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Tips on Tipping for 63 Services

How much do you tip a salmon fishing guide? Do you have to tip the coffee-shop guy who takes your money after you've served yourself? How much do you tip a private yacht charter captain, particularly if he owns the boat?

It's not hard to guess how much to tip hairdressers, but do you tip the gal who washes your hair? How about if she gives you a head and neck massage as well?

Everyone seems to have their hand out these days, so we've put together the following general guidelines to help you make sense out of when to tip dollars or cents.

tip jar

Restaurant and Food Tips

1. Wait Staff - 15% to 20% of the total.

2. Bartenders – 15% to 20% if you run a tab or $1 per drink if you pay each time you order.

3. Parking Valets – $1 to $2, depending on the quality of restaurant or hotel.

4. Sushi Chefs - 15%

5. Wine Stewards – 15% to 20% of your total wine purchase. This only applies if the sommelier helped select your wine.

6. Take-Out Food – 10% when you pay. Make sure you tip based on the entire check if you use restaurant coupons.

7. Mom & Pop Coffee Shops – $1 if you're just purchasing a drink. 10% if you're running a tab or making a meal-sized purchase.

8. Chain Coffee Shops - 25 cents tossed in the tip jar, if they were nice and you feel like it. More if they made you a complex drink and served it pleasantly. Nothing if you got your own cup and filled it while all they did was take your cash.

9. Coat Room Attendants – $1 per coat for up to five coats and 50 cents per coat for six or more.

10. Washroom Attendant – $1

taxi meter

Driving Service Tips

11. Taxi – 10% to 15% is standard and 20% if the driver helps you with heavy bags.

12. Limo – 15% to 20% of the total bill.

13. Long-term Parking Shuttle Driver - $1 to $2 per bag, if the driver assists you with your bags.

hair salon

Hair Salon Tips

14. Stylist - 15% to 20%

15. Colorist - 15% to 20%

16. Barber - 15% to 20%

17. Shampoo Tech – $1 to $2, depending on the length of the shampoo and if they gave you a nice head and neck massage first.

18. Nail Technician - 15% to 20%

spa

Spa Tips

19. Massage Therapists - 10% to 20% per massage.

20. Aestheticians/Facialists - 10% to 20% per service.

21. Spa Attendants - Tip 5% of your total bill at the front desk or directly to any attendant who went the extra mile.

22. Shave Service – $1 to $2

23. Makeup Artists - 10%

pizza delivery bike

Delivery Tips

24. Pizza – $2 to $5 depending on the distance the delivery person had to drive. If you use pizza coupons, make sure you tip based on the total price of the check. Check first to make sure a small tip was not already included in the total price, but make sure this isn't a "service fee" not shared with drivers.

25. Furniture - $5 per large item delivered. You may want to tip more if the delivery requires a lot of set up.

26. Flowers - $1 to $10, depending on the size of the arrangement.

27. Urban Delivery Services – 5% to 10%

housekeeping staff

Hotel Tips - Remember to tip based on the total bill, even if you've used hotel coupons.

28. Housekeeping Staff – $1 to $5, depending on the hotel's quality and extra services provided. Tip daily as staff varies and put the cash in a sealed enveloped indicating it's for housekeeping.

29. Bellhops – $1 per bag. It's not necessary to tip extra for showing you where the bathroom is located.

30. Room Service - 10% to 15%. Many hotels add the gratuity to your bill automatically, so be sure to check before you tip.

31. Valets – $1 to $2 based on the overall parking fee. Tip $2 if the charge is over $10.

32. Doormen - $1 to $2 per bag if they provide assistance but tipping is not required if the doorman just opens the door.

33. Concierge - You don't need to tip for simple requests, but give them $2 to $5 if the concierge arranged entertainment or restaurant reservations.

squirrel blackjack dealer

Casino Tips

34. Drink Servers - $1 to $2 per drink.

35. Blackjack Dealers - $5 chip per gambling session (higher at high limit tables). Also, you can set up a side bet for the dealer as a tip, usually at the minimum betting level.

36. Poker Dealers - $5 chip per dealer (rotated usually every half hour). Big winners should tip a bit extra.

salmon fishing guide

Travel & Entertainment Tips

37. Salmon Fishing Guides - 15% is the average for independent fishing guides, but not less than 10%.

38. Museum Guides - $1 per tour participant.

39. Tour Guides – $1 to $5 per person if you're touring in a group, unless a service fee is included in the tour price.

40. Private Yacht Charter Captain - 95% of charter captains turn tips over to their crew. Typically, a mate should get 15% to 20% of whatever the charter cost, particularly if they handled fish-cleaning duties.

41. SkyCaps – $3 to $5 per bag.

42. Disc Jockeys - $5 for requests. $20 to $50 for employers.

43. Musicians & Singers - 8%

gas station attendant

Miscellaneous Tips

44. Gas Station Attendants – $1 to $2 for attendants who actually pump your gas, unless included in the cost. (Yeah, like these exist anymore.)

45. Grocery Baggers – $1 to $3, depending on the number of bags delivered and loaded into your car. $3 for a full cart.

46. Tattoo Artists – 10% to 20%, depending on the difficulty and amount of work performed.

47. Piercing Technicians – 10%

48. Movers – $10 to $20 per mover, depending on the amount of work necessary.

49. Tow Truck Operators – $3 to $5 per car towed, even if it's covered by AAA.

50. Shoe Shine People – $3 per pair and $5 if the shoes are extremely dirty.

51. Dog Groomers - $10

52. Auto Detailers - 5%

dog walker

Holiday Tips

53. Garbage Collectors – $10 $15 per person but don't put the cash out with your trash.

54. Babysitters/Day Care Personnel – A small gift card for babysitter's favorite store. $15 to $25 and a gift for regular day care.

55. Newspaper Carriers - $5 to $15

56. Personal Trainers - Price of one session.

57. Tennis Coaches - Price of one session.

58. Dog Walkers - One week's salary.

59. Housekeepers – One-half a week's pay during the holiday season or more if the cleaning person performs a lot of extra services.

60. Hair Stylists- 30% instead of the usual 15% to 20%, unless the stylist owns the salon. You might buy a stylist owner a nice gift during the holidays, however.

61. Manicurists - $10 to $50

62. Mail Carriers – Government employees are prohibited from receiving money as a gift or gratuity, but the Postal Service tends to turn a blind eye during the holidays. A $5 to $10 tip is sufficient, unless your mail is delivered by a different carrier each day. Even better, write a letter of appreciation to the carrier's supervisor.

63. Sherpas – Tip one Yak for making it up the mountain and an additional Yak every time the sherpa has to save you from falling off the mountain.

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