How much would you say the average American tips their servers when restaurant service is good? GOBankingRates recently surveyed 1,004 Americans aged 18 and older to find out how much they tip based on the perceived service they get.
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The results might surprise you.
How much do you tip when restaurant service is good?
Survey results reveal that nearly 27% of Americans tip 25% or more when restaurant service is good. Those who cannot tip 25% or more will meet at least the 20% threshold, with 41% of Americans tipping 20% for good service.
Exceptional service usually means a tip of 25% or more. Being a generous tip means more than practicing good restaurant etiquette. A service worker’s income depends on tips and goes towards the financial responsibilities in their life. This includes any individuals or family members who depend on server income and pay bills such as rent, utilities, and groceries.
Plus, your tip doesn’t affect the lifetime of a single server. The hotel services chain typically pays multiple people, said Georgia Parker, project coordinator at Blue Orbit Hospitality Consulting. The tip you pay to a waiter is split among the people in the chain. Those who tip 25% or more can benefit many people financially and make them feel better about their jobs and their jobs.
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How much do we tip when restaurant service is bad?
The percentages don’t change much if the service is bad. Regardless of what happens during the dining experience, results from the GOBankingRates survey reveal that 27% of Americans always tip at least 20% no matter what. Nor does any generation try to pay cheap with their tips. From Gen Z to Baby Boomers, more than 20% of respondents in each generation tip at least 20% when dining out.
A 20% tip is the gold standard for tipping in the United States. Should this percentage change for inflation purposes? The short answer is no.
Sam Zietz, CEO of Grubbrr, said diners who tip a restaurant server 20% of their bill will already tip more when the total increases. As food prices rise, restaurants and food service establishments are adapting by raising menu prices to pass on some of the excess costs to consumers. When the price of food increases, the tip price automatically increases with it.
How to be a generous tip
Other results from the GOBankingRates survey reveal that 94% of respondents will tip restaurant servers no matter what.
Whether you tip 20%, 25% or more, anyone can tip generously. Create a budget specifically for the purpose of generous tips when dining out. This ensures that you always have a few extra dollars to tip the servers. If your bill is lower, try to get into the habit of tipping 20% or more.
Remember that tipping neither starts nor stops when you dine out. Tip generously when ordering takeout or receiving delivery through a food delivery app because there is always someone there to make sure your order is correct before delivering it to you. If there’s a tip jar at your favorite bar or cafe, add a few dollars to it. Don’t see a tip jar? Ask about any virtual tip jars the establishment may have where you can make contributions.
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