How Much to Tip in the U.S.
Remember, the U.S. is the gold standard when it comes to tipping. Almost no other country's service industry relies so heavily on tips for a livable income, and while some places—such as San Francisco's Zazie restaurant—are doing away with tipping entirely, it remains a huge part of our culture. With so much fluctuating info, it's sometimes difficult to known how much to tip the pizza delivery person or whether to tip your Uber Eats courier. Here's a handy tipping guide to make things easier:
Restaurant servers: 15-20 percent of the bill (though 18 percent and above is increasingly standard). Many U.S. servers make $2.13 an hour and depend on tips for their livelihood. If they show you some love, reciprocate.
Bartenders: $1 per drink is standard when ordering at the bar (though if that cocktail you've ordered is complex—say, with muddled mint or frothed egg white—put down $2), or 15-20 percent of the overall tab.
Baristas: A few coins for a simple coffee or snack, a dollar and up for more complex orders.
Spa services (hair-stylist, massage therapist): 15-20 percent of the total service.
Taxi driver: 15-20 percent of the total fare.
Uber & Lyft drivers: While tipping Uber drivers was originally discouraged, both services now allow riders to tip in cash or via their apps for a limited time post-trip (saving folks like my dad from that “what to do” agony). The amount remains up to you, but consider tipping the same as taxis: 15-20 percent. For short trips, this equates to a dollar or two at most. The same goes for Uber Eats, where tipping is not required, but appreciated.
Pizza and other restaurant deliveries: 15 percent for standard service.
Take out: Tipping is not expected, but some customers like to leave a dollar or two.
Movers: 10-15 percent, depending on how they did. With multi-day, long-distance moves the tip is often incorporated into the overall fee, so check beforehand.
Hotel porters: $1-2 per bag.
Hotel housekeeping: $2-5 per night, left each morning with a note and/or in an envelope so that the intended person receives it.
Hotel concierge: $5-10, depending on the service.
Valet: $5-10 at pick-up.