the restaurant directly.

How much should I tip a valet?

  • $2-$5

If you’re not sure exactly how much, some people use the rule of thumb of $1 per $10,000 the car is worth.

buffet table with food

How much should I tip at buffets?

  • 10-15% of the bill

This might seem a little out of the ordinary due to the self-serve aspect, but someone is usually still taking your drink order and clearing your table as you make trips to the buffet line. Tips can be more than this suggested amount in the case of great service.

How much should I tip outdoor guides?

  • No standard

If you have an exceptional experience from a well-trained and knowledgeable guide, consider a 10-20% tip. Some companies have a no-tip policy though, so don’t be shocked if your offer is turned down.

boy getting his hair cut

How much should I tip a barber/hairstylist?

  • 15-20%

This depends on a few factors: Did you ask for a more complex cut or style? Do you know them well enough to schedule outside of calling the salon directly? Did they fit you in last minute? In those cases, it’s better to tip on the higher-end.

Also, if a different stylist colors your hair, tip them separately but at the same 10-20% rate. Lastly, if an assistant shampoos your hair separately from the stylist, it’s appropriate to give between $2-$5 to that person directly.

How much should I tip hotel housekeepers?

  • $2-$5

As a rule of thumb, tips are typically $2 per person, per night. To ensure the best service, it’s best to leave the tip in an envelope for housekeeping each day rather than all at once at the end of your trip. If you make special requests, like extra amenities, consider throwing in a little more.

how much to tip waitress taking order at restaurant

How much should I tip a waiter/waitress?

  • 15-20%

This is the most common tipping situation, so I’m going to break it down a bit further:

If you have a favorite waiter or waitress, feel free to leave higher than the typical amount. Or if you like to visit the restaurant often, this will ensure the staff recognize you when you come in to eat, which could result in quicker/more attentive service.

If you have a poor experience, let your waiter/waitress know BEFORE leaving a bad tip. Many establishments will work to resolve the issue, such as comping your meal or issuing a credit for a future visit. If the issue is resolved, you should still tip as normal. If the issue is not addressed or the situation turns negative, you may opt to tip on the lower end, though you still may want to speak with the manager before leaving the restaurant to make your case.

It would be extremely rare to come across a situation where it is justified to not tip at all. The employees will likely remember you, and you may not feel very welcomed in the future.

Lastly, when using a gift certificate, promotion or coupon, remember to tip on the full meal value, not just on what was actually paid.

What about tipping on services booked through tech?

It’s hard to navigate proper etiquette when so many new services are booked through tech. Should I have a full-blown conversation with my rideshare driver? How many notes are too many for the shopper tackling my grocery list? And the most commonly debated question—what’s the appropriate amount to tip? With insight from etiquette experts, we’re also outlining the suggested tipping amounts for modern-day services below.

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How much should I tip ridesharing services?

Uber originally boasted a “no-need-to-tip” policy, but that has changed over the last couple of years. When in doubt, you can use this helpful scale developed by Julia Boyd, an international etiquette consultant. She recommends tipping between 15-20% for exceptional service, 10-15% for good service, and 10% for average service.

That said, what’s considered exceptional, good, and average will vary person-to-person, but in an effort to make sure your driver knows how to perform “exceptionally”, let them know if you have a preference for the conversation level, music, or temperature.

GrubHub bag

How much should I tip takeout delivery services?

While many people say tipping 10% is fine, you should be tipping at least $5 for your order—and then more on top of that depending on the weather conditions. Coming from someone who lives in an area with unfortunately cold winters, we’re grateful for the delivery people who pick up our takeout while it’s snowing—they’re the real MVPs!

Just make sure your tip is reflective of the delivery and not the food itself. The driver can’t help it if the chef had a heavy hand with the spices on your General Tsao’s Chicken.

Instacart app

How much should I tip grocery shopping and delivery services?

