How Much to Tip (& Not Tip) in Every Situation

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Here are some suggestions of how much to tip in every situation.

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We’ve got the tips for ya on tips. 💸

“Was that enough or too much?”. No matter who, how much, or if you should tip at all, we’re sharing how much to tip in every situation.

That said, at the end of the day, you do you. Everyone’s lifestyles are different, so 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 NerdWallet, Bankrate, Ramsey Solutions, and The Washington Post for suggestions of everyday instances for tipping.

Here’s an easy tip hack before we get started!

lined paper with breakdown of how to tip

To calculate a 20% tip, first, identify 10%, then double that amount. So, if the total cost of your service was $90.00 move your decimal over one space to the left to find 10%. That leaves you with $9. Then double that $9 to find your 20% tip which would be $18. Voila! 

Use a handy tip calculator if you need help faster!

Note: 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. Tips can also 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.

Now, here’s our extensive guide on how much to tip in every situation:

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.

Attendants for wine tastings, breweries, and similar experiences are some you should consider tipping extra for, as they are providing a learning and enjoyable experience.

How much should I tip coat check?

$1 or $2

This applies only if it’s a courtesy coat check. A nice rule of thumb according to is $1 per coat and $2 for a larger bag. 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)?


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

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


According to, a good rule of thumb is $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 to tip on a cruise?

$10-$13 per person a day

This amount is split between bussers, the cabin steward, Maitre d’, and the waitstaff. Most cruises post suggested gratuities for services on their websites or in your cabin. This can vary depending on which cruise you board and Etiquette Scholar also noted it will depend on the stateroom category you’re staying in, too.

How much should I tip restroom attendants?


If it’s a nicer establishment, they’re keeping the counter clean and restocked, handing you a towel, and sometimes even giving you complimentary items such as fragrances, candy, and more. Tipping anywhere from 50¢ to a few dollars 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?


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 gratuity on a quick coffee isn’t necessary.

people holding multiple pei wei entrees

How much to tip for takeout?

$2-$3 or 10% of the bill

Food for thought (pun intended): Although there isn’t an obligation, it’s nice to leave a good impression if you’re a regular at your favorite takeout spot.

How much should I tip tattoo artists?


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 gratuity.

money saving moving tips — flattened moving boxes you can get for free

How much should I tip movers?

5-10% of the cost or $4-5/hour

Moving furniture is a lot of manual labor, and it’s not easy for anyone. 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. The amounts above are based on

How much should I tip massage therapists?

15-20% of the service

It’s appropriate to tip 15-20% of the bill at most day spas. 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% to 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 beauticians and cosmetologists 

15-20% of the 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 the amount accordingly. This also goes for eyelash extensions and waxers.

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, 10-20% extra on top 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 requires 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.

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How much to 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 a more generous amount.

How much should I tip house cleaners or maid service?

15-20% of the 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 their total meal bill. However, some hotels may already include 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 at that golf course. 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, such as changing spikes, cleaning, and polishing, are anywhere from $5-$10.

How much should I tip a host or maître d’?


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 restaurant delivery person?


The factors here include timeliness and the condition of the 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?


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

buffet table with food

How much should I tip at buffets?

10% 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

Consider a 10-20% tip if you have an exceptional experience with a well-trained and knowledgeable guide. 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?


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 at 10-20%. 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?


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?


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 recognizes 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 welcome 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 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.

uber app on phone

How much should I tip Uber, Lyft, taxis, or other 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 Uber Eats, Doordash, Grubhub, or other takeout delivery services?

Similar to a delivery person directly from the restaurant, you should tip your delivery service personnel around 15%. 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 gratuity is reflective of the delivery and not the food itself. You may also want to consider how far your driver is traveling and many people tip based on milage rather than the percentage of their bill. As an idea, consider tipping $2 for every mile driven.

Instacart app

How much should I tip for Instacart, Shipt, Walmart+, and other grocery shopping and delivery services?

According to Ramsey Solutions, a 15-20% gratuity is suggested when using a grocery delivery service. You’re making a list and sending it to someone who is going to physically shop for you and, most of the time, be in constant contact with you asking questions and making sure they have everything you need.

Depending on the service, they might use their own personal vehicles to deliver those heavy groceries. 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?

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 show that appreciation through a tip.

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

postmates bag and app on phone

How much gratuity should I pay for specialized delivery services?

