How much to tip in every situation in the US, from Uber drivers to your hairstylist

Kevork Djansezian/ShutterstockHow much to tip varies by service but is generally 18% of your bill.

  • How much to tip is often more complicated than it needs to be.
  • While tipping varies by service, a solid tip amount is generally 18% of your bill.
  • DealNews broke down the most common tipping situations and how much to tip for each one.

Nothing kills wining and dining than closing out the evening having to mull over just what percentage of your bill should go to the waitstaff.

That’s because figuring out how much to tip, if tipping is required, and whom you should tip to is often more complicated than it needs to be. To help simplify the confusion, controversy, and complication that is tipping,DealNews recently broke down the most common situations in which tipping is expected and how much to tip for each one.

While how much to tip varies by service, a solid tip amount is generally about 18% of your bill – something to bear in mind now that tipping has started going up.

“Many mobile-payment apps now offer the option to just choose a preset percentage amount, which can be very convenient but also might push you into tipping more,” Julie Ramhold, consumer analyst at DealNews, told Business Insider. “Rather than opting for the highest tier of 25%, feel free to choose ‘another amount,’ which many apps offer.”

She said you can incorporate tipping by increasing your budget by 20%. “This allows you to tip adequately for exceptional service, but also allows you to tip less if the situation calls for it.”

“Additionally, you can also consider creating an entirely separate category within your budget only for tipping,” she said. “This means that if your tipping category runs low, you can decide how to dine out based around the tipping amount.” When in doubt, always tip at least a little something.

Below, find out how much to tip in every situation, from your cleaner and your hairstylist to your nail technician and your dog groomer.


AAA tow service

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Standard tip: $US5 to $US10

If the tow bill is high or you can’t afford it, you don’t have to tip.


Airport-shuttle drivers

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Standard tip: 15% (up to 20% for exceptional service)

Tip the shuttle driver the way you would a cab driver.


Apartment/building supers

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Standard tip: $US5 per job (up to $US10 for exceptional service and $US75 to $US150 if it’s around the holidays)

Tip when the job is complete.


Appliance delivery

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Standard tip: $US10 per person (up to $US20 per person for exceptional service)


Babysitters

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Standard tip: 10% (up to 15% for exceptional service, and one week’s pay for the holidays to be gifted beforehand)

Exceptional service includes things like cooking dinner, picking up kids at an event, doing a big activity with the kids, dealing with a sick child, accepting last-minute booking, and staying later than planned.


Bartenders

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Standard tip: $US1 per drink or 15% of the total bill

Tip before you get your drink if you want better service.


Bathroom attendants

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Standard tip: $US0.50 if they hand you a paper towel (up to $US2 to $US3 per service for exceptional service, such as mending hems or polishing shoes)

Tipping isn’t always allowed.


Bellhops/porters

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Standard tip: $US1 to $US2 per bag, $US5 minimum

Tip when they deliver bags to the room and when they pick the bags up.


Bus drivers (not mass transit)

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Standard tip: $US1 to $US2

Only tip if they handle your luggage.


Cable/internet/satellite installers

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Standard tip: $US20

Tip when the job is complete.


Car-wash employees

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Standard tip: $US2 to $US3 for a basic wipe down, $US5 to $US10 for more complicated washes, 15% for detailing

Tip when the job is complete.


Carryout/takeout restaurants

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Standard tip: $US0 (up to 10% for exceptional service)

Tip if your order is complicated, large, or delivered curbside.


Caterers

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Standard tip: 15% to 20% of total bill, or $US50 per server

Tip when paying the final bill or when the event is over.


Chauffeurs

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Standard tip: 10% (up to 15% for exceptional service)


Coat checkers

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Standard tip: $US1 per coat (an extra $US2 to $US5 when picking up if you’re feeling generous)

Tip when dropping the coat off.


Concierges

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Standard tip: $US5 (up to $US20 for exceptional service)

Tip when you receive the service. Tip little or nothing at all if the concierge only provides directions.


Dog groomers

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Standard tip: 15% (up to 20% for exceptional service and $US10 to $US100 during the holidays, depending on the frequency of your visits throughout the year)

Tip when you pick up your pet.


Doormen (apartment building)

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Standard tip: a bottle of wine or box of chocolates

Only tip around the holidays.

Here’s how much to tip your doorman if you’re giving a cash gift.


Dry cleaning or laundry pickup

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Standard tip: $US3 to $US5, depending on the size of the wash

Consider tipping during both pickup and delivery if the people are different.


Enterprise employees

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Standard tip: $US1 to $US5

Most Enterprise drivers don’t expect a tip, so it’s a pleasant surprise. They should be tipped just like cab drivers.


Fast-casual restaurants

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Standard tip: extra change (up to $US2 for exceptional service)

Tip when paying. The jars are divvied up among staff, so you’re tipping the whole team.