Yes, this is a pretty big range, but all grocery orders are different. As outlined on Quora, a good rule of thumb is 5-20% for grocery orders under $200, 7.5-20% for orders over $200, and around $15-$25 on heavy item orders (ones that include bottled water or large quantity packs from warehouse stores).

Luckily with services like this, you can gauge a job well done after the shopper has left your doorstep. Are your frozen products still cold? Is the produce fresh and vibrant? Did they communicate about substitutions or out-of-stock products?

Most grocery services default the delivery tip to 5%, but if you think your shopper did an outstanding job picking out the best fruits, lugging a large pack of water up your stairs, or suffering through inclement weather to get to your home, feel free to tack on a couple of extra bucks.

Hip Tip: Read why we’re huge fans of grocery delivery services!

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How much should I tip for specialized delivery services?

For services that will deliver just about anything, like takeout food, office supplies, or a new computer, take into consideration what you’re asking when it comes to tipping. It also doesn’t hurt to acknowledge that these individuals are making barely over minimum wage and are worth their weight in gold when it comes to convenience.

Small food orders probably won’t warrant much over the 10%, but when large, heavy, or bulky items come into play, you may want to consider upping that percentage.

Oh, and while you can hand over cash at delivery or tip through the app, don’t falsely promise that a tip will come to the delivery person later—they’ll probably out you on the Postmates subreddit. 😂

woman using a drill to assemble furniture

How much should I tip for miscellaneous services?

This is a tricky situation, as you typically set the price for the task you’re asking (and people who commonly use the service feel the company discourages tips). This one is completely up to you and can be based on how long the person worked on your project or if they went above and beyond.

Keep in mind there’s a reason you contracted out the assembly of your new IKEA bookshelf—deciphering those instructions can be a pain! Generally, a few dollars or 10% of the hourly wage should suffice if you’re looking to reward an individual for a great job.

how much to tip at kroger

How much should I tip for grocery store pickup services?

When ordering your groceries directly through a store for pickup, you’ll be happy to know that the price you set out to pay doesn’t come with any other financial strings attached. A majority of the stores that offer this type of service have policies in place to prohibit tipping as a safety precaution to their employees.

Many store associates will let you know if they’re not allowed to accept tips should you try to slip them a few bucks upon pickup, but you can always call and speak to a store supervisor if you have questions about their tipping policy.

When are tips not necessary?

There are actually a few instances when a tip is not required, such as:

    • House Painters
    • Laundry Service
    • Personal Shoppers
    • Tailors or Seamstress
    • Telephone, Cable, Satellite, or Internet Installers or Repairmen

For the following, a tip isn’t necessarily required, but offering them a drink for their hard labor in your home is a courtesy gesture:

    • Appliance Repairman
    • Carpet Cleaners
    • Electricians
    • Plumbers
    • Handymen
    • Home Services when the owner is the one completing the job

Do you take advantage of any of these convenient services?

Let us know in the comments which services you love and your thoughts regarding these tipping ranges. And remember, everyone approaches tipping differently so please be respectful of varying views in responses. 🙂

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Emily obtained her Bachelor's degrees from Clarkson University with 4 years of content writing experience specializing in health, beauty, fashion, & living frugally.

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  1. KH

    As someone who has worked for a resort spa for nearly 20 years, I’ve seen the industry change greatly.
    We used to receive a much higher commission and guests were able to tip according to service.
    Now we receive a much lower commission per service and the hotel adds on a 20% service charge. What’s isn’t disclosed to guests is that we only receive a portion of that service charge. The hotel receives the rest. The guest has the right to ask the service charge to be adjusted accordingly and they can opt to leave strictly cash instead, which does go to the service provider in its entirety. This is always much more appreciated.

    • snpy496

      This is a fine example of employers being greedy and then expect customers to cover what the employee should have gotten. Sorry that’s happened to you.

  2. Tricia

    How about tipping the EMT or paramedic that helps you or saves your life or the life of a loved one? They make less than most of these people that you tip. I will tip when I deam it necessary. I don’t let anyone make me feel guilty when I don’t and alot of people do. So many of these people should not be tipped especially when you are already paying for the service.

