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July 9, 2014

Tipping Etiquette

Tipping is so important! If you are afforded great service it is only right for you to show your appreciation and the best way to do that is through a tip. Here are some guidelines for tipping.
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  • In a restaurant the general rule is to give 15-20% of the bill. I usually give 15% for good service and 20% for great service.
  • When you have food delivered the tip should be more along the lines of 10-15% of the bill. Also, when having pizza delivered $2-5 is the usual range.
  • A restroom attendant should be tipped any where from $0.50 to $3. Make sure to bring your purse with you to the restroom so you can tip. I have forgotten to do this a few times and have to run back to the table for money (insert face palm here).
  • At the salon 15-20% of the total should be split among those who have provided a service for you.
  • A service person who comes to your home, whether that be an exterminator or maintenance person, usually gets $10-15. If you have a weekly worker be sure to tip around the holidays. For example, $10-20 per lawn care worker. 
  •  For a valet a $2-5 tip is best.
  • When a doorman assists you beyond opening the door a tip is in order. If your luggage is carried $1-4 and if a cab is hailed $1-2.
  • Housekeepers generally should be tipped $2-5 a day, depending on the quality of work, and a simple note should be left with the tip to indicate that housekeeping is the intended recipient. 
  • A bellhop should receive $2 for the first bag and $1 for each additional bag.
  • If a concierge gets standard tickets or reservations he or she should be tipped $5-10 and $15 for hard to get tickets or reservations. 
  • Taxi drivers should be tipped 15-20% of the fare with a minimum of $1. They should also be tipped if they help with bags at the same rate as a bellhop. 
Sales tax should be disregarded when calculating tips. Also, be sure to look for a gratuity charge on the bill because there is no need to tip twice!  


Note: Most of the information here was sourced from The Emily Post Institute


  1. This is a very helpful post, I never know when it's too much or too little.

  2. Also wanted to let you know that I nominated you for a 'Why I Write' blog hop. All the info can be found in a post at my blog, which will be up tomorrow. :)

    1. That was very kind, thank you! I'll work on that post soon. What blog did the hop originate on?

  3. I just wanted to kindly inform you that the amount that that should be tipped is no longer 15-20%, and that it went up some time ago. It is appropriate to tip 20%, and that is because the federal minimum wage for tipped employees is only about $2.10 (or something close to that). I am a waitress in Michigan and luckily ours here is $2.65 an hour. Just thought I would kindly share because it is so important for everyone to know the current standard when servers have to make a living off of tips.