Flower delivery

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Standard tip: $US2 to $US5

Tip when paying for delivery. It’s not customary to tip, but if you don’t want the recipient to feel obligated to tip, tip when paying for delivery. You also might want to tip if the delivery person has to navigate stairs or bad weather.


Food delivery

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Standard tip: $US10% or $US2 minimum

Tip when paying online or when the food is delivered.


Furniture delivery

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Standard tip: $US5 per person (up to $US20 for exceptional service)

Tip when the job is complete, and offer cold drinks if the furniture was heavy or it was a tough delivery.


Garbage collectors

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Standard tip: $US15 (up to $US25)

Tip around the holidays.


Gardeners

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Standard tip: One week’s pay if they visit regularly; otherwise, $US20 to $US50

Tip around the holidays or at the end of a growing season. Tip in cash with a sincere thank you note. Gifts are also acceptable in the price range of $US20 to $US50.


Haircuts/blowouts

Standard tip: 10% to 15% (up to 15% to 20% for exceptional service)

Tip after the service is completed, and tip everyone involved. For example, different people washing and drying your hair should receive $US5. The person doing most of the work should receive the biggest tip.


Housekeepers (personal)

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Standard tip: One week’s pay

Tip around the holidays.


Housekeeping (hotels)

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Standard tip: $US2 per night (up to $US5 per night)

Tip daily since different people could be cleaning the room every day.


Janitors

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Standard tip: $US15 (up to $US25 for exceptional service)

Tip around the holidays.


Karaoke DJs

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Standard tip: $US10 (up to $US20 for exceptional service)

Tip at the end of the night.


Laundromats (drop-off service)

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Standard tip: $US0 (up to $US2 to $US3 for exceptional service)

Tipping isn’t required, but a nice gesture when they have gone above and beyond. Tip for stain removal, small repairs, or if the load is particularly large, and do so when picking up your laundry.


Mail carriers

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Standard tip: $US15 (up to $US20 for exceptional service)

Tip around the holidays. You can also tip with non-cash gifts up to $US20.


MaĆ®tre d’s

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Standard tip: $US5 (up to $US25 for exceptional service)

Tip for special efforts.


Makeup artists

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Standard tip: 15% (up to 25% for exceptional service)

Tip at the end of the service.


Manicures/pedicures

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Standard tip: 15% (up to 20% for exceptional service)


Massages

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Standard tip: 10% to 15% (up to 20% for exceptional service)


Movers

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Standard tip: $US10 per person (up to $US25 per person for exceptional service)

Supply cold drinks and lunch if it’s a tough move.


Musicians (for events)

Standard tip: $US15 per person (up to $US20 per person for exceptional service)

Tipping isn’t necessary, but is a nice gesture. Tip after the ceremony, reception, or event.


Nannies

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Standard tip: One week’s pay

Tip around the holidays.


Newspaper delivery

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Standard tip: $US15 (up to $US25 for exceptional service)

Tip around the holidays.


Package delivery

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Standard tip: $US5 (up to $US10 for exceptional service)

Tipping here should be considered as an extra gift for those hauling heavy packages to your door. If they had to climb several stairs or it’s extremely hot, consider tipping more.


Parking attendants (residential buildings)

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Standard tip: $US15 (up to $US25 for exceptional service)

Tip around the holidays.


Parking-lot workers (home-improvement stores)

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Standard tip: $US10

Tip when they assist with loading a heavy item into your car.


Parking valets

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Standard tip: $US2 (up to $US5 for exceptional service)

Tip when your vehicle is retrieved, although it’s also been suggested to tip when dropping your vehicle off.


Personal trainers

Standard tip: $US20 (up to $US50 for exceptional service)

Tip around the holidays, but do so discreetly.


Plumbers

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Standard tip: $US10 for smaller jobs (up to 10% of total job for exceptional service)


Porters/skycaps

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Standard tip: $US1 per bag or $US2 per heavy item (up to $US2 per bag if they bring your luggage to the counter)


Room service

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Standard tip: $US5 minimum

If gratuity is added to the check, you don’t need to tip.


Shoe shiners

Standard tip: $US2 (up to $US3 for exceptional service)


Spa services

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Standard tip: 15% (up to 20% for exceptional service)


Taxi drivers

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Standard tip: 15% to 20% of your fare

Tip after your ride ends.


Tour guides

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Standard tip: 10% to 20% of total tour cost; $US1 per person when drivers double as guides

It’s acceptable to not tip tour guides at national parks and other government sites. For amiable drivers, passengers may be asked to contribute $US1 per person. If the tour is long with no built-in gratuity, passengers should each contribute $US5 to $US10 to the guide and $US5 to $US10 to the driver.


Uber/Lyft

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Standard tip: $US1 to $US2 per person for shorter rides; 10% (up to 20% for exceptional service)

Tip at the end of the ride, and tip extra for traffic, construction, distance, inconveniences, and if the driver helps with luggage or packages.


Waitstaff

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Standard tip: 15% (up to 20% for exceptional service)

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