    • Animity

      I couldn’t say it better myself! I hate our tip culture.

      • Paula

        I agree…servers make tipped minimum wage…In PA that is $2.83 an hour. NONE of these other tipped people get that wage.

  3. tracy

    Tipping is so out of control. Where I live the baristas at the coffee shop makes $15 an hour plus tips. The nurses aids at the nursing home make $13 and can’t accept any form of gratuity as it’s considered a bribe for preferential treatment.

    • tracey

      Yes! Second this!! And your nursing aid is going to help you with way more gross stuff (like bathing and going to the bathroom when you cannot,) than just making your special coffee the way you like it!

  4. Brooke

    I’m honestly tired of the whole guessing game! I’m at the point where I’d just prefer you to tell me the cost with expected tip included. Based on that information, I’ll either use your service or go elsewhere. I had my hair lightened, highlighted, cut and blow dried. I know this is generally an expensive process and as a mother of 2 on a tight budget, I feel guilty for doing anything for myself so I typically only do this once a year (around income tax time). The hair dresser took “before and after” pictures for her portfolio and promised to text them to me when we were done. My hair took approximately 2-3 hours. When finished, i was asked how much I’d like to leave for a tip. My total was around $120 and she did an excellent job. I happily replied, “20%” but after noticing the expression on her face, I wondered if I had said something wrong? I thanked her on the way out and she did not respond so the receptionist did. I texted her to thank her again, in case she didn’t hear me, and to asked if she would send the before and after pics. I never received a response. I later asked my neighbor who is a hair dresser and she told me that they view it more as clients should tip based off of the service provided and the amount of time spent, rather than the total. Huh?! She told me that I basically gave the girl $8 an hour and she was probably dissapointed. I’d love to hear a response from other hair dressers on that one. I agree with many who stated that this tip stuff is getting out of control. Where does one draw the line? Yes to servers, hair dressers, delivery food services, etc. I get it! No to the “tip jar” at Subway, Moe’s, the sushi guy at the buffet and the hands free carwash down the road from me! (Smh) Good grief! But that’s just my opinion.

    • Tricia

      Wow! My husband is an EMT and started at $8.38 an hour. He’s been in one ambulance accident where he had to be backboarded and sent to the ER because they thought he had internal bleeding. He’s been poked by a needle and has had to undergo one year of testing to make sure he didn’t contract any diseases from that needle. He has 6 herniated discs in his back from lifting so many patients over the years…..but a hairdresses is disappointed getting an $8 an hour tip on top of a $120 job!?!? Yeah no sorry. I only tip those who really survive off tips like waiters. The rest like tipping the mailman, cleaning service, furniture delivery etc is just ridiculous in my opinion.

      • Brooke

        Totally agree with you Tricia!

      • Emily

        That’s a $24 tip! That seems really good to me for a hair service. I am just as confused as you with this entire tipping thing.

      • Snazzytea

        I completely agree! Although servers in CA make minimum wage, not a servers minimum wage like in other states.

      • snpy496

        I would have changed that 20% to 0%.

        • Pam

          Yes! She didn’t deserve that tip at all. Tip should be given when the person feel like it not because she was forced to do so.

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    • Anne

      I usually tip 20% also when I go in for hair cuts. I don’t do more expensive styles because I’m low-maintenance on my hair, but I don’t understand why she was upset that you didn’t tip her more. I would think 20% would be acceptable!

    • annie

      Hi Brooke. I am a licenced cosmetologist (stylist) of 23 years and your 20% tip was fine. Please do not let some money hungry, greedy, young, and obviously self centered ‘hairdresser’ cause you to feel we are all in agreement with ‘her idea of what she deserves’. I have a completely full clientele which consists of clients I have had for many years (most have actually been with me for my entire career. I love them like my family and would never make them feel like less. Some tip me more, but I would NEVER EVER (I cannot emphasize that enoigh)expect them to. I am greatly appreciative of those that can and do, but I treat every one of them with equal love and attention.