  • 10-20% or $3

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 less than minimum wage without tips 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.

woman using a drill to assemble furniture

How much gratuity should I pay 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! Taskers set their own wages, but the tips 100% go directly to them, so anything above their price point will suffice if you’re looking to reward an individual for a great job.

Walmart Grocery Pickup cashier putting bags in van

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 for 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.

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When are gratuities unnecessary?

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

    • House Painters
    • Laundry Service
    • Medical appointments
    • 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

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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. 🙂

Looking for more ways to express gratitude? Check out our random acts of kindness ideas.

About the writer:

Emily obtained her Bachelor's degrees from Clarkson University with 5 years of content writing experience specializing in health, beauty, fashion, home, & living frugally.

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Comments 288

  1. 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! 🤗

  2. 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?

  3. 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,.

    • Monique


  4. 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?

    • Jane

      a big fat NO! they can close the bakery if they want their tip for every purchase! that’s insane!

  5. 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.

    • Gina

      💙❤💙❤ does anyone know how much to tip a massage therapist in a Wellness center or pain clinic? Do I have to? They are professionals, why the tip?

      • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)

        For me, Gina I always tip at 20% for a massage at a wellness or pain clinic.

        • Gina

          Oh God. I didn’t know I had to. They already charge $120 an hour here in my area. Too much.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

    • Cali

      I my state it is at least minimum wage plus tip. That is kind of unfair if a server in one state is making way more than a server in another state, yet still basically getting the same tip.

  8. 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.)

  9. 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.

  10. 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…

    • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)

      If I am anywhere that someone puts out the extra effort, I do always tip. I don’t think it’s required, but I like to show the person how much I appreciate it.

  11. bunged

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

    • Nancy

      I have looked at the difference, and at least in my state (Massachusetts) the difference in the tip is usually $1/$2 so I usually tip on the whole thing

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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!

  15. 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!

  16. 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!

    • Lisa

      This obviously is an old post BUT– THIS!! I think of it every time I go get my hair done , my hairdresser is the owner. I don’t want to suddenly stop tipping but I would love to be able to just round up not worrying about percentage considering she stands right there with her square reader and I have maybe 5 seconds to decide on an amount! The cut and color are already A LOT of $$

      • Carrie

        Daughter of a salon owner and yes, it is customary to tip the owner as you would tip anyone else. 🙂

      • Thuan D

        It’s not urgent to tip the owner! They are greedy! Please always tip the employees bc that’s how they make a living. My family’s friends mostly work in cosmetology field & they don’t get paid a lot bc the owners think the workers get tips. The owners still banking whether you tip or not but the employees there are paid little bc the owners don’t care about their employees. They gives excuses of tips to crush the employees salary. It’s sad

        • Vicki

          That is extremely rude to label salon owners as greedy. We are the ones with the leases, who do the renovations, order products, pay the bills. A lot of employees make more than us!

          • Lori

            One won’t be running a business if their employees are making for than them (business owners. If that is the case, why own a business and gamble your money when you can be an employee and earn more than the owner? What you said do not make sense at all.

        • Carrie

          Um, no. This is actually ignorance speaking. In many salons (I’d guess half or more), there are no employees. The individual doing your hair is an independent contractor and the owner is no one’s boss. Owners make a small amount of money renting space to the other stylists. They are not getting a cut of each sale. If you don’t want to tip–don’t. But don’t expect any favors or extras.

  17. 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.

    • I dont think so

      Thes people who does botox and fillers are not minimum wage or $15-16/hour employees. They need to have some certification/license in order to be able to do this job so they are supposedly professionals. They do not need to get a tip in my opinion.

  18. 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.

  19. 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!

  20. Russell Mihills

    While reading the stories on housekeeping at hotels, I was reminded of a time I spent in an ancient hotel in Peru. I managed to eat something I shouldn’t and woke up about 3 a.m. with food poisoning. I was so stinking sick. A soft spoken housekeeper showed up and cleaned my room and helped me change into clean pjs. My group was scheduled to visit Machu Picchu the next day so I was left alone. This housekeeper came back around 7 a.m. to check on me and when she found me sick, weak, and alone she stayed with me all day until my group came back late in the afternoon. How much should I have tipped her. I don’t remember exactly how much I left for her but our guide told me it was more than she made in a year. Worth every penny!!

    • sylvia

      A year?!? OMG!

  21. Ann

    It is almost like tips are just expected these days regardless of the service. I don’t tip unless the tip has actually been earned.

