How to Tip in EVERY Situation

Making sense of the tipping culture of the United States can be a challenge, even to Americans! Throw in differing standards depending on industry as well as how much of a worker's salary is made up of tips (how would you know, really?), and the whole affair can get mighty thorny. To help you navigate the confusing do's and don'ts, scroll to read what's considered a low, average, and generous tip in every industry where tipping is customary.

  • WAITER: Less than 17% (Low), 17 to 20% (Average), Greater than 20% (High)
  • FOOD DELIVERY: Less than $2 (Low), $2-3 (Average), $4 or 20% (High)
  • FOOD TAKEOUT: $0 (Low), $0-1 (Average), 10-20% (High)
  • BARTENDER: $1 per drink (Low), $1 per beer or $2 per cocktail (Average), $2 per beer or $2-3 per cocktail (High)
  • BARISTA: $0 (Low), Loose change (Average), $1 or more (High)
  • CAB DRIVER: Less than 10% (Low), 10-18% (Average), Greater than 18% (High)
  • VALET: $1 (Low), $2-4 (Average), Greater than $5 (High)
  • BELLMAN: $2-5 total (Low), $2 per bag or $5 minimum in total (Average), $4-5 per bag (High)
  • DOORMAN: $20-50 at Christmas (Low), $50-100 at Christmas (Average), $100-500 at Christmas (High)
  • HAIR OR NAIL STYLIST: Less than 15% (Low), 15-25% (Average), Greater than 25% (High)


For the rundown on more illuminating statistics—the percentage of customers who tip, what percentage of a worker's salary tips make up, and more—head to Business Insider.

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