    • Beth

      “I know this is generally an expensive process and as a mother of 2 on a tight budget, I feel guilty for doing anything for myself so I typically only do this once a year (around income tax time).” When I read this, I have to wonder if the author can put the same thought the other way around…. the hairdresser can say the same thing? What if the hairdresser is a mother of 2 and she is supporting her family on the job at hand? I agree the tip shouldn’t have been an issue and the hairdresser should have been happy (I tip 20% for the same hair coloring) but when I hear guests say they are on a tight budget, then maybe don’t go out to do X activity? The server is more than likely on the same tight budget and trying to earning a paycheck.

      • H Anne

        I’m in the same position with being on a tight budget and not getting to do much stuff for myself…. But I still get my hair done I just budget in advance. I think not knowing for sure how much of a tip is acceptable is a bit confusing.

      • Maud

        She tipped 20% , you said you tipped the same, how is this one of those situations? She said she doesn’t go when she can’t afford it. If industry standard is 10-20% then the hairdresser was considered in the 20% tip. She also is being paid for her services at a rate she likely set or accepted from a salon.

    • Jan

      That hairdresser is shameless! First of all that’s her job, she’s being paid for it and for somebody to give her a tip,
      She should have been grateful because even if she would walk all day and night, she probably wouldn’t find that amount on the street.

    • Diane

      I think your tip is fine, and the hairstylist’s reaction is just proof that tipping is getting out of hand. The tip you gave her added to what she was already making.

    • Melissa

      I’m a cosmologists but work in a barbershop now. I think your tip was a good one and she should have thanked you and sent the pics. However, if she’s taking before and after pics she’s either new (and broke) or was really proud of the work she did and thought she deserved more. I’d say find a new stylist who appreciates you and understands your situation. On the other side though, was she hourly, commission or booth rent? Don’t feel bad asking this and adjust tips accordingly. It’s different everywhere but I am booth rent. I pay $200 /week to the owner of the shop. Any money I make above that is mine but I buy all my supplies, color, tools, clippers, styling products, booking software, and advertising. After that and taxes I make about$11/hour. The first year I worked there was very hard while I built my client list up. I was going out of pocket just to pay rent some weeks. Tips for a newbie are the only thing keeping them afloat. So assuming she is new I could understand being upset but never let anyone see it. Treat everyone like you appreciate them because you should! That$24 was a lot more than she deserved with an attitude like that.

  5. Anna

    I had 5 to 8 2yr olds I did a preschool class with Monday – Friday. I changed diapers (some with major explosions from people bringing sick kids) been puked on and helped potty train. It was so exhausting but I did it because it helped pay for my kids to go to a private school. I didn’t even make minimum wage and received no benefits. They were able to do that because it was offsetting my kids tuition. I never got one paycheck but I never went around and said how unfairly I was treated or that I deserve more.

    • tracey

      I say thank you for what you do. You’re kids will be forever grateful you cared so much for them and sacrificed so much. The kids you have taken care of will be grateful later on to know someone cared about them when they were little…even if their parents didn’t.

  6. Tory

    I’m a Licensed Esthetician at a Dermatologist office and 50% of patients do not tip. They either don’t know (because it’s a doctor’s office) or they just don’t. Some ask if they can because it’s still a service I am providing! The ones that don’t tip are the Chinese patients (my office get a heavy traffic of Chinese – and don’t think I’m racist because I’m Asian myself). Yet, when I go get a massage, they badger you to tip or they start yelling at you if you don’t *eyeroll*
    As for tips – I get a range from $5 – $15 (which is between 5-15% of the service). Sometimes I get gift cards as well.

    • Jess Wong

      That’s funny…if you are not racist, why do you have to mention that Chinese don’t tip and yet defending yourself by saying you are Asian??? Why not be more specific about your own race? I mean don’t pharmacists, dentists, doctors, nurses, or even your kid(s)’ teachers provide a service to you? Do you ever tip them??? I mean as a licensed esthetician you make what, $19-25/hr? If that’s not enough and you need tips to live off of, you can put a tip jar/“tip appreciated” note up or find a better paying dermatologist to work for. In fact, let me know if you need help translating your note into Chinese. No charge or tip expected!