    • tipaye

      Agreed, I can’t even go to Crumbl to get a cookie without being expected to tip 😂 Employers get off way too easily and the tipping culture in the US is absolutely insane.

      • Brandi

        Agree Ann. Here me out, I love to give and I’m a generous tipper however…….I completely agree with you. Tips are an expected part of the wage now. We now get asked if we “want to leave a tip” at fast food/coffee places?! Awkward. That’s aside from asking us at stores if we want to “donate to this charity” today in front of everyone in line). That’s after I get by all those standing on the corners of the parking lot asking for money on my way in and out of the grocery stores. 🤦🏼‍♀️ The “expectancy” of other peoples money has gotten ridiculous. The work ethic often times isn’t even there to receive anything extra. Entitlement, it’s frustrating and sad.

        • TrailTrekker

          Yes!!! It’s to the point I now make sure I carry cash at those places, because if I hand them cash I don’t get asked, “Would you like to leave a tip on the card?” It is awkward, just like you said.

          • Brandi

            Agree. I have started doing the same thing.

      • Amirah

        They expect tips there too? Wow

  22. suzieq-0

    What about a photographer?

  23. Knicks02

    I tip our nails carrier at Christmas and in hot days will take bottles of water out to trash haulers

    • Judy Trac

      They tipped the trash men hefty bc they understand how it feels like to receive no tip at work. So they try to cheer up the trash men & appreciate trash men. Giving tip is makes them want to work harder & enjoy their job

    • LC

      The employees don’t get paid much so… should it be the responsibility of the patrons to pay the employees or the employers? That’s the problem. If I’m already paying $100 for a massage, it’s currently expected that I pay an additional $25-30 minimum as a tip. So what’s the $100 for?

      • Tamara

        Having worked at a spa in a large hotel, I can help answer this question. The spa was privately owned and the owners paid $12k a month rent just to have the spa there and large amount of $ to offer organically sourced ingredients for facials, body treatments etc, so with exorbitant overhead, so the staff therapists were only paid roughly $21 to $32 on a $100 massage.

    • amandaa

      This is blatant fat shaming saying “elephant’s legs” and should NOT be allowed on this site. This comment should be immediately removed! I am appalled it hasn’t been taken down already and no one has commented about the inappropriate verbiage used…. Very disappointed in this person who posted this comment.

  24. Debbie Beracha

    I tip our mail carrier and newspaper delivery person at Christmas time (about $25.00 each) with a nice handwritten card thanking them for great service all year.

    • Carrie

      As a Federal employee it is illegal for a Fed (where I work) to take a gift over $10 in value. Taking cash is a absolute no no. It could cost them their job. I am not USPS so you should ask them what the rules are but losing a Fed retirement is not worth $25 IMO

  25. Nic

    I do not like the tipping culture. Everyone wants a tip. Many of us are working jobs in customer service that do not receive tips.

    • Marie

      It’s ridiculous that ice cream stores, juice stores, boba stores have these ipads which automatically asks for tips after buying to go drinks. I mean is it not enough that I patronized your store? What service was done for me? You prepared the drink and you’re doing it as an employee. Did you have to serve my drink and clean up after me? Nope. It used to always made me feel embarrassed not to leave a tip in stores like these, but I think it’s NOT right to ask for tips in stores like I mentioned.

  26. Barbara

    I disagree a lot of these jobs are there personal business and make a salary. I’m in the service business and I don’t get tipped.

  27. Maria

    How much do you tip the target workers that bring your order to your car for “order pickup”?

  28. Denise

    I just took my daughter to her first Concert at a small venue. She ended up buying a sweatshirt (that was already overpriced, imo) and paid with her debit card. The app it was charged through asked her if she wanted to add a tip of 10, 15, or 20% and before I could stop her, she had selected the 15%. We had a good talk about it afterwards and what warrants a tip and what is an appropriate tip but it’s difficult to navigate now when everyone out there seems to be wanting to be tipped no matter the situation.

  29. Sam

    Can we just pay people living wages like europe already?

