Do you know proper tipping etiquette?
Imagine this scenario.
You’ve order a new bed and you couldn’t be more excited for it to be delivered. You hire movers who do the heavy lifting and maneuvering, navigating corners, stairs, and doorways to place your newest investment exactly where you want it.
Without them, your dream of restful nights in this new mattress would never become a reality.
You know this… and you thank them profusely.
But here’s the real question.
Do you tip?
Figuring out how much to tip can be a confusing process, and the etiquette around it changes depending on who you ask. If you check out any guide, you’ll start to notice that the rates change depending on the service.
In certain service industries, tipping ends up comprising a large chunk of an employee’s take-home pay. That’s why pretty much everybody knows that tipping between 10 and 20% is standard for waiters; because this money makes up a huge portion of what they end up netting by the end of their shift. But when it comes to other service jobs – like the parking valet or your movers – the standard is way less known.
Of course, nobody wants to get the reputation of being cheap. That’s why it’s good to get an idea what’s expected. So how much do you tip?
Here’s a Guide of How Much to Tip in the Following Industries:
Waiter: 15% for adequate service, 20% for exceptional service. For poor service, leave 10% or less.
Food delivery: 10%, $2 minimum
Bartender: $1/drink (or 15% of total bill)
Personal services (hairdresser/spa services/manicurist): 15%-20%
Housekeeper: $2 to $5 per night
Barista: No tip required, though many suggest dropping coins or cash into the tip jar
Takeout: No tip required unless something special is done
Parking Valet: Most sites say to tip $2, though some suggest $5
Uber or Lyft Driver or Taxi Cab: 10-15%
Mover: Most of the time $5-$20. Some recommend simply offering cold drinks.
Concierge: $5-$20 depending on the service
The Bottom Line?
Tipping is a complicated affair.
We all want to show our appreciation for people in service industries and understanding how much is appropriate to tip is a huge part of that. But sometimes the difference between 15% and 20% can feel like too much for our bank account to handle.
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Data Source: businessinsider.com