      • Diane

        Sounds like more of an observation than being racist.

  7. jodee805

    For those of us that go wine tasting make sure you tip your tasting room attendants accordingly. When you think about what you get and learn from them… they spend anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour educating you on the entire wine industry. It starts with the growing, harvesting, processing, characteristics, venue…. Tasting room attendants get paid very minimal. Most don’t get commission of wine sales so please tip according to service which is usually much more than a bartender gives 🍷

  8. nldaadmin

    I, too, wonder about places like Panera, where you place your order at the counter, and then, on your way to find a table, you get your own napkins, water, and drink refills. It’s not that different from Wendy’s. (We don’t eat out at more expensive restaurants because it’s not in our budget.) If you pay by credit card when you place your order, there is the obligatory screen that asks if you want to add a tip, and I usually do. But I don’t mind refilling my own water, so why am I approached to tip a nonexistent waiter? The most we get “served” is when they first deliver the order to the table- and nothing after that. (And that’s fine, and exactly what I expect from this business model.) Is anyone else flummoxed by this scenario?

    • Snazzytea

      I’ve seen that at places they don’t even deliver your food to you. You order and pick up at the counter.

    • Hunterwoody

      Your Panera bring a food to the table? The ones in my town page you to come get your own food. And still I tip…

  9. Bobbie

    What a useful tool, especially nowadays when those in our service industry are working so hard and need the help so desperately. Thanks as always, HIP, for keeping our community informed on how we can help each other!

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

      You’re most welcome, Bobbie! Thank you for the kind feedback! 🤗

  10. JODI P

    Door Dash gets $5-10, but a pizza/restaurant delivery guy gets only 10-20%?

    No way. The pizza guy is also helping to fix your food and clean the kitchen. Why should he get less?

    • Priscilla

      I just want to say that I deliver with Doordash and a lot of times I don’t get any tip, very rarely do I get anything close to $10. I might get $3 from Doordash to deliver the food 7-8 miles. Even sometimes it’s from a pizza place that I would think most people assume they should tip the driver if they worked for that pizza place. Even if they tipped $1 it would at least feel like they were a bit appreciative of my time and effort. I also deliver groceries through Doordash and it’s not uncommon to delivery bags and bags of groceries and not get a tip.

  11. mary

    this is a real hot topic – I am appreciative of anyone that provides our family/myself a service, since pandemic we have adjusted our tipping greatly with larger $$- I feel for those that have been hit hard and have lost income – interesting to read all the comments on here – I a lot of different viewpoints,.

  12. C

    Unless I’m staying somewhere for 5 days or more, I request housekeeping does NOT come During my entire stay (mainly bc I’m a germaphobe/have a compromised immune system but secondly bc I see it as unnecessary- I laugh that ppl complain that during covid you have to request the service). If there’s some sort of dire need for them, I might request it, but that would be rare; usually if I need something I catch them out on my way out in the morning- usually something small like emptying the bin or an extra towel- nothing major. In the USA housekeepers are paid well (with the exception of cleaning up after filthy pigs! Ppl who leave trash everywhere- or worse- are horrid)- I used to lifeguard at a hotel and housekeepers made more than me! They were paid about $11 per hour (minimum wage here is $7.25). I have tipped once at a hotel in Mexico and it was bc these ladies WORKED! They scrubbed down the hotel TWICE per day (and this was pre-pandemic)!! Plus I got some food poisoning and puked in a plastic trash can-filled it- bc another girl in my room was in the shower and would’ve freaked if I came in to use the toilet (I later also puked in the toilet). I also apologized profusely in Spanish to the housekeeper. That standard of cleaning is what should be expected- and I know in countries like Mexico they aren’t making much – nowhere near what they get paid in the USA. So those housekeepers I will tip.