  30. Babymair

    Hi, I just need to say a few things, if I come off as rude,I am not trying to sound like that. I am a bartender in Pa. I only make 2.83$ yes, thats all .so I do rely on tips .During the pandemic when everyone got unemployment and extra money, I did not receive any, I and a lot of bartenders I know did not get it we didn’t make enough for our quarters.. I work at a local bar ,over the last 13 years, they have become my family. Thank goodness for them. They found out I wasn’t receiving any money and I would get maybe a $20 in my mailbox in an envelope, sometimes less,sometimes more. When I was recoverying from cancer, I would go to work and listen to my regular customers and what was going on in there life. I kinda needed that. But what drives me crazy now is some people run you ragged,food, drinks,every time you go to the table sometimes someone else wants something,( when my bar is full, I’ll make sure to ask if any one needs any thing , because I am the only one there) then the bill comes and its $70 to $100 dollars for them and friends .Then its time to pay the bill .. a few this happen ( not all the time , not regular customers) so here goes and people don’t want to pay even the bill ,because they can’t afford it, or they think think its a game to beat the bar out of money and they scream at you, and make such a seen, or look at you and say. “No tip for you,maybe you should have saved all that unemployment money you got or ” no tip for you pick a other job” thats just a few of the things people say .. my point ? yes… its great to get a tip, its crappy if you dont get one , but just remember, this is what we deal with day in and day out .Go out ,drink ,eat, have a great time if don’t feel like tipping ok, just don’t treat or let your friends or family treat the bartender/server like they are dirt. I love my job, I just don’t want to loose this type of interaction w/servers and bartenders, and without us, people won’t be able to go to bars or restaurants , there won’t be any open . Lastly, I don’t want a tip from everyone, just be nice to us ….that all . Thanks and God bless all of you .

  31. Mai Trac

    PEOPLE! Do not tip the owners to any salon, beauty shop, or hair place. They make a lot of profit but their employees make little. The owners will take advantage of their employees & say the employees get tips so the owner will pay their employees minimally. My family’s friends work in cosmetology & they bend their backs to massage & fix a lot for customers to complain/requests but walk out with $0 tipping. It’s sad…all the money goes to the owners. The owners don’t pay those employees benefits not holiday bonus. Their salary is dependent on tips. But customers don’t pay tips thinking the employees get high salary. Most people I know want to quit their job & be their own boss bc they hardly get paid as an employee while the owners live in million dollar houses. It’s sad. Tip the employees & not the owner!

    • CP128

      I disagree and this is not often the case. In many salons, the stylists are independent contractors and not employees. I am very familiar with the industry and many independent salon owners are working their own butts off, and not raking in the cash you seem to think they are.

  32. Mai Trac

    Btw.. hair salon, nail salon, beautician, occupations that provide service especially manual labor services rely on tips. Customers paying high dollars for a package & not tipping is like eating at a restaurant & ordering expensive food to profit the owner of the restaurant & not tipping the waiter when the waiter is the one that depends on the tip for a living. It’s sad. Salon owners are similar to restaurant owners. They pay their employees nothing & give the excuse of employees receiving tips. Our family friend works as a salon & she’s barely making enough to pay rent while her owner is living in a 2 million dollar houses & always telling his renovation stories for a new home. While his employees barely has enough to pay rent or bring food on the table for their families. The owner don’t even give the workers Christmas bonus citing “the workers get tips” when customers don’t even tip. The owner don’t pay benefit or any workers compensation. They excused themselves by saying customer pay tip so they pay the workers minimum. Eventually nobody wants to work for the owner…we have a friend who needs to job bc it’s closer to her kid’s school so she can pick them up after work. So she has no choice but to stay at that work

    • nononono

      If it’s a to go purchase, why tip? In this specific scenario, someone has to pay the wage of the server. I as a customer did not get served my meal. I’m not paying tip to pay the server’s wage. I work to serve clients, but I do not get tipped. I only earn minimum wage, why would I give away my dollar like I have a lot? They need to either talk to their owner, go as a group and seek for labor law changes or find a different job.

  33. Tiffany

    What about the auto mechanic?!

  34. SaveySaver

    I am a good tipper but tipping a tattoo artist and pick up for take away? NOPE!

    • JennD

      What’s the difference between tipping a hairdresser vs. a tattoo artist?

    • SLS

      I’m guessing your tattoo artist(s) won’t really welcome your return!

    • Ash

      You should always tip your tattoo artist. They will more than take care of you as far as touch ups, etc go. When I decided to add some color to a tattoo I have, my artist did not charge me because I tip her so well.

