You know that awkward moment where you pull out your phone + open up your calculator app so you can figure out how much you should tip your waiter? Or that moment when you got a manicure + a pedicure + you aren’t sure if you should double tip the woman who did them? Never fear, I have put together a guide on who you should tip, who you may want to tip, and how much you should tip them.
The ones who feed you
Wait staff is almost always tipped. If they serve you, you should tip them. If you have a large party, gratuity is sometimes included. Keep in mind, you may not just be tipping them. You may also be tipping the hostesses, bussers + food runners. A good tip is considered around 20%. A good way to do it is to move the decimal to the left + double it, or if you’re lazy, round-up the tax, double that + add $1.
Bartenders are also tipped. Usual, y you will tip them 10% on your total bill or $1/ drink. If you are getting elaborate drinks all night, you may want to add a little more.
Delivery people are also tipped. Even though there is a delivery charge, it doesn’t always go back to them in the form of a tip. You should tip $3-7 depending on how far they drove or how much you ordered. If you ordered 15 pizzas, fork over a Hamilton.
For a counter person or take-out order, you may want to throw a buck in the tip jar. I eat at McAlister’s Deli a lot. I do not tip every time I go. If I do pay in cash, however, I will put something in the tip jar.
If you are getting a massage, you should tip 10-15% to most sources. Depending on how expensive the spa is, I tip $5 or $10. If I use a Groupon, I usually tip more since I am getting a big discount for the service. Hairstylist, barbers, manicurist, or other spa service people should be tipped around 15%.
Marriott is about to add envelopes in their hotel rooms in which you can leave a tip for the housekeeper who cleans your room. $2-5 per night seems to be the most common recommendation or a lump sum at the end. I think it is best to tip nightly since they may do a better job knowing you appreciate their effort. Bellhops should be tipped around $1/ bag that they help you with. The concierge could be tipped anything from $5 to $20 depending on how much you utilize them while you are there. A chauffeur and/or taxi driver should get around 10-15% of the total fare.
Whether or not you tip your mechanic depends on your relationship with them. $10 would be a decent tip for their normal services. Movers should get anywhere between $10-20 each, more if there is a lot involved in your move.
Some people should be tipped annual-usually around the holidays. These people might include personal housekeeper, nanny, doorman, personal trainer, gardener, dog walker, mail man, etc. You could either tip them, or give them a gift. It is up to you to decide what would be the most appropriate and appreciated.
I hope I have answered a lot of your questions regarding tipping. I know I have answered many of my own. Do you have any questions or comments about tipping? Comment them below! Below is a great chart on who +how much to tip thanks to Wait but Why.