  13. snpy496

    Employers should pay their employees properly, and we wouldn’t have all these guessing games. If someone goes above and beyond their job, I can see giving a tip. I was a carryout & hostess girl over 30 years ago and never received a tip and I never expected one, because that was my job. Tipping has gone s*** crazy.

  14. Kay

    Are we supposed to tip at a bakery? All I got was tiramisu to go. The employee only had to pack it for me. The screen has a tip amount, so I felt obligated to tip. I didn’t mind since it’s a small business n during pandemic. But for future purposes, should we tip at bakeries where all we do is pick up the baked goods?

  15. amazin

    Depends on anyone. Unfortunately postmates, iber eats pay too little per order. The driver doesn’t get paid the minutes waiting fir an order that’s not too far, and same base pay no matter how big the order is. My opinion is $5 cash on hand for amazon prime and postmates drivers. Only my preference.

  16. Observant Mom

    Tipping is out of control. Everyone wants a tip for doing their job. I don’t think so! Everyone wants a hand out. I’m sorry but if your job doesnt pay a decent amount for you to survive off of then maybe you should look for another job that does. I will tip when someone goes above and beyond their job description, but only then. I will not tip because people say I should.

    • Eunice

      I agree with you 100%

    • camille9138

      I get what you are saying, but it really isn’t as simple as just “finding another job” otherwise people would already be doing it. Living paycheck to paycheck is an anxiety ridden experience that no one wants. The reality is that our economy is built on these low wage jobs and as consumers we are subsidizing the profit of business who choose not to pay a living wage, both through tipping and taxes for support services when people who are working full time still can’t make ends meet.

    • Casey

      I agree. Just because your job doesn’t pay well doesn’t mean I have to leave a big tip or one at all. All for helping others but we can’t help everyone or we will have no money for ourself.

  17. Bandal

    I personally think tipping is totally out of hand. They were employed to do a service and a good job. Nobody tips people working in offices for doing their job. Where does it stop?

    • Kaylee

      Exactly! My husband works at a hospital in administration. Deals with patients daily who barely thank him when he gets their (very expensive) medical bills written off for example. Daily they’re complaining at his employees’ “audacity” to request payment for medical services…makes zero sense. Those same people probably drive from the hospital to get an $8 Starbucks and tip the barista. 🤦🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️

  18. KimiB

    I’ve been a server for 23 years so I thought I’d jump into the conversation ☺️ I make a very good living by working for tips. Servers are paid less than minimum wage (at least in my state). We still pay tax on the tips that we receive and I believe there is a rule that if our tips don’t bump us up to minimum wage then the employer has to cover the difference. This has never happened to me. However, if the employers had to pay the servers more, that would mean they would likely have less staff on the floor. So, your server would go from having 3-5 tables to having 10+ tables (I’m estimating). The level of service you receive would suffer greatly. I personally love going out and getting great service and I’d be sad to see that option disappear. I agree the system is crazy but I’m not sure how to fix it and maintain the experience we all love. I love my job and I’m greatful that people have been so generous over the years.

  19. Ivy

    Tipping is out of control. Because of the tipping expectations I have waitress friends making more money than my nurse (LPN) wage which is $17. Don’t mind me out here risking my life for yours while your worried about the pay of…people delivering your furniture? Tipping on takeout?

    Personally, I’d prefer a black and white number on my bill and do away with tipping expectations. Pay ppl their fair wages. But I do get why some waitress don’t want that. I have friends making great money.

    • camille9138

      There’s a directory here where I live (Twin cities) that lists the restaurants that pay living wage and benefits to employees instead of the $2.13 minimum, so there’s no tipping. Maybe there’s something like that for where you live? We were actually in Asheville, Nc the first time we experienced this and were so confused by the lack of tip option for the bill!

