How Much to Tip
The general rule is that you should pay 15 percent tip for OK service,
20 percent if it was great service, and 10 percent if it was bad service.
People tip for three reasons: 1) Because it is socially expected
of them, 2) To reward/pay the person serving them, and 3) to make
sure they get adequate service next time they visit that establishment
or need that service. Below are more specific tip recommendations.
How much to tip in a restaurant? Here you can use the general rule described
above: 10% (bad service), 15% (OK service), and 20% (great service).
Note that you do not tip Uncle Sam, so percentage should be calculated
before tax is added. You can use the same percentage in a bar, but make sure
to give the bartender at least $1.00 tip per drink. Furthermore, bathroom
and coatroom attendants should get $1 each.
How much to tip in a hotel? Get your cash out because you are tipping
First tip the doorman $1.00 per bag to bring in the luggage, then tip the
bellhop $1.00 per bag for bringing the luggage to your room, then pay 10 percent tip
on room service. If something breaks in your room, tip the repair person $2.00.
Then, when you leave, tip the maid $3/night. Don't forget to also tip the
hotel concierge for any services like getting your restaurant reservation or
tickets to a show. Concierge will be happy with $5.00. When you leave, you have to
pay the bellhop and doorman again according to how many bags you have. You also tip
the doorman an extra $1.00 to hail a taxi.
How much to tip valet? First of all, you do not tip the person that opens
your door and parks your car. You tip the person that retrieves your car and
gives it to you. Most common tip is $2.00. However, if you are at a very fancy
restaurant or you want to be extra nice, you could give as much as $5.00.
How much to tip a taxi driver? Most taxi drivers would be happy with 15
percent. If they have to help you with bags, add a $1.00 per bag.
How much to tip delivery of pizza and other delivery services.
The pizza delivery person you can tip $2 per pizza, and other food
delivery people about 10 percent before tax. There is no need to tip for
delivery of mail or packages, but if you get a lot of delivery from
the same person, you may want to give him or her a $20 to $50
Christmas bonus. We also give our US Postal delivery person a little
something every Christmas.
How much to tip at the salon? You should tip a hairdresser or barber for
haircuts, shampoo, shave, etc. Tip a hairdresser or barber 15 percent. However, if it
is one of those inexpensive haircut places where you can get a haircut for $8.00 or
something like that, we recommend that you tip at least $3.00.
In addition to hair salons, 15 percent is a good tip for manicurists,
massages, and other personal services like that. Note, that you only tip employees.
You do not tip for these services if the service is provided by the owner.
What NOT to Tip
Electricians, plumbers, and other professionals like that do not need to be
tipped.Furthermore, tipping retailers like Starbucks is optional.