    • Becky

      I’ve never tipped my tattoo artist (this is the first time I’ve heard I should) but I’ve sent her enough referrals to make up for my 2 tats and I will know next time that tipping them is a thing

  35. LC

    I never tip for take out. I’m seeing more and more tip jars at fast food and quick serve places too. In my state, all servers make at least minimum wage, so the expected 20% tip for average/below average service doesn’t sit well for me. We usually get food to go to avoid the additional charges (expected tips, “covid” fees tacked on). Everyone is hurting in this economy, but it’s not our job to pay the employees. It’s their bosses job.

  36. SLS

    I tip for take out because there are people cooking and preparing your food for going out the door. Often tips are shared between kitchen and wait staff and I am grateful that they work together to help feed me and my family.

    Not everyone can “get another job” nor would you want them to do so – what will happen then to your favorite restaurants, etc?

    • barbara

      The tips are typically not shared with the kitchen. Bartenders, busboys, food runners and bar backs yes. If tips are being shared with the kitchen this is highly unusual.

  37. Mir

    Oh wow, a lot of these are low! Especially the %s. And you forgot mechanics.

  38. Louise Kestoll

    So if you pay $12.95 a month for the service do you consider that different or do you tip the same? I never know what to do but I do know I pay $12.95 a month, then I have noticed some of the products are more expensive and lastly I need to tip 15-20 percent? When is it just part of the job? Like a cashier- I don’t tip them.

  39. Tips are Optional!

    Tips are given based on the quality of service. I’m sorry, but if my server at a restaurant does a terrible job then I have no problem not leaving a tip. If you want a tip, give better service. For people who say servers make less than minimum wage- that is not my problem. Servers know exactly how much they will make before they start the job or when they start the job. If they don’t like their guaranteed hourly pay of less than minimum wage before tips then they better get on it and give great service to earn those tips or go look for a better paying job. I, as a customer am not obligated to make up the wage gap of a server. I tip according to the service I get, IF I feel like it. I’m not obligated to tip. Everyone wants a handout these days.

  40. Mel

    Tipping is very complicated. For services like Instacart, I don’t tip 15% upfront. I give a minimum amount and only increase the tip after my order had been delivered. I give a generous tip only if I am satisfied. I believe in paying for hard work. If someone does a good job they should get paid more. If someone does a lousy job, they should be tipped a minimum amount.

    I’d rather they increase the price for everything and eliminate tipping.

  41. Mary Anne

    I do not tip my groomer except for near holidays, I pay $50.00 for 45 minutes of work for a small dog and most groomers do not do anal glands on dogs unless asked! They make a very good living and more than most with degrees.

  42. Jane

    My husband and I deliver for DoorDash on some evenings. We’ve gotten orders sent to us that only paid $3.25 and the distance was 10+ miles away. The $3.25 came from DoorDash so there was NO TIP on the delivery order. We use our own car so we pay for gas and insurance and we’re are adding many extra miles to our car.

    There were times, we got very unlucky, like when the restaurant was backed up and we waited a very long time for an order. Getting paid $3.25 for the entire hour to pick up the order and deliver to the person was not even enough to cover the gas, considering gas prices nowadays.

    Please…if you do order from DoorDash, Uber Eats, and similar delivery services, tip at least $5. Even if your order is small, the driver still needs to wait at the restaurant and make the trip for you.

    • Louise

      Can you decide not to accept the small orders?

    • deeroddy

      I deliver for Door Dash also. You can decline low paying / high mileage orders.

  43. Sue

    Okay, here we go. Hair Salon Services – I still don’t get it. I’ve been to many different salons and it’s always the same thing. Color and cut, NO style included, sub par service. I sit and process for 40 minutes and during that time the stylist either sits in back and has something to eat and looks at her phone or occasionally has another client. The total time actually spent with me is about 30 minutes. Time to pay, cost is $200 plus bucks. Many places have this machine called “Tippy”. They take your payment and ASK, actually it almost feels like a demand for a tip, turning this machine toward you with the amount to tip posted. On $200 bucks its $40.00. 20%? I sat there processing most of the time – that’s more than a $1 buck per minute tip. And to top it all off, after you’ve swiped your card in the “Tippy” machine they inform you there is a $2.00 (something like that, don’t know the exact amount) for using the “Tippy” machine. Also, many places now, not just salons are charging the consumer a fee for swiping a card instead of paying cash, passing the transaction charge from the business on to the customer. Isn’t some of this the cost of doing business? As for the hair salon, I don’t mind tipping at all, it’s that I don’t like being TOLD what I have to tip and made to feel obligated. Am I wrong believing that more than a buck per minute tip is too much? And, I’m not judging anyone, but the places I have been, the stylists are usually dressed to the nines and appear to have more money than I do. I don’t feel I should have to tip anyone for eating lunch or cutting the hair of another client. This is always an issue for me and I end up caving under the pressure in the heat of the moment because others are watching and waiting for me. If I tip what I feel is appropriate I know I’ll be pegged a bad tipper. FYI, I would have tipped probably $20 bucks and feel even that amount would be generous.