  20. Deb

    During the early stages of the pandemic, I found that I had to put up front on an Instacart order that I would tip 15% or none of the shoppers around here would accept my order. The app automatically defaulted to 5%, so I initially didn’t realize that I could increase the tip from the start. (I was happy to pay the 15%—-it was just that I didn’t understand how the system worked. We are a family that has immune-compromised members, so shopping in stores before the vaccines became available wasn’t an option for us. I am eternally grateful for those who helped us.)

  21. Tiffrafferty

    My son delivers furniture and they appreciate tips. It’s a hard job and the delivery fee does not go to the delivery drivers.

    • Zara

      They are the ones who really deserve a good tip. They ruin their shoulders and backs, working for a very small pay!

    • michquagruss

      Do they get paid an hourly wage?

  22. mrswagley

    What about a florist? My husband had a beautiful bouquet made for mother’s day and the lady arranged it after getting a few details from him ony favorite flowers and colors. Seems like she put forth extra effort but idk if tips are generally given for that…

  23. ginger

    At what point do the employers pay the employees?

    • camille9138

      So this!!!!

  24. bunged

    And remember, tip pretax, not on the total. I also refuse to tip at fast food or counter service places.

  25. Lora

    There have been a few times when I included my 10% tip for curbside pickup prior to picking up and they screwed up my orders, usually omitting part of my order. I often wondered if my tip wasn’t proper.

    • Laura

      No this is standard pickup etiquette. Lol I have never picked up an order that was correct from ANY where, in my home town or when I’m traveling. From high end restaurants to fast food. So now I take my time and check the order at the pickup counter. 100% of the time it is incorrect or missing items… like parts of the meal, not just drinks or condiments. I honestly feel this is done intentionally, because once you’re home, you’re not gonna want to drive back for the missing rice and missing salsa for your chips… 🙄

  26. Mnkfxt

    This list is absurd! If tipping is a fair practice then let’s extend it to TEACHERS, Healthcare workers, & Farmers! … but Only tax dollars allowed? …Sure that’s a great system.

  27. Christie

    What about appointments for electrolysis – is there tipping advice there? My lady charges $60 for 30 minutes.

  28. Christie

    What about services for electrolysis? She owns her own business and charges $60 for 30 minutes.

    • Deb

      this is her own business she is setting the price for this. if she wants more then she will raise the rates.

  29. Casey

    Where does it end? Our tipping has gotten out of control. People need to stop making others feel guilty for how much they tip or if they don’t tip.

    • jen2020

      🤣 Tipping has gone out of control and so has people’s expectations! I am so glad I am getting our own haircut, cleaning my own house and not dining in during the pandemic. I am not missing any of those services and I am very happy living a “tip free”life!

  30. sfc_abby

    Hip2Save, thank you for all you do! Thank you for your time and effort. Regardless of the service, sometimes we do not know what that other person is going through. If I, we, are able to make a difference in this world, I want to do it. I have always tipped, not matter what. I hope continue to my journey to be debt free so I can live like no one else and live and give like no one else. We have to make others smile despite the way this world is. Thanks again!

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

      You’re SO very welcome! Thank YOU for taking a moment to share your thoughts with us!

  31. Dee

    Sorry if this has already been answered (too many responses to read thru!!). If I get my hair colored from the salon owner, do I still need to tip? And if so, how much? I usually tip about 20% but a couple of friends have told me that tipping is not necessary for owners. She’s never had an issue accepting my tips so I’m not sure if this is an unwritten rule…also, would it be weird for me to stop tipping all of a sudden? Thanks for your help, money has gotten tighter recently so looking to cut back where I can!

    • Sarah

      There’s a misconception that owners don’t ‘need’ tips or shouldn’t accept them. Most small business owners are broker than a joke. Keep on tipping her!!!

  32. llaura256

    I dont understand why we should tip when getting botox or fillers. Do u tip when u get a flu shot or cosmetic surgery? Its already expensive and just because someone started that trend doesnt mean its necessary. Of course, if you do provide those services you are gonna agree but just remember that now EVERYONE wants a tip. Tips are for those who get paid less and are relying on tips. Salary plus tips is nonsense.Ive worked jobs where I had tips when I was younger so I understand but come on now …then again its just my opinion.

