Tipping Guidelines (How to Tip)

I always feel bad when service industry folks get slighted. Here’s some customary tipping guidelines from the good folks at tipping.org:

— Tip if someone serves you personally.

— Tips go up according to circumstance, such as a delivery in bad weather, or if a customer sits for a long time at a table, preventing a server from seating another diner and getting a second tip.

— A tip may be warranted in what’s normally a no-tip situation if a job is extra tough and done well, such as a snowplower who has carefully cleared a long, steep, curvy driveway.

— If you don’t want a service, don’t be afraid to say so: “Thanks, I’ll get my own bag.”

— If you do use a service, tip.

— It’s OK not to tip if tips aren’t a large part of a person’s earnings; coming back is tip enough.

— Traditionally, business owners aren’t tipped, but it’s OK to offer a tip if they wait on you personally; they can refuse. Small gifts are an alternative.

— If you are unsure whether to tip, speak up; it’s OK to ask what’s customary.


Taxi drivers: 10 percent to 15 percent

Beauty professionals: 15 percent to 20 percent

Restaurant servers: 15 percent to 20 percent

Pizza deliverers: $2 a pie is generous

A concierge: $5 for special service

A room-service waiter: 15 percent

Housekeeping: $2 to $4 per night. Leave the tip on the pillow, in a labeled envelope or at the front desk.

You don’t have to tip in a free shuttle, but tip the driver $1 per bag if he or she helps you with your luggage.

7 thoughts on “Tipping Guidelines (How to Tip)”

  1. I didn’t see anything there about tipping on Take-Out. I’ve decided (thanks to comments on my site) that a service isn’t provided for it, so therefore not necessary. I haven’t gotten off my ass to research it myself tho.

  2. Tip the housekeepers on the first day and the last day. You should approach them and let them know it’s for them. Don’t just leave money out, unless you make it very clear (ie. leave it on the pillow)

    Many housekeepers are very leary to accept a tip that is not handed to them. Many times people will report money missing in their rooms. Most good housekeepers won’t loose a $15/hour job over $3 in change on the dresser.

  3. What about tipping house painters? Any guidelines? And if you do tip, do you give one tip for them to divide amongst themselves, even though one may have only worked one day and another may have worked 7 days? There were 6 guys in and out for about 8 days. Thanks for any help.

  4. interesting. i work in a resort hotel and often deliver requested items (pool towels, cribs, high chairs, etc) to guests in their rooms but am rarely tippped. do you think this is a tip-able situation?

  5. I have noticed in certain hotels at Walt Disney World that there are two bellhops. One is outside to unload the car onto a baggage cart. Another is inside to take the baggage cart to the room. Who do I tip and how much?
    Thanks for the help.

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