    • nancy

      so you will pay $200 to get your hair done, but don’t want to leave a tip? Chances are that stylist is NOT getting much of that $200!!!
      find a cheaper hair salon – go to a school if you don’t want to tip

  44. Lisa

    You all are making me feel better about helping out my adult son. I cut his hair for free. We have a large family, and I’m the only one who goes to the salon. I do most of the haircuts, but several of my older kids are learning to cut hair. I think we’re probably saving more money than I realized!

    I always tip my hairstylist very well, but I do go to an inexpensive place. Sometimes I wish they would spend a little more time on my hair.😂

  45. Jo

    I am NOT tipping on my to go orders, that is ridiculous. I tip accordingly, on the service we receive while dining in. Everywhere you go there are tip jars & what not. I recently picked up to go Chinese & paid in cash, she gave me back 5 singles instead of a 5 dollar bill. Maybe she didn’t have it but her attitude after not leaving her a tip in this huge tip jar made me think otherwise. I’m sorry but I just can’t afford to be out here tipping unnecessarily.

    • Cheryl

      I agree. It frustrates me that I can’t put in a pickup order for pizza without them asking me online and then again at the counter if I want to leave a tip. For what? for who? And I started reading this tipping list just out of curiosity to see if I am tipping my hairdresser enough and the list was so so long I stopped reading it. This is insane.

    • aniru

      Yes. Even picking up my own pizza at Papa John’s last night, and it asked me on the website if I wanted to tip 15%-20%. I am the one driving there and walking inside to pick it up. Why am I tipping them to carry it 5 feet from one counter to another?!?! Every place now has a tip option even when you are expected to go in and get a to-go order yourself. It has gotten out of control. Don’t get me wrong. I tip really well when sitting down at a restaurant or using Door Dash or going to a salon, because someone is SERVING me and taking a lot of their time to do it, but why am I expected to tip at a deli or pizza place, where I go in and pick up my food at a counter?… How about owners just start paying their employees better and stop expecting us to do it for them.

  46. Karina

    I agree the tipping is getting out of control. When I go out to eat and am actually served and provided with service I tip 15% no matter the service. If I liked their service etc they get 20%. But the idea of tipping when I go there to pick up my order then I don’t and really don’t feel bad cause they didn’t service me..they did their job! Soo tired of the constant tip jar asking for tips when no service was provided!!

  47. Sara

    Has everyone forgotten that the intention of tipping is for good service, therefore is OPTIONAL! It is not and should not be to subsidize a wage. An employee is paid by the employer, stop putting the pay onus on the customer! Other than that, people should complain publicly about companies that pay less than minimum wage, or the fact that the government allows that at all, the shame is on them. why are Americans ok with this…the rich gets richer and we the people expecting to pay each other through tips?! Stop this insanity and complain to the guys up top!

    • Laura

      When I was a server, most services would log in the credit card tips when clocking out, but none of the cash ones. So they would only be taxed on the low wage and the credit card tips (this is when people used cash and checks as much as credit cards). Not every employee did this, but most when they figured they could go home that night with $30-$50 in cash and have the credit cards tips rolled into their pay for taxes.

  48. KimB

    I always tip at the gas station. I live in a cold area and the last thing I want to do is get out of my car when it’s 4 degrees. They very much appreciate it and I feel strongly they deserve it.

  49. Laura

    Out of all things I would be happy see go to the wayside is involuntary tipping. I know no one is forcing me, but I am being compelled by society standard to tip a certain percentage.
    I would be absolutely fine paying $23 instead of $20 for a steak that I didn’t have to figure the tip onto as well. But most places that accept tips do not want that, they make more with tips. I’ve also noticed the amount of places with tip jars has increased. It really makes me frequent these places less (if at all again) because I find it tacky. I shouldn’t have to tip at fast food places and surely, if you feel like your service is worth $40, you should get $40, not bank on a 20% tip to get $48.

  50. Beverly

    What about when you get your glasses adjusted?

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