  33. Kara

    Tip if you want to or not
    If you don’t tip than think about supporting to raise the national minimum wage for all employees and omit the option for paying service industry a lower wage.
    Others that make minimal wage or higher should not ever expect a tip.

  34. Tricia

    Waiters and people who rely on tips is one thing but other than that no. I feel like if a first responder isn’t tipped for saving a life making $8.50 an hour there shouldn’t be tipping for a cleaning service who charges $40 plus an hour.

  35. Sarah

    I tip based on service. If I get bad service why should I give them a bonus for sucking. I work hard for my money. And yes I have worked many years at a tipped job. I generally only tip at food /drink industries. I live in a state where it’s not a tipped minimum wage. I also work in a state that doesn’t allow supervisors, managers or owners to accept tips. So all tips go to crew. Unless it says on their uniform or name tag their position you don’t always know where that tip is going. I own a restaurant and work well over 40 hours a week (yes I actually work in my stores) and many times customers talk about how much their tipping and that I deserve it for working so hard. Little do they know, I don’t see a dime of that. Tipping has gotten way out of control in our country.

  36. Kay

    Tipping is overrated and should be stopped. Tipping waiters and waitresses that make less than minimum wage is one thing, anyone else that expects it is just greedy. I have been told that tipping is a US thing, and it is not allowed in other countries.
    After the first time getting Shipt to deliver during the pandemic, I was shocked that not only did I have to pay a $10 delivery fee, but that the system was requesting a tip. I have a few friends that do this for a living and they filled me in on a few things, you pay more per item through shipt then you do if you go into the store and shop. Second, they get bonuses if your order goes unclaimed. They do not make less than minimum wage and they make a percentage of your order. So why am I tipping them??
    The last person who delivered to me contacted me 10 minutes before my order delivery window to say that she was coming to my rescue because no one else chooses me and since she had time she would. She told me that most will not choose orders over 20 items. She was 15 minutes late arriving but treated me like she did me a favor. My order could have gotten her a $20+ bonus for claiming it late, she was probably watching the bonuses add up before claiming it. So why should I feel guilty for not adding a tip, she made plenty on my order. Because if I don’t I get blacklisted by the shoppers for not tipping. They have a system on youtube on how to track big tippers and since I order groceries there are always more than 20 items, in the yogurt alone. (family of 4, one yogurt a day for a week)

    To summarize, you pay extra for the items through shipt, plus a membership fee or delivery fee, plus they get possible bonuses plus they want a tip, a big tip, or you are blacklisted.

  37. michquagruss

    I never understood the obligation to tip… especially now when everything is so much more expensive… pizza went from 11.99 to 13.99 plus an additional 1.50 for delivery… all said and done you’re paying $20 for a pizza that costs $3 to make…I doubt once the pandemic and inflation is out the door the prices with drop…these businesses should figure out a better pay for there employees …tipping for take out?… seriously do you tip the folks at McDonalds?

  38. Amy Copperpenny

    I simply no longer tip. I paid $275.00 to have my hair done. That’s plenty of money for my hair dresser. After prepayment of tips on our first cruise , it seemed like everyone had their hand out. I ended up tipping two room stewards for great service. But, I will no longer prepay tips. Went to Zaxbys the other day. They had a tip cup taped to the drive thru window. Just no no no .

  39. Luv2save2

    And now I notice when I check out at Walgreens, Publix, Arby’s, etc… the cashier always asks if I want to donate $ to a certain cause. I have no problem saying no thank you. I’ve never asked anyone if they would like to contribute to my electric bill, mortgage, etc.

  40. Jessica

    Where I live the instant cart and shipt people won’t even touch your grocery order if you don’t tip at least 20% or more. I only know this because I work at the local grocery store and they’ve told me this.

  41. Molly

    I love the shout-out to grocery pick up services! Here’s a hint for services that can’t or customarily don’t receive tips- a positive Yelp review can help build business or earn employees perks at work!

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