Have you ever wondered how much to tip your server at a restaurant?
Should you tip the person at the counter who hands you your food when it was you who went into the restaurant to pick up your food order?
What about that little plastic cup that says, “Tips” inside your local fast-food joint? Should you leave a tip?
Well, Best Men’s Health and Lifestyle is going to help you be a more sophisticated tipper. After reading this article you will never question, how much to tip a service provider.
- The first thing you must know is that many in the service industry rely on tips as a major contributor to their income.
- The second thing to know is that not all tipping situations are created equal. While the service may be the same, there may be circumstances that may require an increase in the standard tip such as tipping the delivery person who drove in a thunderstorm to deliver your meal versus it being delivered on a perfect sunny 75-degree day. Or tipping the staff at a 5-star restaurant vs tipping when eating at a national restaurant chain that is your regular Friday night family spot.
- Always check and verify if tipping is allowed as well as if the gratuity is already included in the bill.
Below is a chart that will help you know how much to tip for the services you receive. In addition, here is a handy dandy Pocket Card Tip Table Calculator.
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How Much to Tip Service Providers
Food and Drink (F&B) Service
|Dine-In Wait Staff||20% – Great Service (Pretax)|
|Dine-In Wait Staff||15% – Good Service (Pretax)|
|Dine-In Wait Staff||10% – Ordinary Service (Pretax)|
|Tip Jar at Fast Food Joint||Optional|
|Bartender||$2 per drink / 10%-15% of bar bill|
|Take-out order that you pick up||Optional|
|Take-out order that is brought to your car||$2-$4 or 10% of the bill|
|Barista||$1 per coffee|
Food Delivery Service
|Pizza Delivery||$2-$5 or 10%-15%|
|Delivery Service i.e. DoorDash or UberEats||10%-15%|
|Housekeeper||$2-$5 per day (not at the end of your stay)|
$10 per day at a higher-end hotel
|Room Service||10% with gratuity added to the bill|
20% without gratuity added to the bill
|Bellhop||$2-$3 per bag|
$5 at a higher-end hotel
|Concierge||$5+ for completing request|
|Doorman hailing you a cab||$5-$10|
|Valet Parking||$2-$5 upfront|
|Housekeeper||$5-$10 for light housekeeping / small home|
$10 – $20 for larger projects / homes
|Regular Housekeeper||Tip a little less, but give a nice gift/bonus at the end of the year|
|Doorman hailing a cab|| $5|
Gift the same doorman $75-$100 at the end of the year
Grooming and Relaxation Services
|Barber / Hairdresser||20%|
Travel & Transportation Services
|Airport Curbside Check-In||$5 per bag / more for larger bags|
|Airport Shuttle Bus Driver||$3-$5|
|Ride Shares (i.e., Uber, Lyft)||15%-20%|
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